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By Prospect Team   November 2018

Don’t give up on Twitter

Rafael Behr’s article (“How Twitter poisoned politics,” October) was in many respects a model of civil persuasion. I have long tended to the view that all Twitter has done is allow the expression of views that would in the past have been restricted to pub conversations.

However, it becomes harder to resist the conclusion that airing fringe views gives them greater currency. Behr is right that social media has coarsened the public debate, as abusive commenters have moved from below the line on news websites to Twitter. The…

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