Social Media's Role in Democracy: More Harmful Than Helpful? | RealClearPolitics

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Published: Oct 15, 2020
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Bias Rating:

67% Liberal


Bias Score Calculation:

This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 67% Liberal:

  • 2 negative sentiments for Police funding
  • 1 positive sentiment for Gun Control
  • 1 positive sentiment for ICE


Policies:

ICE
Gun Control
Police funding

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97% "Last week something extraordinary happened: Twitter briefly suspended the official account of the president of the United States, preventing him from posting until he ..."
96% "Beyond their more overt actions of banning users, deleting posts, and setting acceptable speech rules, there lurks an even more powerful force impacting American ..."
95% "Pundits who laud social-media censorship would do well to remember that calls for the rights we hold dear today, including universal suffrage and civil ..."
72% "In 2014, for example, Facebook users famously enjoyed lighthearted videos of friends and celebrities dumping buckets of ice over their heads for the ALS ..."
-59% "The First Amendment guarantees this, enshrining both the right of the press to cover the unvarnished reality of daily events and the right of ..."
-74% "This past April, Facebook banned the use of its platform to organize protests that did not require social distancing.""
-83% "As news is increasingly consumed through these digital platforms, the media landscape has begun to drift back toward the narrow parallel views of America ..."
-85% "Unsurprisingly, neither company responded when this question was posed to them.""
-95% "Such disasters could have impaired Twitter's ability to quickly restore his access, and it is unclear if they would have done so even in ..."
-97% "Asked again in light of their increasing action against the president, neither Twitter nor Facebook responded.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

72% : In 2014, for example, Facebook users famously enjoyed lighthearted videos of friends and celebrities dumping buckets of ice over their heads for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, perhaps blissfully unaware there was anything amiss in America.
41% : The First Amendment guarantees this, enshrining both the right of the press to cover the unvarnished reality of daily events and the right of the public to consider all ideas, even those possibly deemed harmful by the majority of society.
30% : " Their only overlap was a fixation on imagery of law enforcement.
15% : Twitter users, meanwhile, saw endless livestreams of social turmoil as police and protesters clashed in Ferguson,
97% : Last week something extraordinary happened: Twitter briefly suspended the official account of the president of the United States, preventing him from posting until he deleted a tweet it said violated its rules.
96% : Those two developments crystallized once again a key question that increasingly shadows our age: How can the growing power of social media companies coexist with the foundations of democracy?
96% : " How is it, then, that a private company has the right to disable an official government communications channel from posting and Facebook has the right to delete an official government announcement?
96% : Beyond their more overt actions of banning users, deleting posts, and setting "acceptable speech" rules, there lurks an even more powerful force impacting American democracy: the algorithms that increasingly customize what we see online.
95% : Pundits who laud social-media censorship would do well to remember that calls for the rights we hold dear today, including universal suffrage and civil rights, were once deemed the same kind of "harmful" speech that in today's world would likely be banned by social media.
26% : This past April, Facebook banned the use of its platform to organize protests that did not require social distancing.
17% : As news is increasingly consumed through these digital platforms, the media landscape has begun to drift back toward the narrow parallel views of America that haunted the party-paper model.
15% : Unsurprisingly, neither company responded when this question was posed to them.
5% : Such disasters could have impaired Twitter's ability to quickly restore his access, and it is unclear if they would have done so even in a national disaster.
3% : Asked again in light of their increasing action against the president, neither Twitter nor Facebook responded.

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

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