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Obama warns that society splintered by online biases

Dec 27, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) — Former U.S. president Barack Obama said the way people communicate via social media risked splintering society and leaders had to ensure the Internet did not cocoon users within their biases.

Obama said in an interview with Britain’s Prince Harry, broadcast on BBC radio on Wednesday, that social media should promote diverse views in a way that “doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of our society.”

“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the Internet,” Obama said.

“One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”

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