Clyburn blames polarization on 'the advent of social media'

Clyburn blames polarization on 'the advent of social media'
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House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnApril Ryan: Biden owes Black voters an explanation on stalled voting rights push Clyburn says he 'wholeheartedly' endorses Biden's voting rights remarks Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights MORE (D-S.C.) on Sunday blamed "the advent of social media" for the level of polarization in the U.S.

“It's a little worse now and I think it's because of the advent of social media,” Clyburn, who first started serving in Congress in 1993, said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

“People tend to try to answer everything in sound bites. And that can be very disconcerting. And so I think that that's what's caused the problem more than anything else,” he added.

Scrutiny of social media platforms, especially Facebook, has increased in recent weeks after a former employee of the tech giant spoke out against the company and shined a light on its practices.

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who was brought on board to work on election interference on the platform, has provided testimony and leaked documents that shows that the company prioritizes profits over user safety.

Facebook, however, has contended that officials at the company "care deeply about issues like safety, well-being and mental health."

"It's difficult to see coverage that misrepresents our work and our motives," Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergCan our nation afford higher interest rates with the current national debt? Hillicon Valley — States probe the tech giants Executives personally signed off on Facebook-Google ad collusion plot, states claim MORE added in a lengthy statement.