Regulators have clearly struggled to keep up with the pace of change in online political campaigning. As technology has developed, the problems have become more evident: we are seeing disinformation and divisive content; exploitation of algorithms and use of bots, cyborgs and fake accounts; micro-targeting on the basis of detailed personal data and psychological profiling; a polarising of debates by harnessing emotions such as anger and disgust and playing to identity politics.
We don’t yet know where the boundaries of legitimacy should be in this field, but it’s clear that we need to set them. Otherwise the wild west of online political campaigning threatens to damage our democracies irreparably.
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