If Then

What Keeps Facebook up at Night

The head of Facebook’s news feed on Myanmar’s deadly crisis, the challenge of local news, and the downsides of transparency.

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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus discuss Elon Musk’s plan to … colonize Mars? They explain how sanctuary cities may unwittingly be sharing data with ICE through police surveillance tech. And Facebook VP Adam Mosseri, head of the news feed, joins the show for a wide-ranging interview. He explains how his team thinks about its responsibility to inform the public and how they tackle complex problems ranging from fake news in the United States to Facebook-fueled hate campaigns in Myanmar.


Stories discussed on the show:

Slate: Sanctuary Cities Are Handing ICE a Map

CNBC: Elon Musk, Speaking at SXSW, Projects Mars Spaceship Will Be Ready for Short Trips by First Half of 2019


Don’t Close My Tabs:

The Wirecutter: Speed Queen: The Life (and Death) of Internet Commenters’ Favorite Washing Machine

Politico: This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town

Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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