#185 - Facebook's smear campaign against Tik Tok | Curio

#185 - Facebook's smear campaign against Tik Tok

25 mins | Apr 11, 2022

Today's episode from 11th April 2022. We begin the week with a Washington Post exclusive. It's about how Facebook has been paying one of the US's biggest consulting firms to place negative (and often false) stories about rivals Tik-Tok in local media. Then later, your phone is a portal to constant terrible news. But does it have to be? We've got a quick guide on how to keep up-to-date without burning out. In a tactic that's commonplace in political spheres, Meta is paying one of the biggest consulting firms in the United States to run a nationwide smear campaign against their rival TikTok. The firm, Targeted Victory, undermined the popular app by portraying it as a danger to American children, amplifying negative coverage and highlighting real concerns about the lack of algorithm transparency. When Facebook is under immense pressure to win back young users, The Washington Post's Taylor Lorenz and Drew Harwell investigate the extent of this campaign and Meta's involvement. Smartphones have become the intersection between our lives and the world around us. The way we socialise and consume our entertainment and news has veered towards the digital. While this has many perks, it also has plenty of negatives — one of them being how excruciatingly difficult it can be to feel connected and 'switch off' simultaneously. For The Washington Post, Heather Kelly explores ways in which could potentially strike a healthy balance between the two. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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