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Social media and democracy: optimism fades as fears rise

There are concerns that authoritarian governments are using social networks to clamp down on dissent

Facebook has admitted that foreign entities linked to Russia paid to promote political messages on its network, potentially violating US election laws.


JUST a few years ago, Facebook and Twitter were hailed as tools for democracy activists, enabling movements such as the Arab Spring to flourish.

Today, the tables have turned as fears grow over how social media may have been manipulated to disrupt the US election, and...

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