Social media often catches blame for increasing political polarization in the United States. Does it deserve that reputation? A new study from New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights finds that it does.
“We conclude that Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are not the original or main cause of rising U.S. political polarization, a phenomenon that long predates the social media industry. But use of those platforms intensifies divisiveness and thus contributes to its corrosive consequences,” the report says.