Review: Why Facebook can never fix itself
The Facebook engineer was itching to know why his date hadn't responded to his messages. So at 10 p.m. one night in the company's Menlo Park headquarters, he brought up her Facebook profile on the company's internal systems and began looking at her personal data. The engineer would be fired for his behavior, along with 51 other employees who had inappropriately abused their access to company data, a privilege that was then available to everyone who worked at Facebook, regardless of their job function or seniority. So begins An Ugly Truth, a new book about Facebook written by veteran New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang. With Frenkel's expertise in cybersecurity, Kang's expertise in technology and regulatory policy, and their deep well of sources, the duo provide a compelling account of Facebook's years spanning the 2016 and 2020 elections. BEOWULF SHEEHAN. Frenkel and Kang argue that Facebook's problems today are not the product of a company that lost its way. They censored the Facebook security team's multiple attempts to publish details of what they had found, and cherry-picked the data to downplay the severity and partisan nature of the problem.