Surrounded by criticism and with an increasingly negative image, all Facebook doesn’t want right now is a TV series telling the social network behind the scenes during a controversial episode. And the company is willing to sue anyone who is going to take this idea forward, as is the case with producer Anonymous Content.
According to a website report Deadline, the company led by Mark Zuckerberg decided to go after those responsible for the series Doomsday Machine.
To do that, Facebook hired Mathew Rosengart, a lawyer who was in the spotlight recently for helping singer Britney Spears in the process to get rid of the guardianship of her father, Jamie Spears. Among his clients are actors Sean Penn, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Eddie Murphy, and filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Doomsday Machine will be based on the book An Ugly Truth, written by Cecilia Kang and Sheera Frenkel and released in 2021. The series will feature how the platform dealt with disinformation campaigns during the 2016 US elections and investigations into Russian interference in the election by exploiting social networks.
Other recent controversies will also be addressed, such as the XCheck program, which supposedly would allow celebrities and prominent figures not to be subject to the platform’s content moderation. The drama will be fictionalized, with actress Claire Foy (young Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown) in the role of Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer.
In the letter obtained by the report, Rosengart says that Facebook has great respect for the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which defends freedom of expression, but warns that it does not protect against false statements or representations.
The lawyer says that the company is willing to work with the producers to ensure that the project is true and accurate and that, if the producer makes a series with false characterizations, the company will take all appropriate legal measures. How do you note the Verge, however, it is not known of any action that has been taken against the book An Ugly Truth or the authors.
Zuckerberg calls Facebook Papers “coordinated action”
A behind-the-scenes series of the social network would come at a time when Facebook is already experiencing turmoil in public opinion. In recent months, documents leaked by former employee Frances Haugen showed that the company is aware of the damage it causes to teenagers and young people, but chooses not to take any action so as not to harm its profits.
This Monday (25), a consortium of 17 press vehicles from the United States began to publish a series of reports based on more documents revealed by Haugen. The batch has been called Facebook Papers.
Among the first revelations are the insufficiency of artificial intelligence to handle content moderation, the company’s lack of action to curb criminal activities in Mexico, the Middle East and Ethiopia, and the amplification of “angry” content by the algorithm of news feed.
In a call with investors also on Monday (25), Zuckerberg said the company is open to criticism for improving its products, but called the Facebook Papers a coordinated action based on partial and biased information to paint a negative picture of the company. .
The executive also stated that he is in favor of a regulation of social media, setting limits on what is allowed and how content should be moderated.
With information: Deadline, The Verge.