Comey: Social Media Feeding 'Monster of a Bias' Against Gov't, FBI
FBI Director James Comey says that "echo chambers" like Twitter have led to a loss of public trust in government institutions like the FBI.
“My children, again, discipline me not to go on Twitter because apparently people say bad things about me on Twitter," Comey said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday. "But things like Twitter offer us the opportunity only to encounter views consistent with our own, 24 hours a day."
"There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institutions."
Comey mentioned the Hillary Clinton email investigation and how people refuse to believe that the FBI was thorough and transparent.
“I’m not going to talk about the email investigation but I see some of the things people say about this thing, I’m like, ‘really?’ But it becomes truth to so many people. And I don’t know how to unring that bell,” he said. “So I do think it’s become enormously challenging for people in institutions that depend upon the trust of the citizens to recapture trust where it’s been lost, explain ourselves in a way that allows them to resist demagoguery or the Twitterverse.”
Watch Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) react to Comey's statements on "America's Newsroom" above.