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Trump and Social Media- It's the End of News As We Know It

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  • Part 1: Trump and Social Media Could Be An Even More Dangerous Combination in 2019.
  • Facebook and Twitter won’t solve the problems they helped create. So who will?
  • Part 2: It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine)
  • People are getting less news

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Trump and Social Media Could Be An Even More Dangerous Combination in 2019.

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Demagogues, haters, and spies know how useful Facebook and the other platforms are for undermining democracy. They are ramping up for 2020, and the platforms will not stop them.
Facebook and Twitter won’t solve the problems they helped create. So who will?

Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

December 29, 2018 | A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous organizing fueled by viral memes. Hateful fake-news posts about “terrorism” from marginalized groups inciting violence and riots.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sidebar%20%7C%20The%20m.o.%20of%20Propaganda.jpgIt’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about cannibalism in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence, from riots to murder.
 

https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bauerleinmonika-web.jpg?resize=96,96 / Monika Bauerlein, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Jones

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Part 2: It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine)

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People are getting less news, right at a time when a clear-eyed accounting of what the powerful are doing is more important than ever.

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

December 4, 2018 | You probably saw the commercial, ubiquitous across television earlier this year: “We came here for the friends.” The narrator, sounding just a little like a younger Mark Zuckerberg, skipped us through pictures of kids in braces, awkward bands, birthdays. Facebook was telling us its creation myth, and it almost felt true. Wasn’t it that way when we first made our accounts? Didn’t we marvel at the parade of connections that suddenly poked into our lives, reminding us of who we’d been, who we might become?

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“But then something happened,” the voice in the commercial intoned, and the screen filled up with “CLICKBAIT” and “FAKE NEWS.” Until finally, Young Zuck put a stop to it: “That’s going to change…Because when this place does what it was built for, we all get a little bit closer.”

https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bauerleinmonika-web.jpg?resize=96,96/ Monika Bauerlein, Chief Executive Officer, Mother Jones <>

https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/jefferyclara-web400.jpg?resize=96,96/ Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones and recipient of a PEN America award for editing.

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