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In new memoir, truth crusader Maria Ressa takes aim at social media

History will remember Maria Ressa as a tireless crusader for truth, an investigative journalist who warned about the dangers of disinformation long before it poisoned the national discourse. The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize-winner is currently facing trumped up charges in the Philippines for her investigative work in exposing government corruption. But the unseen forces that are central to the politically motivated trial – social media sites like Facebook – are not in the courtroom. As Ressa points out in her new memoir -- "How To Stand Up To A Dictator: The Fight For Our Future" -- it's no coincidence that democracy is under threat globally. The lack of regulatory guardrails against dangerous algorithms, she argues, has made social media one of the biggest destabilizing forces in modern history.



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