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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination


An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

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4/5 (213 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jul 13, 2021
ISBN:
9780062960696
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

An inside look…

Enjoyed by everyone from your grandma to Vladamir Putin, Facebook the platform is nearly ubiquitous. But the inner workings and goals of Facebook the company have remained somewhat mysterious. Award-winning New York Times tech journalists Cecilia Kang and Sheera Frenkel use their unparalleled access to take us inside an organization that, for better or for worse, has changed society in unprecedented ways.

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“The ultimate takedown.” – New York Times Book Review

Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace

Once one of Silicon Valley’s greatest success stories, Facebook has been under constant fire for the past five years, roiled by controversies and crises. It turns out that while the tech giant was connecting the world, they were also mishandling users’ data, spreading fake news, and amplifying dangerous, polarizing hate speech.

The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex. Leadership decisions enabled, and then attempted to deflect attention from, the crises. Time after time, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles. And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts.

Drawing on their unrivaled sources, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company to shine a light on the fatal cracks in the architecture of the tech behemoth. Their explosive, exclusive reporting led them to a shocking conclusion: The missteps of the last five years were not an anomaly but an inevitability—this is how Facebook was built to perform. In a period of great upheaval, growth has remained the one constant under the leadership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have been held up as archetypes of uniquely 21st century executives—he the tech “boy genius” turned billionaire, she the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches. But sealed off in tight circles of advisers and hobbled by their own ambition and hubris, each has stood by as their technology is coopted by hate-mongers, criminals and corrupt political regimes across the globe, with devastating consequences. In An Ugly Truth, they are at last held accountable. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 13, 2021
ISBN:
9780062960696
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    Driving from work to home and home to work, this book kept me enthralled the entire way. Excellent writing and captivating audio. I truly enjoyed the thorough research. Great job.
  • (4/5)
    Fascinating and important book for anyone interested in modern history and technology. Well written, fast paced, and covers everything from the start of Facebook to where it is in 2021. I often found myself asking, how would the world look now if Facebook executives had made different decisions at key points?
  • (5/5)
    This book, written by a Washington Post reporter, is about everything the Russians did in the 2016 election, Although much of the information in the book has been reported in the newspaper, the book puts everything in context, and provides analysis and more detail. Seeing everything laid out so clearly is bone-chilling, all the more so when it is set forth so logically and clearly, rather than in the snippets and bits and pieces of the daily news reports. If you read this book and are not convinced that the country is in deep trouble, you are being willfully blind.This is one of the best books I've read on this subject, connecting all the fragments, as we teeter from one crisis to the other (forgetting prior crises as new ones arise). The book confronts us with just how unprecedented and horrific these past few years have been.
  • (5/5)
    This is a well researched and comprehensive look at the presidential election of 2016 and the role Russia played in it. While watching the news every day has provided me with a great deal of insights into this topic, reading books such as Miller's helps put it all together. There is no question in my mind that Russia used a variety of methods to disrupt out electoral process and to put Donald Trump in the White House to benefit themselves. We are in a frightening time in our country's history and those who choose to bury their heads in the sand need to sit down and read a book as this one to truly understand why there needs to be some major changes, especially a new president in 2020.
  • (5/5)
    Very interesting on issues concerning our time ! i thoroughly enjoyed it!