An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle of Domination by Sheera and Cecilia King

Review by Jamie Stanley

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An Ugly Truth is written by award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang. This well-researched book peels back the rigorously defended public façade developed and spun by founder Mark Zuckerberg and his second-in-command consigliere Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook’s mission statement reads “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” Uh-huh. As this book makes clear, delivering eyeballs to advertising and monetizing people’s attention and connections as Facebook users are number one. Bringing the world closer together – not so much. An Ugly Truth documents how Facebook has deflected responsibility for how this platform has been coopted by “hate-mongers, criminals, and corrupt political regimes across the globe.”

The full-cast of characters involved in the drama and controversies that have dogged Facebook over the past ten years all make an appearance in this book. While the company continues to experience tremendous growth, greater powers have put the company on notice that their laissez faire attitude toward providing unfettered access to the information circulating on their platform, without some intervention on their part, is no longer tenable. The time for heartfelt apologies and promises to do better has passed. Facebook continues to enjoy runaway financial growth with Zuckerberg and Sandberg still firmly ensconced at the top. Stay tuned for further developments from Frankel and Kang.

Review courtesy of Northfield Public Library
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