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I would assert that while no country would want to repeat the mistakes of ancient Greek democracy, we’ve nevertheless seen it reappear on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. And the same perverse outcomes and injustices have been the result. Since 2012 Twitter has suspended a variety of people for a variety of reasons, but more recently critics say that Twitter is targeting conservatives for their political views. They get banished because they depart from the orthodoxy of the elites running these companies. Like Socrates, the charge ends up influencing the impressionable and putting the wrong ideas into people’s heads.

Facebook was started by a couple of college kids trying to get girls. Twitter was begun by college kids as well. It was supposed to be just a simple thing to update status and for social unity in small groups, “Hi I just finished getting a burger.” Even the name was meant to reflect the trivial nature of the platform. As Jack Dorsey said himself in a 2009 Los Angeles Times interview, “… we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.”

Now they have evolved into powerful, multi-billion dollar ad platforms that have monetized everyone who uses them. Facebook and Twitter are not the products, the users and their data are.