Journalist Carole Cadwalladr implores “the gods of Silicon Valley,” including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to recognize the outsized role their social media platforms played in both the Brexit referendum and the 2016 US presidential election. When Cadwalladr investigated the weight of social media interference in the elections, she discovered an intricate web of deceit and criminal activity that is still unraveling. She believes that the age of fair and free elections is over. Cadwalladr’s analysis is critical viewing for citizens interested in safeguarding democracy.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the Brexit referendum was influenced by an opaque propaganda campaign on Facebook and
- How the referendum illustrates that liberal democracy is broken.
About the Speaker
Investigative journalist Carole Cadwalladr exposed the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal.