Facebook admits what we all know: that social media can be bad for democracy

The company has been reckoning with its role in civil life since the 2016 US election, and is now acknowledging that it’s not all good.

Facebook’s ongoing attempt to reckon with its impact on civil life continued today with the company acknowledging that its platform is not always good for democracy. In a set of blog posts published as part of its “Hard Questions” series, Facebook execs and outside experts assess the company’s impact on elections, partisan politics, and fake news. As ever, Facebook tempers its self-criticism. For example, referring to “the damage that the internet can do to even a well-functioning democracy” ...