An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination (Hardback)
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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 13/07/2021
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An explosive account of Facebook’s fall from grace over the last five years, Frenkel and Kang’s exhaustively researched volume posits the theory that seemingly accidental missteps may have been conscious attempts to destabilise society and politics.

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

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

Critics framed the narrative as the irreconcilable conflict between the platform's lofty mission to advance society by bringing people together while also profiting off of them. The company, many said, had simply lost its way. But the truth is far more complex.

Drawing on their unrivalled sources, Frenkel and Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries within the company, its growing political influence as well as its skirmishes with privacy groups and the FTC, 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 the platform 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. Each has stood by as their technology is co-opted by hate-mongers, criminals and corrupt political regimes across the globe, with devastating consequences. In An Ugly Truth, they are at last held accountable.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781408712719
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 236 x 158 x 38 mm


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'[Frenkel and Kang] have produced the ultimate takedown via careful, comprehensive interrogation of every major Facebook scandal. An Ugly Truth provides the kind of satisfaction you might get if you hired a private investigator to track a cheating spouse: it confirms your worst suspicions and then gives you all the dates and details you need to cut through the company's spin.' - The New York Times 

'A comprehensive account ... drawn from first-hand testimonies. Thoroughly engaging' - The Times 

'An explosive new book' - The Daily Mail 

'A detailed dismantling of what happened at the highest levels of the company as it pursued a policy of deny, deflect and obfuscate.' - The New Statesman

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