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Obama warns leaders against divisive use of social media

Dec 27, 2017, 6:03 AM EST
Former U.S. President Barack Obama in interview with Britain's Prince Harry.
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In a BBC interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry, former U.S. President Barack Obama urged “those in the position of power” to refrain from the divisive use of social media as it fuels biases and distorts people’s understanding of complex issues.

Ex-president stressed the need to leverage the internet technology to represent and propagate pluralistic views and voices instead of “Balkanisation” of society, writes the BBC.

Obama didn’t single out U.S. President Donald Trump, who is an avid user of Twitter and frequently takes to the social platform, which he says connects him directly with the American people, notes CNN.