This article first appeared in CBS News.
Former president Bill Clinton spoke at Georgetown University Monday afternoon, marking the 25th anniversary of his election. In his remarks, Clinton asked the audience to reflect on the character of the United States and answer the question: "what does a nation itself mean?"
"As we all know there's a big debate again today about the fundamental character of America," Clinton said. "What are our responsibilities to each other in an age of unprecedented interdependence and globalization?"
He then applied this question to specific, recent instances which he cited as tests of the country's character.
"Is it okay for Facebook to accept a large investment from a Russian billionaire and then have unchecked zillion articles from Russian fake news sites without disclosing it?" the former president asked. "What's the function of borders? If you put up a wall you might be able to keep people out, but you can't keep the Internet out. You can't keep ideas out," he later added.
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