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"Move Fast and Break Things" (04:31)


Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg explains his company’s origins. Early investor Roger McNamee explains the intentions behind Facebook. (Credits)

Benign Vision of Technology (03:33)

Mike Hoefflinger explains Facebook's mission;. Zuckerberg's vision becomes a lucrative business plan. Former Director of Public Policy Tim Sparapani calls the app a "digital nation state."

Facebook News Feed (03:42)

In footage from 2007, Zuckerberg explains the goal of the business is worldwide expansion. Facebook adds its most important feature, driven by a secret algorithm. The Like button allows the collection of vast amounts of users’ personal data.

Lack of Liability (01:59)

Existing laws do not hold internet companies liable for content posted on their sites. Sparapani states that Facebook adopts a libertarian perspective in policing content.

Arab Spring and Polarization (10:05)

The uprisings are galvanized by a Facebook page protesting abuses by the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak steps down, and the platform is hailed as a force for democratic change. Facebook also contributes to polarization and the spread of misinformation in the region.

Facebook Exploitation (04:20)

Facebook seeks to exploit personal data collected from users as the company prepares to go public. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and her team start developing new ways to collect personal information, and the company starts doing business with data brokers.

Data Collection Exposed (06:00)

The extent of Facebook’s activities is largely a secret until Max Schrems exposes the wide array of archived personal information being archived. Journalist Kara Swisher recalls Zuckerberg’s response.

FTC Investigation (05:04)

Authorities at the Federal Trade Commission begin investigating Facebook in 2010 and find the company has been sharing users’ personal data with third-party developers without consent. Facebook settles with the FTC without admitting guilt and agrees to fix the problems. The company is also under pressure to keep monetizing personal information.

Successful IPO (03:16)

Facebook goes public in May 2012, raising $18 billion. Researchers working for the Department of Defense see the potential for social media to be weaponized.

Russia Weaponizes Facebook (04:57)

The Internet Research Agency uses Facebook to promote misinformation and stir dissent against the anti-Russian government of Ukraine. Vitaly Bespalov describes the agency’s methods. Dmytro Shymkiv describes Facebook’s response to his request for intervention.

Presidential Election of 2016 (03:26)

Facebook executives stick to their mission and business model, despite a gathering storm. Russia continues to use social media as a weapon as division runs through the 2016 campaign. Zuckerberg views his invention as part of the solution.

Credits: The Facebook Dilemma: Part 1 (01:01)

Credits: The Facebook Dilemma: Part 1

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Frontline examines early warnings about Facebook’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show how the company faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global power.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL169076

Copyright date: ©2018

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