FRONTLINE Investigates Facebook’s Global Empire

News Release Date: 
October 16, 2018

For Immediate Release

FRONTLINE Investigates Facebook’s Global Empire

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 16, 2018) – The promise of Facebook was to unite the world. But a series of recent scandals – from the proliferation of fake news and disinformation on Facebook, to the company's failure to protect millions of user data – have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful?

“FRONTLINE: The Facebook Dilemma” is the result of a year-long investigation. It airs on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, at 8 p.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 29 and at 9 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

In “The Facebook Dilemma,” FRONTLINE examines a series of warnings from insiders and outsiders that went unattended by Facebook as the company grew from a dorm room project to a global empire.

Dozens of original interviews and rare footage show how Facebook faced claims of misuse while becoming an unprecedented global player, and show the company's role sowing division worldwide and the challenges facing the social media platform.

With insider accounts, “The Facebook Dilemma” tells the story of how decisions made by the company as it sought increased wealth and new users transformed Facebook into a surveillance company, a media company and a player in social movements and elections around the world. 

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