Poll: Americans give social media a clear thumbs-down
April 8, 2019

From NBC News:

The American public holds negative views of social-media giants like Facebook and Twitter, with sizable majorities saying these sites do more to divide the country than unite it and spread falsehoods rather than news, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

What's more, six-in-10 Americans say they don't trust Facebook at all to protect their personal information, the poll finds.

But the public also believes that technology in general has more benefits than drawbacks on the economy, and respondents are split about whether the federal government should break up the largest tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook.

"Social media – and Facebook, in particular – have some serious issues in this poll," said Micah Roberts, a pollster at the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted this survey with the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates.

"If America was giving social media a Yelp review, a majority would give it zero stars," Roberts added.

Continue reading at NBC News...

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