The articles from the Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/22/social-media-election-facebook-filter-bubbles) and BuzzFeed (https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/viral-fake-election-news-outperformed-real-news-on-facebook?utm_term=.vvD11B4dK#.lukNNXyoa) are criticizing very hardly social media, saying they are threatening democracy. On the one hand, many false information outperformed real news on Facebook during the U.S elections. On the other hand, the Internet Filter Bubble is not helping democracy since all people on Facebook and other social media are fed with information that comfort them in their way of thinking.
However, even if I think that those arguments are quite correct, they are hiding another truth : what social brought us. In fact, thanks to Facebook for example, people are more connected, they have access to more information, more opinions, etc… (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/28/from-relationships-to-revolutions-seven-ways-facebook-has-changed-the-world). It is also necessary not to forget that this so-called Internet Filter Bubble may also be present in real life. Many people are reading the same newspaper everyday, talking to the same people, watching the same TV shows. Then, social media may only be the reflection of what you’re experiencing in real life but with more interaction.
Furthermore, I think that the impact of social media on politics is overrated. For example, during the U.S elections, most voters didn’t change their mind (http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/most-voters-havent-changed-their-minds-all-year/).