- Ramesh Srinivasan: The Trump team deftly employs Facebook to pander to and maintain its base of support
- But Facebook must try to serve a more balanced media diet to all of its users, writes Srinivasan
Ramesh Srinivasan is an associate professor at UCLA, director at the UC Digital Cultures Lab and author of the new book "Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World" Follow him @rameshmedia. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Why is Donald Trump consistently able to make false claims while maintaining his base of support? In many ways it's because Facebook has transformed into a major source of journalism for the American public. Over 65% of Facebook users -- 44% of all US adults -- access news through the social media giant's platform. That group greatly outnumbers readers who frequent mainstream news outlets like The New York Times or The Washington Post.