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As David Letterman’s first Netflix guest, Barack Obama warns against the ‘bubble’ of social media


David Letterman seems to be holding the pretension of his new Netflix show very seriously: On the very first partial of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, he’s assimilated by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

The partial has copiousness of humorous moments, like Obama tantalizing Letterman about his scarcely Biblical beard. But they cover concrete domestic topics, too — not just during the onstage interview, but also in Letterman’s walk opposite Selma’s famous Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congressman John Lewis.

In fact, Letterman seems to be treating the new show as an event to pierce a little bit divided from his common caustic character and offer some-more abyss and seriousness. He finished the talk by revelation Obama, “Without a doubt of a doubt, you are the first boss we really and truly respect.”

On the tech front, Obama steady some of the points he done in a new BBC talk with the U.K.’s Prince Harry. After being asked about threats to the democracy, Obama warned against “getting all your information off algorithms being sent by a phone.”

He remarkable that he owes much of his own domestic success to social media, which helped him build “what finished up being the many effective domestic campaign, substantially in complicated domestic history.” So he primarily had “a very confident feeling” about the technology, but he said, “I consider that what we missed was the grade to which people who are in energy … special interests, unfamiliar governments, etc., can in fact manipulate that and propagandize.”

Obama then recounted a scholarship examination (“not a big systematic experiment, but just an examination that somebody did during the series that was holding place in Egypt”) where a liberal, a regressive and a “quote-unquote moderate” were asked to hunt for “Egypt,” and Google presented any of them with very opposite results.

“Whatever your biases were, that’s where you were being sent, and that gets some-more reinforced over time,” he said. “That’s what’s happening with these Facebook pages where some-more and some-more people are getting their news from. At a certain indicate you just live in a bubble, and that’s partial of because the politics is so polarized right now.”

Appropriately for a politician who was so closely compared with hope, Obama also offering some optimism: “I consider it is a solvable problem, but we consider it’s one that we have to spend a lot of time meditative about.”

It seems that Facebook and the other big platforms are at slightest trying to residence the issue. Yesterday, for example, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network will be prioritizing “meaningful social interactions” over news and publisher content.

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