Red Herring: “something unimportant that is used to stop people from noticing or thinking about something important” (Merriam-Webster)
I expect to see this in today’s politics because debate is no longer followed (cynical I know), but I should not expect this in important life threatening issues and stories.
Social media misuse is allowing certain individual to inject their hate into what might have been a very important message. Its misuse is turning seemingly productive conversations into bigoted rants; and that is the entire agenda of these individuals. They simply love to sow chaos and discord.
The delete and block buttons are wonderful tools to combat these individuals, I highly suggest you use those rather than try to debate them because remember, they do not believe in debate.
Red herring and other fallacies are contributing towards the death of debate, civil discourse, and constructive criticism. Society is giving a pass to those who do this.
Do not give them a pass.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III