Netherlands American Studies Association

Event: Conversation with Cecilia Kang about Facebook and Misinformation

The John Adams Institute and Atlas have organized a conversation with the author of An Ugly Truth, Cecilia Kang. The event is set for October 27th.

For years, fringe ideologues were able to use Facebook undisturbed to promote their extreme ideologies and conspiracies. In An Ugly Truth, published in Dutch as De smerige waarheid by Atlas Contact, New York Times tech reporters Cecilia Kang and Sheera Frenkel reveal how Facebook’s algorithms sacrificed everything for user engagement and profit, while creating a misinformation epicenter and violating the privacy of its users.

Through deep investigatory work, Kang and Frenkel came to a shocking conclusion: the missteps of the social media platform were not an anomaly but an inevitability—this is how Facebook was built to perform.

 

You can find more information on the John Adams institute website