10 Years of Privacy Violations, Disinformation, and Friend Requests From Facebook – Mother Jones

Explore the social-media giant’s troubling track record.
Article Tue, Feb 12, 2019
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Explore the social-media giant’s troubling track record.

As Facebook assumed its central role in the information landscape, the company quietly made decisions that boosted profits with little regard to the consequences for privacy, politics, and the news industry. When those controversial calls and other travails associated with abuses of the platform gradually came to light, Facebook, as early investor Roger McNamee put it early this year, often followed a PR playbook of “deny, delay, deflect, dissemble.” A decadelong chronicle of lawsuits and leaks offers a window into the social-­media giant and how its leader’s ethos to “move fast and break things” strained the public’s trust.