"Republicans Find a Facebook Workaround: Their Own Apps"


Article extract:

""People with center-right views feel like the big social platforms, Facebook and Twitter, are not sympathetic to their views,” said Thomas Peters, the chief executive of uCampaign, a start-up in Washington that developed the N.R.A., Great America and Trump campaign apps. “It’s creating a safe space for people who share a viewpoint, who feel like the open social networks are not fun places for them.”

Sheltered from the broader public, however, the platforms can intensify political polarization and social divisiveness, or circulate disinformation.

Anyone in the United States may download uCampaign apps, Mr. Peters said, but they give a campaign the ability to bar interlopers who post messages challenging the campaign’s positions."

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/technology/politics-apps-conservative-republican.html
Author: Natasha Singer and Nicholas Confessore
Publication: New York Times
Publication date: 20 October 2018