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Facebook’s tremendous size was its greatest asset. Now it may be its biggest problem.

Facebook’s tremendous size was its greatest asset. Now it may be its biggest problem.

The viral video of a shooting in New Zealand offered a grim reminder of tech companies’ vast reach.
March 19th, 2019|Tags: |

On Tuesday March 19, 2019, Recode wrote:
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has a phrase she likes to use on company earnings calls as a way to pitch Facebook’s business: Advertisers, Sandberg says, can reach a Super Bowl-size audience any day of the year.

But when a gunman opened fire at a New Zealand mosque late last week, broadcasting video of the shooting live on Facebook for anyone to see, the platform’s enormous size became a complete and total liability. That’s not exactly the Super Bowl any of us had in mind.

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