Facebook posts criticisms of its effects on democracy

Facebook said it is stepping up efforts to ensure its platform is used to help and not hurt democracy

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"From the Arab Spring to robust elections around the globe, social media seemed like a positive".

"In 2016, we at Facebook were far too slow to recognize how bad actors were abusing our platform", he said. A recent report from BuzzFeed in Cambodia illustrated Facebook's problematic role in politics, with the country's authoritarian prime minister Hun Sen (last year Sen banned the main opposition party) using the site to push pro-government messages while identifying, and often jailing, critics. "I don't have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on", he said, adding, "There are some things that I won't allow; I don't want them on a social network". Sixty-two percent believe that social-media platforms are selling users' data without their knowledge, and just over half of respondents-57 percent-think that platforms like Facebook and Twitter take advantage of their users' loneliness.

We'll soon also require organizations running election-related ads to confirm their identities so we can show viewers of their ads who exactly paid for them.

The good, however, isn't without the bad, Sunstein said.

While Zuckerberg defined the decision as being developed to bring users near together and promote more meaningful social communications, experts noted that it arrives in the middle of disapproval of the leading social media of the world on multiple fronts.

"While personalization initially sounds like a positive effort, Sunstein noted that feeding people a single perspective has the potential to be extremely unsafe, even leading to extremist viewpoints and group polarization", he wrote. "Serendipity is a good thing".

Last year, Facebook found 80,000 posts from accounts linked to a Russian entity that reached around 126 million people in United States from 2015 to 2017.

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"This kind of activity goes against everything we stand for".

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"I have no doubt that Mark Zuckerberg is a honest person, but there is still a serious lack of transparency that should concern publishers and those wary of political bias at these powerful platforms", Murdoch said in a statement issued by his group, which publishes the Wall Street Journal and newspapers in Britain and Australia.

In September, in one more blow for the social media, ProPublica posted that ad-buying website of Facebook might be employed to deliver ads to consumers who categorize as anti-Semites.

The comments from the world's biggest social network were its latest response to intense criticism for failing to stop the spread of misinformation among its two billion users - most strikingly leading up to the 2016 U.S. election.

"I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the negatives, but I can't".

Facebook plans to feature additional "Hard Questions" blog posts on social media and democracy from Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former president of Estonia and social media scholar, and Ariadne Vromen, a professor of political participation at the University of Sydney, in the following days.

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