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Is Facebook the Next Big Tobacco?

Thu, October 01 at 11:30 AM EDT

AWStudios Channel

In this session...

No stranger to controversy, Facebook is both revered and reviled for its unprecedented global reach that influences billions of people across the world. But at what cost? Unsuspecting consumers are giving away tons of personal information under the guise of social connection, when in reality Facebook is accumulating data to manipulate their behaviors and interests, keeping users addicted to a product they can’t live without.

Like Big Tobacco--a similarly unregulated industry that made smoking an addictive lifestyle for consumers that ultimately turned into a national health crisis with fatal results--is Facebook a danger to users and society at large by using data in ways that do more harm than good? The more than 1,100 advertisers and dozens of A-list celebrities who joined the #StopHateForProfit campaign calling on Facebook to stop the spread of hate and misinformation seems to think so.

Jeff Goodby, Co-Chairman and Partner, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Jim Steyer, CEO & Founder, Common Sense Media, and best-selling author of the forthcoming book Which Side of History: How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy And Our Lives, sit down for a one-on-one discussion to explore the role that Big Tech is playing in undermining our democracy, its impact on kids, and what can be done to hold them accountable.

What You'll Learn from This Session...

  1. The power of Big Tech: What is the biggest threat that Facebook poses to society at large as it relates to data privacy and undermining our democracy?
  2. Advertising and celebrity converge: Why did more than 1,100 advertisers and Hollywood’s elite come together to take a stand against Facebook and support the #StopHateForProfit campaign?
  3. Rethinking regulation: Who will hold Big Tech accountable, and how?

Speakers

Jeff Goodby Co-Chairman & Partner Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Jim Steyer CEO, Founder Common Sense Media

Event Details

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