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Essay: Social media’s historic political disruption

It is now clear that social media is a historic technology that is changing politics forever. It has destroyed the monopoly over the dissemination of ideas, connects like-minded people across borders and empowers political fringe groups. All this is making democracy increasingly unruly and difficult to maintain, but it also means brutal dictatorships dependent on repression are increasingly unlikely to survive.

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