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An Ugly Truth

Sheera Frenkel

An Ugly Truth

by Sheera Frenkel

An Ugly Truth

Sheera Frenkel

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Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalists lift the lid on Facebook, the powerful social media network with three billion users.

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An Ugly Truth

by Sheera Frenkel

An Ugly Truth

Sheera Frenkel

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More than any other social network, Facebook's usage is both multigenerational and multinational. It has almost three billion active users, just under two billion of which visit the site on a daily basis.

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination is the product of an investigation into the social network by journalists Sheera Frenkel and Cecelia Kang. Both authors write for The New York Times, Frenkel specializing in cybersecurity and Kang in technology. The duo were part of an investigative journalist team who were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2019.

For An Ugly Truth, the pair interviewed 400 people over 1,000 hours, verifying their claims against emails, memos, and calendars. Interviewees included former and current Facebook employees, their friends and family, investors, lawmakers, regulators, academics, and privacy campaigners.

An Ugly Truth uncovers the dichotomy of Facebook's quest to connect people while striving to gain both their money and their data.

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"The social network's massive gains have repeatedly come at the expense of consumer privacy and safety and the integrity of democratic systems."

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