“No country can survive if it’s split in two, three parts,” Rubio said during a speech before the Inter American Press Association at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. “Nowadays, we even debate the facts themselves.”

Florida’s senior Republican senator cautioned about the dangers of America’s splintered information systems while speaking about the influence of digital media in the Americas. He spoke both about what troubles Latin America — where Rubio is among the most influential voices in terms of U.S. policy — and about how some of those same issues are surfacing in the United States as people of different political persuasions hear drastically different stories about the events of the day.

“Today in ever-growing numbers people receive information through some platform such as a search engine or Facebook, and this divides the information you receive based on your preferences,” Rubio said. “We live in a world where people might be neighbors and live in two separate universes.”