Former President of the United States (US) Barack Obama asked those who held the position as a leader not to use social media to divide.
Obama warned that the Internet risked to impose people’s prejudices and lead to divisions in society.
“All of us in leadership positions must find ways in which we can recreate the public space on the internet,” Obama said in an interview.
“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can completely have different realities, they may be encompassed with information that imposes certain biases right now, things are not as simple as those depicted in the chat booths that overshadowed you,” he added.
Obama did not name the current President of the United States, Donald Trump, in this interview. During this time, Trump’s presidency and campaigns are widely viewed by the overt and massive use of Twitter social media.
This is Obama’s first interview since he completed two terms of his tenure as US President. The interview was recorded in Toronto, Canada in September on the sidelines of the Invictus Games event, an athletic tournament created by Prince Harry for ex-soldiers wounded in the war.
Furthermore, Obama calls such situations a challenge to take advantage of the opportunities provided by social media.
“The question is how do we use this technology in a way that allows diversity of sounds, permits diversity of views, but does not lead to fragmented societies, and enables ways to find common ground,” Obama said.