By Evan Osnos in the New Yorker
Mark Zuckerberg is at the center of a debate about the moral character of Silicon Valley and the conscience of its leaders.
If Facebook were a country, it would have the largest population on earth. More than 2.2 billion people, about a third of humanity, log in at least once a month. That user base has no precedent in the history of American enterprise. Fourteen years after it was founded, in Zuckerberg’s dorm room, Facebook has as many adherents as Christianity.
A couple of years ago, the company was still revelling in its power. By collecting vast quantities of information about its users, it allows advertisers to target people with precision—a business model that earns Facebook more ad revenue in a year than all American newspapers combined.
But the most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.