Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 24/01/2018 19:39

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of the social media network's effect on American democracy. Samidh Chakrabarti, the company's product manager for civic engagement, said the 2016 presidential election has forced Facebook to confront harsh questions about the role it has played in spreading false information and intensifying divisiveness in the current political climate.

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In a blogpost, Facebook product manager Samidh Chakrabarti says that “at its best, [social media] allows us to express ourselves and take action. At its worst, it allows people to spread misinformation and corrode democracy.

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