This week, we are hosting a special #WSJReadalong, where we will review the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ’s technology reporter, will be our guest. He is also the author of “Broken Code: Inside Facebook and the Fight to Expose Its Harmful Secrets.”
We will be live at 8:30am ET on Sunday morning on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, our Digimentors website AND now, Instagram. If you miss the live show, you can always watch it later, on demand.
From The New York Times Book Review (Gift Link):
“Broken Code fillets Facebook’s strategic failures to address its part in the spread of disinformation, political fracturing and even genocide. The book is stuffed with eye-popping, sometimes Orwellian statistics and anecdotes that could have come only from the inside.”
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing on the sexual exploitation of children online with the CEOs of Discord, Meta, Snap, TikTok, and Twitter. Jeff will tell us what's at stake.
Much of the source material for Jeff's book and a series of articles for The Wall Street Journal, the Facebook Files, comes from the FBarchive, a searchable database of Facebook Whistleblower documents including internal chat threads, reports, presentations and more. Here are some of the documents Jeff will reference during the show.
We also have Gift Links to several of Jeff's articles in The Wall Street Journal. You will want to make sure you read these. Click on the images or scroll down for details.
The Meta unit’s systems for fostering communities have guided users to child-sex content; company says it is improving internal controls
The Wall Street Journal | June 7, 2023
Content served to WSJ test accounts included risqué footage of kids, overtly sexual adult videos and ads from major brands
The Wall Street Journal | Nov. 27, 2023
The social-media company has stepped up enforcement, but its algorithms continue to promote problematic content
The Wall Street Journal | Dec. 1, 2023
The company’s own child-safety experts sounded the alarm about efforts to encrypt messages on Instagram and Facebook. This month, it started doing it anyway.
The Wall Street Journal | Dec. 22, 2023
In addition to talking about The Wall Street Journal and Jeff’s book, we will talk about the case of Evan Gershkovich, the WSJ reporter who has been detained in Russia for more than 300 days on charges of espionage, while doing his job as a journalist.
Click here or on the image for more details. These articles are not behind the WSJ paywall.
Regular viewers will know that we usually feature The New York Times; the show's official name is Sree's Sunday #NYTReadalong. Occasionally, we focus on other publications. We have previously hosted shows highlighting The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Politico, The Dallas Morning News and the Khaleej Times (Dubai).
This is our first show focusing on The Wall Street Journal.
We have been reviewing the print edition of the Sunday New York Times for eight years. Click here for our YouTube Playlist.
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