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Mark Zuckerberg: Opioids and Technology Led to Partisan Divide

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By    |   Saturday, 11 November 2017 06:38 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he’s got America’s widening social divide figured out — and blames opioids and technology.

In a discussion at the University of Kansas, Zuckerberg talked about what he learned on visits around the country over the past year, saying the single biggest surprise was the impact of the opioid epidemic, Financial Times reported Friday.

“One of the things that struck me, that I don’t think we all fully internalize, is how this epidemic has affected people’s attitudes more broadly on policy issues,” he said.

According to FT, Zuckerberg suggested the effect of watching people succumb to addiction has made those close to them more fearful about crime and supportive of stronger border defenses to stop drugs from coming into the country.

Zuckerberg also pointed to lost jobs and the uncertainty caused by technology and free trade.

“We’re also starting to see they’ve left a lot of people behind,” he said of technological advances. “There’s a big gap in the country, and its getting bigger . . . I think that’s at the heart of a lot of the politically divisive debates that we have.”

FT reported Zuckerberg wasn’t challenged on the role Facebook played in the deepening divide as the company comes under fire  for failing to block Russian attempts to influence last year’s election.

But he repeated promises to make building stronger local communities Facebook’s goal, FT reported — and said its aim was to help prevent foreign influence in future elections.

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