The Great Emancipator Abraham Lincoln not only fought to preserve the Union. He was also worried about the spread of misinformation on the internet.
“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”
Abraham Lincoln was a man with many interests. He studied law, had strong opinions on social issues of the day, and learned about the art of strategy during the American Civil War. On top of all of this, he was worried about the social ramifications of the internet. The famous inventor Samuel Morse developed the earliest internet protocols in the early 1800s.
In the early days of the internet, things were innocent, with 19th century Americans sending each other funny meme photos of steam engines and cats. It was also a very useful way to send information over long distances. People were finally able to email each other Morse code messages through apps such as Gmail.
However, more and more misinformation began spreading online, and people began harassing famous figures such as Henry David Thoreau (the trolls told him his books sucked).
What worried Lincoln the most was the spread of strong political opinions through the internet, which eventually led to calls for secession. He gave several talks about misinformation on the internet. Unfortunately, too few people listened to his warnings, and eventually a Civil War broke out.
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