On today’s show, hosts April Glaser and Will Oremus discuss a rather terrifying security flaw from Apple, a company that prides itself on keeping information well-protected. A bug was found in the video-chat app FaceTime that let snoops listen in on someone by calling them on FaceTime, even if the call wasn’t answered.
Then, the hosts are joined by Franklin Foer, a staff writer for the Atlantic, former editor in chief of the New Republic, and author of a book about what he calls “the existential threat of Big Tech.” They talk to him about the recent wave of layoffs in the media—including big cuts at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett newspapers—and how those tie into the dominance of companies like Google and Facebook over the way we get information now.
Stories discussed on the show:
Facebook Newsroom: “Draft Charter: An Oversight Board for Content Decisions”
Don’t Close My Tabs:
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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