What Facebook Knew and Tried to Hide


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The story of Facebook in the past few years has been that of a company slow to understand how powerful it has become. But an investigation by The New York Times finds that once Facebook’s leaders understood the problems they faced, they sought to conceal them.

On today’s episode:

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, has cast the company as a force for social good. But as the platform grew, so did hate speech and misinformation.CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

Nicholas Confessore and Sheera Frenkel contributed reporting.

“What Facebook Knew and Tried to Hide” was produced by Andy Mills and Theo Balcomb, and edited by Lisa Tobin.

“The Daily” is produced by Theo Balcomb, Annie Brown, Jessica Cheung, Lynsea Garrison, Michael Simon Johnson, Andy Mills, Neena Pathak, Rachel Quester, Ike Sriskandarajah, Clare Toeniskoetter and Alexandra Leigh Young, and edited by Larissa Anderson, Paige Cowett and Wendy Dorr. Lisa Tobin is our executive producer. Samantha Henig is our editorial director. Brad Fisher is our technical manager. Chris Wood is our sound engineer. Our theme music is by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of Wonderly.