Selena Gomez laments dangers of social media at Cannes

Reuters . Cannes | Published: 00:00, May 17,2019

 
 

72nd Cannes Film Festival - Photocall for the film The Dead Don’t Die in competition - Cannes, France on May 15, 2019. Cast member Selena Gomez poses. — Reuters photo

US pop singer and actress Selena Gomez has taken aim at social media platforms and their detrimental effect on young people, saying they could be dangerous and contribute to a world of disinformation and bullying.
‘Social media has really been terrible for my generation,’ Gomez, 26, told a news conference at Cannes on Wednesday, where the actress is promoting zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside actors Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.
Asked about looming threats she and other cast members saw to the planet, Gomez added:
‘I understand that it’s amazing to use your platform, but it does scare me when you see how exposed these young girls and young boys are, and they are not really aware of the news or anything going on. … I think it’s dangerous, for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.’
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, the zombie comedy takes a swipe at climate
change deniers and pokes fun at the perils of an overly materialistic society, including with a gag about the smartphone-toting undead searching for a Wi-Fi connection.
Gomez is one of the world’s most watched Instagram stars, with over 150 million followers, but is known to have taken breaks from the platform.

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