The new season of the award-winning narrative podcast from Vox Media Podcast Network Land of the Giants premieres next week, July 13th. This time, senior Recode correspondent Ghaffary Program is teamed up with its co-presenter, the deputy editor of The Verge Alex Heathto tell the story of Meta, formerly known as Facebook, at a crucial time, both for the tech giant and for the billions of people who use its products.
Under the leadership of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the same man who co-founded Facebook from his college dorm in 2004, Meta is trying to move from its complicated legacy as a social media company to a futuristic vision of the metavers that seeks to reshape the future. . of the internet. This transition is taking place while criticism from users, regulators and even their own former employees is at its peak. They are concerned that the company and its products (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and others) are hurting society, from how global democracy works to the mental health of teenagers. They believe Meta is too big and too powerful and maybe needs to be broken. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg’s business is under pressure like never before. Both Facebook and Instagram are rapidly losing ground to TikTok, forcing Meta to completely rethink its focus on social media.
The new season of Land of the Giants will provide you with original reports on Meta’s current challenges and the future it is building; the show will also explore critical moments from its origins as a cheeky startup to its current state as a technology giant. Ghaffary and Heath will take you to the company talking to current and former executives, including Meta’s top political executive, Nick Clegg and WhatsApp chief Will Cathcart, as well as pre-eminent critics and leaders outside the company such as whistleblower Frances Haugen and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. .
The first episode of Land of the Giants: The Disruption of Facebook / Meta comes out July 13th. You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you have your podcasts. Listen to the trailer below.