Issues surrounding Big Tech have become front and center.
Censorship has particularly turned into a hot-button issue.
But a new poll shows social media is doing one disturbing thing to the country.
As with any new invention, the good comes with the bad.
Social media has made the transmission of information as easy as ever, but there’s also a downside.
According to an NBC News poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that social media is working to divide the country.
NBC News reports:
“But 64 percent of Americans think social media platforms do more to divide us, and that includes majorities of Republicans (77 percent), independents (65 percent) and Democrats (54 percent), as well as majorities of whites (70 percent), Latinos (56 percent), young adults (61 percent) and seniors (71 percent). By contrast, just 27 percent of all adults believe that those platforms do more to bring us together.”
The problem is exacerbated when social media platforms put their thumbs on the scales and censor conservatives, libertarians, and counter-narrative liberals.
Establishment narratives are being magnified, and the culture of free speech is slowly eroding.
What’s even more frustrating is that social media and smartphones are designed to be as addictive as possible, but many executives in Big Tech limit their own children’s screen time.
For example, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel limits his daughter’s screentime to 1.5 hours per week.
NBC News continued, “When the poll last asked this question in March 2019, 57 percent of respondents said social media platforms do more to divide us, while 35 percent said they more [sic] to unite us.”
So according to polling data, the trend is going in the wrong direction.
The polarization will only get worse as dissident views are purged from the platform and echo chambers are fortified.
That’s essentially what has happened on college campuses for many years, and the results are deeply troubling.
Conservative speakers often need security to appear on college campuses, if they’re allowed to speak at all.
Commentator Ben Shapiro famously required $600,000 of security at U.C. Berkeley to deliver an anodyne speech because Antifa and other extremist groups threatened the university.
Social media media is quickly turning into the censorious college campus, which is a disturbing trend for the country moving forward.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.