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Are Apple and Facebook bad for democracy?

Mike Elgan | Oct. 6, 2015
Apple and Facebook are asserting themselves as gatekeepers of necessary information to the public. Can we trust them?

These initiatives from Apple and Facebook won't have much of an impact on the public in general. They do, however, raise the question of whether we can trust the new gatekeepers of information flowing to the public -- information that is vital to our democracy.

In general, Apple's and Facebook's criteria for choosing what information the public gets seem arbitrary at best and contrary to the interests of an informed democracy at worst.

The old gatekeepers -- the editors and producers of political news who used to decide what the public would learn about -- had devoted their careers to keeping the democracy informed.

The new gatekeepers just want you to go shopping.

Something to think about.


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