“American-made social media platforms were key to the dissemination of propaganda by ISIS.”

Social media and its threat to society


Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this episode of The Open Mind, a discussion on the threatening impacts social media and technology companies are having on society. You can read Renee Diresta's article here.

Indeed, at the congressional hearings, the tech companies admitted that the problem was far larger than they had originally said. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said it was a “crazy idea” that misinformation on Facebook influenced the election. But the company acknowledged to Congress that more than 150 million users of its main site and a subsidiary, Instagram, potentially saw inflammatory political ads bought by a Kremlin-linked company, the Internet Research Agency.

Ms. DiResta contended that that is still just the tip of the iceberg. Minimizing the scope of the problem was “a naïve form of damage control,” she said. “This isn’t about punishing Facebook or Twitter. This is us saying, this is important and we can do better.”



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