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Tech giants, once seen as saviors, are now viewed as threats

Tech companies are under fire for creating problems instead of solving them

David Streitfeld | NYT  |  San Fransisco 

At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, proclaimed that this was exactly why his social network existed. In a 2012 manifesto for investors, he said Facebook was a tool to create “a more honest and transparent dialogue around government.” The result, he said, would be “better solutions to some of the biggest problems of our ...

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 13:03 IST
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