Will we allow technology to rip America to shreds?

Facebook is on the defensive after the elections, with accusations that it helped spread misinformation. For days, Mark Zuckerberg was adamant that his network had not affected the election results, calling that “a pretty crazy idea.” But after a torrent of criticism from his employees and the media – and indication that fake election news spread widely – he relented and took responsibility. He promised to improve Facebook’s detection, reporting and verification of news. The tech industry has stepped into the field of publishing and communications without accepting the responsibility that comes with doing so. It’s not just Facebook. Twitter has allowed trolls to harass its users. The ethical codes we live by and the laws we follow are changing very slowly while technologies move too fast to care. It…


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