Editorial: Facebook stokes anger for profit. Congress can demand it cool things down

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Facebook doesn’t just provide a platform for those who spread disinformation and toxic discourse — it actively incentivizes those behaviors in order to hook users on its product. That’s the disturbing allegation by company whistleblowers and others, as highlighted in congressional testimony Tuesday. If in fact Facebook is promoting what amounts to high-tech dog-fighting to stoke anger among its users for the sake of profit, that cannot be allowed to stand without regulatory intervention. Congress can’t censor content on the site, but it can certainly demand that a business that gets help from …

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