The interview session of former president of the United States, Barack Obama conducted by Prince Harry has been broadcasted on BBC radio. In the interview, Obama urges leaders not to separate the society with online biases.
Obama disclosed that, the way people communicate on social media has the tendency to disintegrate the society and leaders must be careful the internet does not cover users within their own biases.
“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet,” Obama advised in the interview.
He added, “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities, they can be just cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”
According to Obama, social media should instead be used to promote different views in a way “that doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of our society” and moving online communities to offline mode has helped people see many issues were not simple as it seems in chat rooms.
He also spoke on the issue of climate change.
“Today those aren’t my direct responsibilities but I can focus over the next 20 years in making sure that we don’t have more hurricanes and natural disasters that are accelerated as a consequence of climate change, and the ability to focus long term I think is a great luxury.”
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