Facebook is once again under fire. This time following a report by the New York Times that claims the giant tech company hired a political consultancy firm to target opponents, in an attempt to distract from growing pressure over alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election using Facebook.

Jaron Lanier, is a Silicon Valley pioneer, public intellectual and author of Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now.

When asked if the current leadership team at Facebook are the right people to run the company, he says that CEO Mark Zuckerberg should step down.

"I think it would be good for the world if he stepped aside. But the point is that there's no mechanism for him to do so," says Lanier about Zuckerberg. He calls Facebook a "one-man shop" without governance.

In this week's headliner, Jaron Lanier also explains why he thinks social media can be dangerous and why people would be better off if they just switched off.

For more, watch our web extra: Would Donald Trump be president without Facebook?

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Source: Al Jazeera News