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Does Facebook Even Know How to Control Facebook? Under intense congressional scrutiny, the social giant will have to answer questions about whether it can rein in its own product.—Alexis C Madrigal, The Atlantic
There was so much chaos and misinformation on these platforms in the run-up to the election, it probably would be hard to disentangle the independent effects of Russian agents from all the scammers, hucksters, self-made pundits, opportunists, conspiracy theorists, activists, citizens, and partisan media businesses.
But that should make us step back and enlarge the question: If this is what electoral campaigns look like online, and especially on the largest social platform, Facebook, then what can be done about that?
Put simply: Is Facebook too big to work?