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Facebook claims that it seeks to “bring the world closer together.” But according to award-winning British journalist John Henry Lanchester, the company’s true purpose is much more mundane: to grow as a business and make as much money as it can. To that end, Facebook has acquired unprecedented capabilities to monitor and influence its two billion users. Will users and regulators rein it in? getAbstract recommends Lanchester’s devastating critique of one of the world’s most valuable companies to Facebook users, policy makers and political activists. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Facebook defines its business purpose and
  • Why Facebook is able exert so much influence over people’s lives.

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John Henry Lanchester is an award-winning British journalist and novelist. 



Most of Facebook’s two billion active users poorly understand the company’s business model and its ethical implications. The company’s self-proclaimed mission to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together” obfuscates the company’s real driving principle: to grow and to make money.

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    Kutila Pinto 10 months ago
    The actual impact of Facebook has gone well beyond what John has identified. So what are we going to do about it? I honestly believe, FB has been long been compramised! It's exsistance has been only made possible with the framework that FB has been instructed to operate in by certain powers of the world! Basically in my opinion FB is a maneuvering tool used by XXX to make changes to cultures and societies in the world for their geopolitical advantage!
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    Sara Elkady 11 months ago

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