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Cecilia Kang and Sheera Frenkel: The ugly truth about Facebook

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Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang will be joined by Guardian technology editor Alex Hern to introduce their explosive new book about Facebook.

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In November 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell about one of the largest tech companies in the world, uncovering how the structure of Facebook and the decisions of its leaders enabled, and then attempted to conceal, huge privacy breaches and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The writers of that story, Frenkel and Kang, were only skimming the surface. In a damning new book, An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Dominion, they expand on their initial investigation, drawing on unrivalled sources to piece together a complex and alarming story about how Facebook has become a conduit of misinformation, hate speech, and political propaganda. What are the consequences for society when a few individuals are in charge of the technology used by half the world’s population?

Join Frenkel, Kang and Hern for this livestreamed event, and ask them your own questions in real-time.

Sign up here to receive Alex Hern's weekly email bringing unique insight into the goings on in Silicon Valley and beyond, directly to your inbox.

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Dominion at checkout for the special combined price of £21 including postage and packing (RRP £20).

Books will be dispatched after 13 July 2021. However, please note that in the current circumstances, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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