Social media isn’t the harmless distraction once believed.
Silicon Valley moguls have the power to move society in dangerous ways.
And what this social media executive had to say about Big Tech had people’s jaws on the floor.
Big Tech is finally under the microscope.
Social media sites that were once the domain of cat videos now have the power to shift elections.
Donald Trump being booted from every single social media site simultaneously was a wakeup call for many people.
If the leader of the free world can get digitally taken out, anyone can.
And Instagram head Adam Mosseri revealed just how ruthless social media giants can be.
During an interview on the Recode podcast, Mosseri said:
“We know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents, but by and large cars create way more value in the world than they destroy. And I think social media is similar.”
So according to Mosseri, people harmed by social media are collateral damage.
His comments come on the heels of a thorough investigation of Instagram and its parent company Facebook.
Reports show that Instagram has a deleterious effect on a significant portion of users, particularly teen girls.
The Wall Street Journal:
“Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the researchers said in a March 2020 slide presentation posted to Facebook’s internal message board, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves”
Among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the desire to kill themselves to Instagram, one presentation showed.
The Donald Trump era provides a timestamp of how Big Tech has spiraled out of control.
Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss to Trump was blamed on Facebook “disinformation,” thus social media needed to be reined in.
The succeeding five years led to many counter-narrative voices – almost exclusively right-wing – being silenced on various platforms.
Trump’s removal from the platforms in 2021 marked an acceleration of Big Tech censorship.
And as evidenced by the 2020 election, Big Tech can shape the outcome of elections.
The Hunter Biden laptop story was suppressed on Twitter and Facebook, which could’ve been enough to swing the election.
That entire episode was one of the metaphorical “car accidents” Mosseri was alluding to.
Millions of lives were affected by the decision of a few unelected tech bros in Silicon Valley.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.