Top Facebook exec Nick Clegg says people risk ‘overreacting to the bad’ of social media (FB)

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  • Top Facebook exec says people risk “overreacting to the bad” aspects of social media.
  • The former UK Deputy Prime Minister said the company has been made a scapegoat for the rise of nationalist populism.
  • He pushed back against the “tech lash,” a wave of growing scrutiny of the tech giants, in a speech in Berlin on Monday.
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Top Facebook executive and former British politician Nick Clegg has argued that people are at risk of “overreacting to the bad” aspects of social media and damaging its positive potential as a result.

In a speech in Berlin on Monday evening, the former UK Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Liberal Democrat leader pushed back against the “tech lash” — a wave of growing scrutiny of giant technology companies like Facebook, and increasing calls for oversight or even antitrust action against them.

Facebook has been battered by two years of scandals — from political research firm Cambridge Analytica’s misappropriation of tens of millions of users’ data to the social network’s role in spreading hate speech in Myanmar.

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