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The problem with social media is that it is not a real place

By Jemima Kelly

27 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

If social media was a real place, there would be moral, social and therefore emotional costs associated with behaving badly, Jemima Kelly of the Financial Times writes.

For all the cat videos, funny memes and genuine insights the internet has to offer, it can sometimes — social media, in particular — be a bewildering, hostile and downright depressing place.

I’ve had some personal experience of this over the years, on the occasions my opinions have strayed too far from the morally righteous consensus du jour, or any time I have dared to criticise the cultish world of crypto. I had one especially aggravating episode a couple of weeks ago, having agreed to speak at a bitcoin conference.

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