Congress rarely agrees on anything. Except that it should regulate the tech industry. But a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal upended Facebook, Capitol Hill is still unable to step up to the plate.Lawmakers this week oversaw six hours of hearings in the House and Senate judiciary committees to discuss the spread of extremism and concerns about censorship on the … [Read more...] about Social media is broken, and Congress is wasting our time
Why social media is bad for society
Image credit: Getty Images/Hero ImagesThat social media is not entirely good for us shouldn’t come as a great shock, but the received wisdom as to why may not tell the full story. What if the main problem with social media is not with data theft, fake news, trolling, or election interference, but a far more fundamental problem that can’t be fixed with software … [Read more...] about Have our brains just not evolved for social media?
Programming note: The Interface will be off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving travels. Thanks to everyone who has joined me for this first year, and shared the newsletter with your friends — lots of exciting things are coming. Stay tuned. Thanksgiving is nearly upon us in the United States, and Americans will sit down to dinner feeling less certain than ever about … [Read more...] about A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world
It was an awful weekend of hate-fueled violence, ugly rhetoric, and worrisome retreats from our democratic ideals. Today I’m focused on two ways of framing what we’re seeing, from the United States to Brazil. While neither offers any comfort, they do give helpful names to phenomena I expect will be with us for a long while. The first is stochastic terrorism: … [Read more...] about Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world
After the 2016 US presidential election, social media came under scrutiny like never before, and what’s since come to light hasn’t been pretty: widespread consensus that foreign government-backed groups used platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to spread discord and division among the American public. In their new book, P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking … [Read more...] about A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield