Is Facebook Really a Threat to Democracy?

Journalist John Snow who is with Channel 4 News since 1989 thinks that Facebook’s inaction in regards to what is called “fake news” is a “threat to democracy”.

Mr Snow held a speech where he acknowledged that Facebook did indeed help Channel 4 News to get a wider audience, but he thinks that the social network left publishers at its mercy. He said that the principles of Facebook are really explained and that they can change on a whim, sometimes overnight depending on the opinion of Mr Zuckerberg.

The same speech she also criticised Facebook for having allowed false stories to enter the news feeds.

“When you read that the Pope endorsed Trump for president, it was ultimately Facebook who enabled the story” he said.

“Imagine how millions of people during these last elections made a decisions based on such fake news. Something isn’t right when the same algorithm that filtered out legit stories for you also presents you with these fake stories”.

“In my opinion, there is a moral duty to prioritise veracity over clicks and profits”