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Obama wants a "significant conversation" about Big Social

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Former president Barack Obama said last week at a sports analytics conference at MIT that companies like Google and Facebook, as well as Twitter and other platforms, have to have a conversation about their business model and "recognize that they are a public good as well as a commercial enterprise."

Why it matters: While the former president didn't explicitly call for more regulation of these platforms the way other public figures have, he did for the first time acknowledge that they are shaping our culture in powerful ways.