FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma DVD

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FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company's failure to protect millions of users' data, to the proliferation of "fake news" and disinformation in the U.S. and across the world, mounting crises have raised the question: How has Facebook's historic success as a social network brought about ... More
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FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company's failure to protect millions of users' data, to the proliferation of "fake news" and disinformation in the U.S. and across the world, mounting crises have raised the question: How has Facebook's historic success as a social network brought about real-world harm?

Drawing on dozens of original interviews and rare footage, this documentary investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as the company grew from Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room to a global empire.

The Facebook Dilemma describes how Facebook's leaders developed a multi-billion dollar business model that mined its most valuable asset - the personal data of its users - and how the addition of Newsfeed in 2006 and the new "Like" button in 2009 turned the platform into a goldmine.

From how Russia weaponized Facebook to spread "fake news" in the Ukraine years before the term was popularized, to data breaches that would expose the accounts of millions of users, to Facebook's role in disseminating misinformation in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, The Facebook Dilemma reveals how a platform initially aimed at uniting us has often instead divided us - and how Facebook has responded to challenges ranging from hate speech to election interference.

Producer: Anya Bourg, James Jacoby
Executive Producer: Raney Aronson-Rath
Production Company: Left/Right
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Director: James Jacoby
Host: James Jacoby
Writers: Anya Bourg, James Jacoby
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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M. R.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Everyone should see this
Review by M. R. on 07/17/20 review stating Everyone should see this
If you arent on Facebook yourself, it doesnt matter. Certainly you know someone who is. In any case, this reveals concerns we all should be aware of. As always, Frontline does an excellent job of investigating and interviewing. Highly recommend this.
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Kzoopat
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Must See!!
Review by Kzoopat on 07/17/20 review stating A Must See!!
Excellent documentary outlining three major negative societal consequences of FACEBOOKs failure to monitor the accuracy of news content being placed on their pages, namely: 1) Arab Spring and similar violence in small unstable countries; 2) Ease of operation for Ruia and satellites to intervene in a foreign countrys affairs, especially election procees including our own, for the sole purpose of causing internal discord (not necearily to promote a particular political outcome); and 3) How FACEBOOK was used by both parties in our last presidential election. Telling interviews with a very nervous Zuckerman and top staff. They all had the same storyline Sorry. Too late to react. Will try to do better, but no credible changes were offered. It leaves one wondering: Is their goal, really, to just preserve their present profitable busine model? Now PBS needs to do a second documentary on FACEBOOK with in-depth interviews of alarmed experts seeing an explosion of youthful suicides. What is social media doing to the formation of the human person, in particular on child development?


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