The advent of social media introduced transformative platforms for people to share thoughts and information in entertaining and connective ways. But the benefits are increasingly being overshadowed by negative consequences as the monetization—and manipulation—of information threatens to tear us apart.
In an op-ed published in The Washington Post on October 9, I mentioned a paper, written by a team from two of our organizations—Democracy Fund and Omidyar Network—called, “Is Social Media A Threat to Democracy?” I’m pleased to share that paper with you here.
Addressing these issues will take input and influence not only from government entities and the technology industry, but also from members of civil society, like you. A healthy democracy relies on informed and engaged citizens, and we hope this research empowers you with detailed information you need to better understand the current threats posed by social media.
Perhaps most of all, we hope this research inspires you to join the conversation and find opportunities, big and small, to help protect our democratic values.
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