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Facebook, which launched only in 2004, now has 1.6 bn users worldwide. It has become the dominant way for people to find news on the internet – and in fact it is dominant in ways that would have been impossible to imagine in the newspaper era. As Emily Bell has written: „Social Media hasn’t just swallowed journalism, it has swallowed everything. It has swallowed political campaigns, banking systems, personal histories, the leisure industry, retail, even government and security."
A grim perspective. Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of „the guardian", contemplates what this means for western society, and for journalists and media outlets in particular.