Cecilia Kang

An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination
Oct 27, 2021, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm,   Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
2021-10-27 20:30:00 2021-10-27 22:30:00 Europe/Amsterdam Cecilia Kang (The John Adams Institute) An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam The John Adams Institute info@john-adams.nl
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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 Een 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.

Join us for a conversation with Cecilia Kang about a book described by the New York Times Book Review as ‘the ultimate takedown of Facebook’. (photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

Click here to buy the book at Athenaeum Boekhandel and use code JOHNADAMS2021 to get a 10% discount.


All attendees of this event must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours of attending the event. In attending the event you certify and attest that you and all individuals in your party attending the event:

  • Are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination with your CoronaCheck QR Code, OR
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You will not attend the event if you have recently been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the 24 hour period prior to the event.

Doors open at 7.45pm. Please arrive on time, as the corona check at the door might create longer lines than usual.

Moderator: Wouter van Noort

In collaboration with: Atlas Contact

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