Facebook: social networks have a negative impact on democracy
Today it is hard to deny the impact of social networks on people's minds, though a dozen years ago, such a statement would be seen with a huge grain of salt. And even the giant and pioneer of social networking company Facebook has not denied that the social network can cause people to shift priorities in life. Moreover, in its official blog, Facebook representatives have recently stated that social networks are a direct threat to democratic freedoms.
This was stated by Director of Political Affairs Facebook Kathy Harbart. She admits that during the presidential election in 2017 Facebook is not enough to respond quickly to changes in the political situation, which led to the flourishing of false news and influenced the outcome of elections. In this case, by Mark Zuckerberg in 2016 still did not believe that the social network can affect the outcome of the US elections, and called the idea "very mad and impossible." And at the request of one of the managers Facebook Samida Chakrabarti,
"There is no doubt that social networks influence on democracy by influencing people's intentions. Both good and bad intentions. I would like to believe that the positive impact of more, but I can not guarantee this. We would like to "cleanse" the social network that it does not affect the decisions made by the people, because any effect contrary to democratic principles. Of course, we are moving in this direction, but even with all the taking of countermeasures, this battle will never end. "
Due to the recognition of their Facebook errors already set a course for change. Back in mid-January, Mark Zuckerberg announced a change news feed algorithm. The new system will give priority to the posts of real people, and not from the media.