Social media applications have been the subject of much study and analysis, yet the scope and impact remain difficult to understand. As part of a fast growing and quickly changing Internet ecosystem, these applications have been used by billions of people across the globe. With such high use rates, the potential for beneficial impact on economic growth and social development is significant. However, because previous research has clearly shown that ICTs can amplify existing inequalities, it is important to ensure that the benefits of these technologies do not increase the existing digital divide.
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