Summary of Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis
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Social media helped nurture pro-democracy protests in Iran, Egypt and Ukraine and have served as a vehicle for public discourse and participation around the world. However, the use of platforms like Facebook to spread fake news and target vulnerable groups with extremist political messages has given social media a more sinister cast in recent years. This in-depth article in The Economist argues that social media increasingly undermine democratic ideals and process, and discusses possible options for regulations to safeguard democracy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How social media can harm democratic processes and
- How regulators can help make social media more democracy-friendly.
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The Economist is a British weekly news magazine published in London, UK.