On Point: Social media is killing democracy

Social media platforms have immense power, from shutting down voices to amplifying what we see. But is that singular power perilous to democracy?

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Guests

Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Business School. Author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” (@shoshanazuboff)

Guillaume Chaslot, founder of AlgoTransparency. Mozilla fellow. Advisor at the Center for Humane Technology. He helped develop YouTube’s recommendation algorithm from 2010 to 2011. (@gchaslot)

Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies. Director of the UC Digital Cultures Lab. Author of “Beyond the Valley.” (@rameshmedia)


Meghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Point. Based in Boston, she is on the air Monday through Friday.

Former McCain aid calls Trump a “deadly clown”… and then REALLY got nasty

Perhaps the stupidest thing Trump has ever done (and that’s a lot of stupid) was to attempt to go after Steve Schmidt. Donald Trump tried to come for Former McCain Campaign Strategist Steve Schmidt on Twitter and Schmidt didn’t hold back:

“You’ve never beaten me at anything. This is our first dance. Did you like, Covita? We are so much better at this than your team of crooks, wife beaters, degenerates, weirdos and losers.You are losing. We heard you loved Evita. You saw it so many times. Where will you live out your years in disgrace? Will you buy Jeffrey Epstein’s island? One last extra special deal from him? Or will you be drooling on yourself in a suite at Walter Reed? Maybe you will be in prison?I bet you fear that. The Manhattan District Attorney may not be around to cover for you or your crooked kids anymore. Eliza Orlins doesn’t believe in different sets of rules for the Trumps. What about the State Attorney General? You know what you’ve done.

Oh, Donald. Who do you owe almost $500 million in personally guaranteed loans to? It’s all coming down. You think you and your disgusting family are going to be in deal-flow next year? Are you really that delusional?

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