Letters: Social Media and Democracy

Readers say “follow the money,” and call on tech companies to limit their news feeds to legitimate sources.

To the Editor:Re “Silicon Valley Can’t Destroy Democracy Without Our Help,” by Emily Parker (Op-Ed, Nov. 3):Social media may not create our bad habits, but it feeds them, and for one reason alone: money.Those who want to blame social media for the state of our democracy, as well as those who want to absolve the industry of blame, can’t ignore this essential point.Twitter, Google and Facebook are moneymaking enterprises, and they will do whatever they need to do to increase revenue. Helping or...