The Week | Our view of the last 7 days in marketing & communications

Facebook has had a very bad start to October. The events and commentary have raised questions about how it got to this point and what the future may hold.


Our picks for this week center on a wide ranging look at the company that is so inextricably connected to our lives.

Here are our picks of the week.


Facebook is nearing a reputational point of no return

The Economist 

The problem starts at the top. 

Facebook’s Would-Be Regulators Are Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Wall Street Journal 

Lawmakers seem committed to change at Facebook, but far from deciding on the right way to do it. 


How Facebook Forced a Reckoning by Shutting Down the Team That Put People Ahead of Profits


Facebook’s civic-integrity team was always different from all the other teams that the social media company employed to combat misinformation and hate speech. 


Seth Meyers Breaks Down Facebook’s Very Bad Week

The New York Times 

“It’s the kind of week you normally post about on Facebook,” Meyers said on Wednesday night.


Facebook’s moral quandary

The Harvard Gazette 

Harvard psychologist Joshua Greene explains social media giant’s trolley problem. 


Everything you need to know from the Facebook whistleblower hearing 

The Verge

Congress will hear new concerns about child safety on the world’s largest social network


Facebook Banned Me for Life Because I Help People Use It Less


If someone built a tool that made Facebook less addictive—a tool that allowed users to benefit from Facebook’s positive features while limiting their exposure to its negative ones—how would Facebook respond?


Facebook’s own data is not as conclusive as you think about teens and mental health


Researchers have worked for decades to tease out the relationship between teen media use and mental health.

Turns Out Teens Hate Facebook And Twitter, Too


A new survey out this week ranks the two blue apps squarely at the bottom.


We’re Smarter About Facebook Now

The New York Times

With each Facebook crisis, we become savvier about the influence of tech companies on our lives.


Where does Facebook go from here?


Facebook is rich and powerful. They may think they can handle anything that comes their way. But the United States government and the media combined are a lot more powerful.


No More Apologies: Inside Facebook’s Push to Defend Its Image

The New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive, has signed off on an effort to show users pro-Facebook stories and to distance himself from scandals.

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