Franklin Foer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the former editor of The New Republic. He is the author of “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech,” which explores the influence of Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google on modern life, and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times.
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Franklin Foer argues, “The biggest problem is that Facebook and Google are these giant feedback loops that give people what they want to hear. And when you use them in a world where your biases are being constantly confirmed, you become susceptible to fake news, propaganda, demagoguery.”
Franklin Foer argues, “No Facebook user wants to believe that they are sharing fake news. And presumably Facebook has no interest in telling its loyal users that their political preferences are founded in lies and garbage assumptions.”
Franklin Foer argues, “Silicon Valley was born into a culture that had no interest in constraint.”
In discussing social media’s impact on the 2016 U.S. election, Franklin Foer argues, “Facebook represents a dangerous deviation in media history.”
According to Franklin Foer, Facebook could imperil democracy.
Franklin Foer discusses Silicon Valley, social media, and what this means for democracy and humanity.
On social media, Franklin Foer argues, “We have the democratization of opinion, but we have the disappearance of any common accepted basis for fact.”
Franklin Foer argues, “Mark Zuckerberg might believe that world is better without privacy. But we can finally see the costs of his vision. Our intimate information was widely available to malicious individuals, who hope to manipulate our political opinions, our intellectual habits, and our patterns of consumption.”