The Year 2020: Conspiracy theories, breakout stars reach the masses on social media

Comedian Sarah Cooper and vegan cook Tabitha Brown delighted viewers on TikTok as Verzuz battles pitted musical legends against each other. False conspiracies spread like wildfire.
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Social media was a double-edged sword this year. A source for desperately needed communication and connection, but also a potential breeding ground for turmoil and misinformation during the covid-19 pandemic. And now to the growing number of hoaxes popping up online. Public health experts are saying that mixed messages and misinformation can be just as dangerous as the virus itself. The problem with the internet and social media sites is that you can choose any reality you want. You now have a prairie fire of misinformation and you have a prairie fire of conspiracy. As pressure mounted, new Twitter and Facebook policies were announced to curb the spread of misinformation. Twitter is now flagging tweets that are misinformation. To see the president of the United States posting on Twitter and a banner saying, "This is false," how did we get to that point? Because of all his crazy tweets, finally Twitter was like, "That's false." I do think that we've got to really completely reassess the way social media operates in this country. President trump found another enemy this year in the social platform of choice for teens and tweens across the country. This morning, the clock is ticking on tiktok. With the stroke of a pen, president trump issuing executive shutting down the wildly popular apps that have taken social media by storm. 2020 has thrown a lot at us, but when I thought tiktok was going away, I was not well. But the proposed ban never came to pass, and despite the drama, tiktok-ers danced and stunted their way through our year in isolation. Tiktok dance challenges from the "Wipe it down" to "Something new" helped us to quell the That wipe it down? Wipe it, wipe it. Every time I looked in the mirror, I was still cute. The choreography section of the tutorial takes a lot less time than explaining to grandpa what tiktok is. Look I just flipped the switch I actually flipped the switch with my co-anchor nischelle turner. When I had to squeeze into her ess and I couldn't zip it, I mean, look. She's a very fit and tiny woman and I'm a very large man whose belly knows a good steak or two. Over on Instagram live, versus music battles raged, featuring both contemporary stars and Hool music legends. Hey, are you watching Patti Labelle and Gladys knight on verzuz? If you didn't see, it was extraordinary. You know I can't hit that note. We got to see brandy and Monica together. We got to see teddy Riley and babyface together. It was so beautiful and heartwarming. 2020 provided a unique opportunity for newly minted social media stars. With an enormous audience stuck at home, social stars broke into the mainstream like never before. I think Sarah cooper was the breakout social star of 2020. She brought so much joy during this insane dark time. And then I see the disinfect Tant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or -- or almost a cleaning. At first glance, you're like, she's just lip-syncing trump. But then you realize she's rexposing how ridiculous what he's saying is. Someone called it reverse mansplaining, which was, I think, a great term because he's mansplaining to us, and then I'm sort of mansplaining back to him how stupid he sounds. That's amazing. How did you do that? Tab that brown's first tiktok video was posted in March. She took her 18-year-old daughter's cue to create an account and post 60-second clips of her homecooked vegan recipes. You can put as much as you want. You want the salt, that's okay. 4.5 million followers later, she's the warm, comforting mother we all needed this year. She always starts like this. Hello there. And you're like, "Hi Ta" Y'all all right? I'm okay. It's been hard out there hasn't it? How did you know? You need a hug? Well, sometimes potato wedges feel like they're hugging you. At least that's how I feel. Eople are living alone during this time. Some people don't have any light in their life. And so, I thought maybe I can be the light for one minute a day, and it became a responsibility fo I was like, "I'm going to be okay, because Tabitha brown said so." Despite its issues, social media provided us a welcome break from reality in a year we needed it most. As crazy as social media is and as dangerous as it can be, it's letting the world see the talent and beauty of certain people who may or may not have been able to have that talent shine in any other way. You know, we want to see guys saving puppies from alligators over and over and over again to let us know that there is good in the world and it's worth it and, you know, 2021 is only going to be better.

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