Technology and democracy: Americans faced with reconciling the benefits and risks of social media


More than two-thirds of U.S. adults report that social media makes it “much easier” for misinformation to spread, and a combined 90% say social media makes it “easier” or much easier. Most people also believe that social media makes it easier ormuch easier for extreme viewpoints to spread (89%). While these concerns about the dangers of social media hold across political partisanship, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say social media makes misinformation and extreme viewpoints much easier to spread, by 28 and 31 percentage points, respectively.

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