Facebook is not only the world’s largest social networking service, but also the one that has been involved in most controversy, from the dissemination of fake news to its impact on the outcomes of elections, such as the one that brought Donald Trump to power. The award-winning New York Times journalist Cecilia Kang, who has been investigating the subjects of technology and cybersecurity for over ten years, is the co-author of The Ugly Truth, a book that reveals some of the dark secrets of the social media company, whose stated aim is to create links of friendship among thousands of millions of people around the world. However, as the book finds, Facebook systematically resorts to questionable practices such as selling user data, disinformation and the proliferation of hate speech. In conversation with Veronica Smink.
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