Apr 16, 2019

Facebook challenged to give TED talk on political ads

In her TED talk, Carole Cadwalladr called on the executives of Facebook and Twitter to come to the conference and discuss their role in influencing elections around the world. TED curator Chris Anderson also invited Facebook to address the conference. Some of this was subsequently shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which used it to target political advertising in the US. Cadwalladr, who writes for the Guardian and Observer, used her TED talk to directly address who she called the "Gods of Silicon Valley". She challenged Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to come to TED and criticised his refusal to address the UK parliamentary committee tasked with investigating Facebook's role in the Brexit referendum. TED curator Mr Anderson promised to "Hold a space" at the conference for Facebook executives, some of whom he said "Were watching".

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