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President Obama warns against getting 'cocooned' in bias via social media

President Obama warns against getting 'cocooned' in bias via social media
From TechCrunch - December 27, 2017

Former President Barack Obama sat down with the UKs Prince Harry for an extended and far-ranging interview with the BBC this week, and their conversation touched on social media, the use thereof, and Obamas take on what the current state of social media means for human discourse.

The full interview covers a lot of ground, but the breakouts regarding social media include an admonition against those in leadership using it in ways that prevent establishing a common space on the internet, which seems an oblique reference to Donald Trump and his use of Twitter, which is often divisive, and seemingly intentionally so.

One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities, Obama told the Prince, according to the BBC. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.

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