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Democracy never faced a threat like Facebook

The social networks merely reflect reality and make it more palpable

Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg 

The social media giants based in the US may soon face a new attack in Europe: There’s a perception among activists and officials that the basis of their business model — targeted advertising — can be a threat to democracy. In a speech on Wednesday, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager — who, as the top European Union antitrust official, has been the nemesis of US tech companies such as Google and Apple — laid out her problems with the way social networking changes people’s political behaviour. One of her complaints is familiar and much-discussed: ...

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First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 22:04 IST