How the social media business model influences society : The Indicator from Planet Money Social media played a big part in the demonstration and riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. For many it was a surprise, but to social media watchers, it was simply the culmination of 10 years of influence.
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The Social Media Crisis

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The Social Media Crisis

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Social media and the role it plays in our society has been the subject of a lot of debate since the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6. As we prepare for the inauguration of a new president this week, questions about the regulation of social media and how to balance that with free speech and the free market loom large.

On today's Indicator, we talk to Tristan Harris, president of the Center for Humane Technology and co-author of The New Possible: Visions Of Our World Beyond Crisis, about the role social media plays in our divided country, how we got here and what's at stake.

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