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Big tech is transforming every aspect of our world. But how? And at what cost? In the latest season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption, Recode senior reporter Shirin Ghaffary and The Verge deputy editor Alex Heath bring us inside the company that’s determined how the world interacts and communicates online. How has Meta shaped our relationships, and what’s in store for us as the company undergoes an unprecedented transition? New episodes every Wednesday starting July 13th.
From Recode, The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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Big tech is transforming every aspect of our world. But how? And at what cost? In the latest season of Land of the Giants: The Facebook/ Meta Disruption, Recode senior reporter Shirin Ghaffary and The Verge deputy editor Alex Heath bring us inside the company that’s determined how the world interacts and communicates online. How has Meta shaped our relationships, and what’s in store for us as the company undergoes an unprecedented transition? New episodes every Wednesday starting July 13th.
From Recode, The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    "Facebook Gets A Facelift"

    "Facebook Gets A Facelift"

    Long before Mark Zuckerberg renamed Facebook Meta and made an unprecedented pivot into the metaverse, he invented a feature that turned Facebook into a social network behemoth. The News Feed, which put your friends’ status updates onto your homepage, changed the way we interact online. It was a strong statement of Zuckerberg’s values: that connecting, and sharing, at scale would be de-facto good for the world. It was also his first public controversy.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 27 min
    Don't Be Afraid To Break Things

    Don't Be Afraid To Break Things

    If our first episode brought you into the beginning of Zuckerberg’s vision for connecting at scale, this story is about the consequences of pursuing that vision at full speed. In the 2000s, Facebook made a big bet to become a platform for developers – and all social activity across the web. It would bring us FarmVille and “Log In With Facebook.” But years later, it would lead the company into one of its biggest scandals: Cambridge Analytica.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


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    • 37 min
    Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    Why Instagram Broke Its Square

    When Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram in 2012, he promised he would be hands-off with the company’s curated aesthetic and simple features. But as Facebook scaled the startup into a social media juggernaut, tensions flared. Instagram’s founders would leave, and it’s now a very different app than when it first started. But are the changes setting the company up to compete in the future? Or is Instagram losing the magic that made it great in the first place? 

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


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    • 36 min
    The Facebook Election

    The Facebook Election

    Facebook used to brag about how its tools helped politicians swing elections. Now, the platform’s relationship to politics is much more complicated. Today: the story of how one politician again and again forced Zuckerberg to confront his own role in democracy.

    This episode hosted by Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    • 32 min
    Facebook's Plan To Be Cool Again

    Facebook's Plan To Be Cool Again

    Facebook defined an era of social media built on our connections, our social lives. We’re watching that era come to a close. Now, your main feeds of both Facebook and Instagram will use AI to start increasingly recommending content from people you don't follow. Kind of like another major app you may have heard of – TikTok.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


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    • 30 min
    It's A WhatsApp World

    It's A WhatsApp World

    Meta’s most expensive acquisition ever and one of the most used communication apps in the world: WhatsApp. With over 2 billion users, WhatsApp is embedded in the social, economic, and political infrastructure of countries across the globe. For better and worse. The story of WhatsApp’s incredible power, as told through its largest market: India.
    NOTE: There are descriptions of graphic acts of violence in this episode. If you want to skip these descriptions, the section begins at 20:45 and ends at 22:05.

    Hosted by Shirin Ghaffary (@shiringhaffary) and Alex Heath (@alexeheath)

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    Follow @recode and @verge for more coverage of Meta and Big Tech


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    • 35 min

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