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The Twisted Journey from Facebooks Origins to "Broken Code" with Jeff Horwitz

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Not so long ago, Facebook was the unrivaled social media platform, reaching billions of users on a regular basis and selling a vision of itself as a new public square. Jeff Horwitz broke the original story of the way Facebook executives prioritized engagement on its platform over protecting things like American democracy.  

Horwitz is a technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal. His work on “The Facebook Files” won the George Polk Award for Business Reporting and the Gerald Loeb Award for Beat Reporting. He was previously an investigative reporter for the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. His new book, titled “Broken Code,” dives into how Facebook chose to prioritize growth and engagement over everything else.  

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