Superhero Culture and Cambridge Analytica

October 17, 2019

With the publication of his book exposing the Cambridge Analytica scandal and lambasting Facebook’s complicity, whistleblower Christopher Wylie has suddenly become an ephemeral star of hip media — as well as being the subject of yesterday’s Daily Devil’s Dictionary column on Fair...

There’s a New Facebook Scandal

November 27, 2018

After promising to clean up the fake news coming from elsewhere, Facebook invested in its own fake news. For several years, Facebook was celebrated on Wall Street and the media for achieving the American dream. It succeeded in imposing itself as both a virtual and virtuous monopoly, despite its...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Yet Another Zuckerberg “Apology”

April 09, 2018

The US has produced a culture of celebrities apologizing, which applies in particular to entertainers and politicians. A sense of history always helps us to understand contemporary phenomena. Wired has published a scathing article on Facebook culture, reminding us of Mark Zuckerberg’s penchant...

What Facebook Can Do to Rebuild Trust

April 08, 2018

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the world’s biggest social network is facing what is arguably its biggest PR crisis ever. Recent weeks have not been kind to Facebook. Since the privacy brouhaha over Cambridge Analytica erupted in mid-March, the world’s biggest social...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Integrity” of Facebook

April 05, 2018

Facebook’s integrity is less about wholeness than holes. The crisis currently rocking Facebook has led to its losing “over $100 billion in market cap since the Cambridge Analytica revelations.” Its customers are dealing with emotions ranging from disappointment to disgust. Many of them are...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Facebook’s “Mission”

April 02, 2018

Comments by a Facebook executive lead us to ask: What is the social network’s real mission? Facebook is busy defending itself against accusations stemming from a revealing leaked memo from the past, in which a senior executive appeared to defend the very same irresponsible and unethical...

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The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Zuckerberg Finds This “Pretty Crazy”

March 29, 2018

It may be time for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to face the music. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has begun rivaling US President Donald Trump as the focus of ongoing media attention. But while Trump cultivates it — even when it is negative — Zuckerberg would prefer being left out...

Whistleblower Exposes Cambridge Analytica

March 24, 2018

Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has played a role in over 200 elections around the world, has been harvesting data from you and your entire network through Facebook. Cambridge Analytica, a London-based data marketing firm, has breached private information rules. Through a personality quiz...