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The Facebook Files

Accepted submission by takyon at 2021-10-04 02:12:50
Techonomics

The Facebook Files [wsj.com]

Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management.

Time and again, the documents show, Facebook's researchers have identified the platform's ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn't fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook's problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.

  1. Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is]) (podcast [wsj.com])
  2. Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Many Teen Girls, Company Documents Show [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is]) (podcast [wsj.com])
  3. Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead. [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is]) (podcast [wsj.com])
  4. Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show. [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is]) (podcast [wsj.com])
  5. How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg's Bid to Get America Vaccinated [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is])
  6. Facebook's Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is]) (podcast [wsj.com])
  7. Facebook's Documents About Instagram and Teens, Published [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is])
  8. Is Sheryl Sandberg's Power Shrinking? Ten Years of Facebook Data Offers Clues [wsj.com] (archive [archive.is])

Archive links bypass the paywall, podcasts include a transcript.

See also: Instagram for Kids and What Facebook Knows About the Effects of Social Media [newyorker.com]


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