The news that Facebook is -- for the first time ever -- opening its doors to pre-teen kids is terrifying. The fact that Facebook consulted with some parents and experts before launching "Messenger Kids" is no consolation.
Blaming social media and fake news for Trump's election is dangerous because it shifts responsibility for all the various shortcomings of the American electorate - economic illiteracy, racism, xenophobia - onto unnamed foreigners bent on stirring up trouble.
People who display materialistic characteristics in other areas of their lives are likely to view their digital connections on social media as objects, to be collected and curated.
If we are prepared to consider that malevolent foreign forces tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election with organic social-media content and paid advertising campaigns, isn't it plausible they may use the same techniques to instill dubious values in American children?
The controversial subject of alleged foreign attempts to influence American society via social media may get its own long-term investigative commission in Congress, provided the proposal can garner enough bipartisan support.
Russian meddling in American public life via social media apparently went beyond merely stirring up partisan feelings online. It extended to agents provocateurs setting up "real life" events, including political rallies and counter rallies.
Trump credits social media with his election victory. He told FBN's Maria Bartiromo that ongoing drama is actually the main purpose of the presidential social-media strategy.
While Facebook and Google battle each other for the affection, or at least grudging loyalty, of media companies and publishers, small but plucky contender Snapchat is steadily building its own relationships with content creators. It just revealed a new scripted content partnership with NBCUniversal, and is also ramping up its content deals with Hearst.
More details are emerging of Russian efforts to disseminate propaganda and influence U.S. public opinion via advertising and content distributed over social media, much of it targeted to specific groups. A new study suggests that one of those target audiences included current and former U.S. military personnel.
Our enemies can only benefit when ordinary Americans start to question the fundamental integrity of their political process, as well as the motives and trustworthiness of their fellow citizens.