'Facebook and social media have a vital role to play in society,' says Netmums associate editor

'Facebook and social media have a vital role to play in society,' says Netmums associate editor

Jo Wheatley spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the criticism levelled against social media

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A prominent editor has said Facebook and other forms of social media have a "vital role" in modern society.

A former Facebook editor said he felt "tremendous guilt" for contributing to the growth of social media, which he said was ripping apart the "social fabric" of society. 

Chamath Palihapitiya - who left Mark Zuckerberg's social network giant in 2011 - was speaking at an event for Stanford Business School, and his comments have attracted widespread news coverage. 

However Jo Wheatley, the associate editor of Netmums, said social media can be a "lifeline" for struggling parents.

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There’s been a lot of criticism about Facebook, saying it’s ripping our society apart, but it has a vital role to play in society today.

"Facebook and social media in general can be a lifeline of many parents who might be lonely and in need of support to connect with groups where they can find others of common ground and share experiences.

"As with screen time generally, moderation is key. Ensuring you have the balance between interacting with people on the screen and face-to-face contact is so important."

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