By Kristine Phillips / The Washington Post
Facebook said Monday that it fell short in keeping the social media network from becoming a medium for foreign meddling to influence the U.S. presidential election.
New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of the social media network’s effect on American democracy. Samidh Chakrabarti, the company’s product manager for civic engagement, said the 2016 presidential election has forced Facebook to confront harsh questions about the role it has played in spreading false information and intensifying divisiveness in the current political climate.
“Facebook was originally designed to connect friends and family — and it has excelled at that,” Chakrabarti wrote in a blog post Monday. “But as unprecedented numbers of people channel their political energy through this medium, it’s being used in unforeseen ways with societal…