Social networks are an incredible source of information and they connect the world in a click. But they can also be a means to spread hate, fake news and terrorist propaganda.
On March 15th, 2019, In Christchurch, third largest city of New Zealand, a white-supremacist killed 51 people and injured 49 in two mosques, and the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook.
In early 2018, a whistle-blower revealed to The Guardian and to The New York Times that Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, to obtain data of as much of 50 million users for electoral purposes. The ads for billions of Americans were pivoted towards the candidate they might like the most based on their personal habits and information.
These are just two examples that show how social networks have failed, at least partially, to self-regulate themselves.