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2016 Presidential Campaign (04:24)


By 2016, Facebook is one of the most popular and profitable companies in the world. It plays a pivotal role in the presidential election, and no one uses the platform more successfully than Donald Trump’s digital media director, Brad Parscale.

Rise of "Fake News" (04:55)

Facebook’s massive audience entices media organizations to publish straight into the company’s News Feed. Unlike traditional media companies, Facebook does not see itself as responsible for insuring the accuracy of information. Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman explains how the platform legitimizes bad actors and how “fake news” is exploited for profit.

What is Facebook's Responsibility? (02:16)

James Jacoby asks Facebook executives to characterize their responsibility to intervene against the proliferation of “fake news.” Facebook’s product manager for News Feed integrity believes there was a lack of awareness on the scope of the problem and the right course of action.

Polarization and Profits (02:45)

Silverman and Alexis Madrigal discuss the emergence of hyperpartisan Facebook pages during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Early investor Roger McNamee believes polarization was the key to the model.

Facebook Backlash (03:37)

Trump’s targeted ads on Facebook pay off with an electoral victory, leading to complaints that Facebook helped tilt the election. Zuckerberg downplays Facebook’s impact on the election.

Russian Links to Misinformation (04:05)

U.S. intelligence agencies begin investigating Russian interference in the election. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos describes how links between fake news stories and the Russian government were discovered.

Russians Exploit Polarization (03:37)

Sen. Mark Warner and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper describe how Russians use fake accounts to create events pitting rival groups against each other, i.e. competing Muslim and anti-Muslim protests outside at a Houston mosque in 2016.

"Patriotic Trolling" (04:33)

Journalist Maria Ressa describes how Filipino dictator Rodrigo Duterte uses a network of paid Facebook followers to attack opponents of his regime.

Ethnic Tensions in Myanmar (03:49)

Tech entrepreneur David Madden describes how the Muslim minority in Myanmar has been targeted with hate speech. He compares Facebook’s role in Myanmar to that of inflammatory radio broadcasts that incited the Rwandan genocide.

Facebook Responds to Myanmar (04:18)

Facebook Vice President of Global Policy Management Monika Bickers and Vice President of Social Good Naomi Gleit discuss the United Nations report on Myanmar, the company’s potential liability and measures Facebook has taken to curb abuse of their platform.

Cambridge Analytica (05:06)

Whistleblower Christopher Wylie reveals that the political consulting firm used personal data from more than 50 million Facebook users, obtained from a third party, to influence voters. Zuckerberg addresses his company’s practices before Congress.

Facebook Abuses (07:29)

After years of unchecked growth, the talk now is about how to rein in Facebook. In Europe, there is an internet privacy law aimed at companies like Facebook. Company insiders describe measures they say Facebook is taking to minimize abuses of their platform.

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Frontline examines Facebook’s response to charges of promoting “fake news” and disrupting American politics. Dozens of interviews and rare footage show the company’s role in sowing division worldwide and the challenges facing the powerful social media platform.

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL169077

Copyright date: ©2018

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