An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination

by Sheera Frenkel, Cecilia Kang

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Overview

Two prize-winning New York Times investigative journalists reveal how the pressure to grow and a culture of hubris led to crisis within the tech giant Facebook, in this explosive, news-making book.

In November 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell in-depth investigation that exposed, with disturbing insider detail, how leadership decisions at Facebook enabled, and then tried to cover up, massive privacy breaches and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

 The story quickly shot to the top of the paper’s most emailed list. It would earn the team of Times reporters a prestigious Loeb award, the George Polk award, and a spot on the Pulitzer short list. But it only skimmed the surface.

 The investigation’s lead reporters, Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, spent eighteen months piecing together the story of how one of the most powerful companies in the world tried to bury a damning truth—that Facebook has become a conduit for disinformation, hate speech, and political propaganda. The unrivaled sources of these two veteran journalists led them to perhaps the most recognizable names in the tech industry: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. Both have long existed as archetypes of uniquely twenty-first century executives—he, the tech “boy genius” turned billionaire, she, the ultimate woman in business, an inspiration to millions through her books and speeches. 

At Any Cost is the definitive story of Facebook’s fall from grace, following the embattled company from 2011, when its power and positive influence was undisputed, to 2020, when it will face its biggest test yet—the US presidential election. What are the ultimate ramifications when a few individuals are in charge of the technology used by half the world’s population? Can they control the technology they’ve unleashed into the world? And if not, can we, as individuals and as a society, control them?




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062960672
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/13/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,100
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Sheera Frenkel covers cybersecurity from San Francisco for The New York Times. Previously, she spent over a decade in the Middle East as a foreign correspondent, reporting for BuzzFeed, NPR, The Times of London and McClatchy Newspapers.

Cecilia Kang covers technology and regulatory policy out of Washington for The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2015 after 10 years covering technology and business at The Washington Post.

Frenkel and Kang were part of the team of investigative journalists recognized as 2019 Finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. The team also won the George Polk Award for National Reporting and the Gerald Loeb Award for Investigative Reporting.

Table of Contents

Authors' Note ix

Prologue At Any Cost 1

Chapter 1 Don't Poke the Bear 5

Chapter 2 The Next Big Thing 19

Chapter 3 What Business Are We In? 39

Chapter 4 The Rat Catcher 69

Chapter 5 The Warrant Canary 95

Chapter 6 A Pretty Crazy Idea 111

Chapter 7 Company over Country 117

Chapter 8 Delete Facebook 149

Chapter 9 Think Before You Share 169

Chapter 10 The Wartime Leader 189

Chapter 11 Coalition of the Willing 219

Chapter 12 Existential Threat 233

Chapter 13 The Oval Interference 243

Chapter 14 Good for the World 265

Epilogue The Long Game 293

Acknowledgments 301

Notes 305

Index 321

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