Brexit and the 2016 surprise victory of US president Donald Trump alarmed Roger McNamee, a technology investor and early mentor to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. McNamee noticed how organized political operatives were exploiting the Facebook platform to spread negative attention grabbing content, influence voters and affect voting outcomes. For McNamee, the platform’s flawed business model, its monopolistic market position and the lack of government regulation have turned the formerly innocent social networking site into a threat to democracy. He shares his concerns and suggests remedies in an in-depth piece in the Washington Monthly, which getAbstract recommends to policy makers and citizen activists.
With his vast investment in The Washington Post’s digital publishing technology, the Amazon founder could soon control the backbone of most large American newspapers.
«“That’s the business model. It’s not screwing you from day one. It’s getting you fully bought in and unable to escape and then screwing you.”»
Expanding the franchise to younger teens is already a reality in a handful of cities. Research suggests that it can build lifelong voters and better citizens.