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.
~11 min read · 2020-10-16 · Facebook’s CEO long left politics and policy to deputies. No more. As the company’s influence has grown, and with it controversies, political acumen has become an essential tool