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Russian Meddling Is a Symptom, Not the Disease

“Foreign meddling is to our politics what a fever is to tuberculosis: a mere symptom of a deeper problem. To heal, we need the correct diagnosis followed by action that treats the underlying diseases,” writes Berkman Klein faculty associate Zeynep Tufekci in this New York Times Op-Ed. Tufekci argues that more attention should be paid to the social media platforms that foster political polarization, pointing out that foreign influence in the 2016 Presidential Election was only part of the problem, and that the business models from social media platforms are at the root of the issue overall.


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