mashable.com - 7 days ago
Facebook is dangerous for Democracy—here's why
Digital technology has revolutionized the modern world but as tech becomes more intelligent, its dangers on society become more transparent.
From Trump’s tweet depicting himself wrestling ‘CNN’ to the ground to the detailed Facebook targeting used to win the Brexit vote, social media is proving to have a profound effect on humanity—and let’s not fool ourselves, this is dangerous. Global leaders are taking advantage of social platforms to bypass the media and speak directly to the people, and walled gardens like Facebook are not only proponents of this behavior but are also directly contributing to keeping our population in divided silos. Truth be told, the reality of social tech’s impact is beginning to feel a lot like an episode of "Black Mirror." Journalists are still trying to report the facts but publishers are feeling the heat. Just this week, over 2,000 publishers from around the world including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post, joined forces by asking Congress to work collectively against Facebook and Google in negotiations about news distribution, data, advertising, and revenue. A distorted reality Russia aside, most experts agree that Facebook had a definitive impact on the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Ninety million dollars were pumped into Facebook digital advertising campaigns to generate $250 million in online fundraising for Trump and secure votes for the red ticket.
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