FACEBOOK has warned that some Brits could “fall through the digital cracks” if they ditch the site – after a report revealed its “damaged reputation” may be getting in the way. A Facebook chief now says the social network needs to work with phone makers and the government to improve boost digital skills in the UK, and repair its reputation too. It’s been a tough year for Facebook: the company has been slammed over privacy failings, sexist advertising, and a mysterious trustworthiness rating system for users. This has reduced trust in the social network, which a new report by the Demos think-tank (and commissioned by Facebook) suggests is to the detriment of us all. Demos interviewed youth campaigners and surveyed more than 2,000 people across the UK to work out whether people think Facebook is a good platform for social change. Over half thought that social media makes positive change more likely to happen – but the report found that these efforts are hampered by trust issues. The report suggests that people may be less willing to use Facebook for campaigning because of the issues we’ve seen around abuse and fake news. This means those people will miss out on… Read full this story
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