Social media needs rules | Opinion

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By Linda Stamato “The rise of social media has “unwittingly dissolved the mortar of trust, belief in institutions, and shared stories that had held a large and diverse secular democracy together.” ― Jonathan Haidt, The Atlantic, May, 2022. How is it possible, then, to imagine a social media platform functioning as the digital equivalent of the public square? The platforms do provide spaces for people to achieve much that can be positive, but, with their destructive influence growing, social media platforms continue to fall far short as digital public squares. Reforms and regulations are sorely…

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