Facebook's role in Brexit - and the threat to democracy | Carole Cadwalladr

  • Published on Jun 10, 2019
  • In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?
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Comments • 4 013

  • Ben Ezung
    Ben Ezung 3 hours ago

    Ted you said it ✌

  • Just lina
    Just lina 14 hours ago

    Why is there no discussion of the vote leave percentage in Rotheram (where the grooming gangs were operating)?

  • Jonathan Hylgaard
    Jonathan Hylgaard 18 hours ago

    Stupid laymen. Couldn't vote the right way if their life depended on it.

  • Crazy Nights
    Crazy Nights 22 hours ago


  • darwinism14
    darwinism14 Day ago

    DEAR LADY, HOW MUCH has contributed GB in EU budget during YEARS and then tell us what it has given back.

  • Sue Sorenson
    Sue Sorenson Day ago

    I am so grateful for individuals like you, who are exposing this bizarre, dark underbelly of our modern times!! Keep exposing the truth... peace!

  • John
    John Day ago

    I have seen no evidence that Zuckerberg is listening - to anything, or anyone. He placed himself above the US Senate when required to attend a hearing there.
    He now sees himself above all forms of control.
    And I have seen no sign of a moral compass in the "man".

  • Oussama Sethoum
    Oussama Sethoum Day ago

    i love the courage she has to take down of what known gods of silicon valley. great talk !

  • gopal verma
    gopal verma Day ago

    Sir what your opinion about network marketing can i change my life by it

  • zoeee
    zoeee 2 days ago

    Unrelated but I love her outfit lol

  • Convilious
    Convilious 2 days ago

    4,001th comment

  • The Macallan
    The Macallan 3 days ago

    >"people didn't vote the way I wanted them to vote, we have to change that so in future everyone votes the way I tell them to"...
    >"democracy is under threat"...
    Democracy is threatened by women like this! Obama used Facebook to get elected in 2008 and 2012, I didnt see these people complaining about that! Try criticising the left-wing globalist bias in the mainstream media instead

  • Mack B
    Mack B 3 days ago

    Was it just Facebook, or was it also Google??? is Google being transparent?

  • Marcin Olender
    Marcin Olender 3 days ago +1

    Bollocks. Brexit happened becasue of The Press. Now it tries to blame it on someone else.

  • Valentine Carstensen

    All these wonderful projects you point out are in the face of loss of ownership by the working class. People are now buried under greater debt to banks and government by way of taxes..... there is much less individual security in reality. Nearly as quickly as a person is deemed useless by the labor market they are dispossessed of their life’s effort and left to being unwanted wards of a foreign governing body. All that needs to be done is to allow people to earn true OWNERSHIP of permanent security of food and housing. That is their own lot, own home, own garden from which no entity can dispossess them. It is not complex, it is entirely obtainable.

  • Ayub Khajjak
    Ayub Khajjak 3 days ago


  • Winter Val Thanne
    Winter Val Thanne 4 days ago +1

    Facebook is one of the greatest evils we know

    • Microwave
      Microwave 2 days ago

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  • MLG Gator
    MLG Gator 4 days ago

    This is my assignment shm

  • Sherri Lappchen
    Sherri Lappchen 4 days ago

    People need to be alert. And think for themselves you cant blame a FB account for All this. Then head off to your nearest tech shop and buy ALEXA or GOOGLE echo spy gadgets and have that manage your home. Take responsibility people!

  • Ultimoirene
    Ultimoirene 4 days ago +4

    I'm from Ukraine. The technology made a clown a president of our country (

  • Peter Smith
    Peter Smith 4 days ago +1

    The good old EU funded those projects. Conveniently it's forgotten that we fund the EU, being one of the highest contributors.
    Hey! If you give me £10, I'll give you £5 and think yourself lucky!

  • Defne
    Defne 5 days ago +5

    “Because you set out to connect people and you are refusing to acknowledge that the same technology is now driving us apart”

  • Axe M.
    Axe M. 6 days ago

    The complex strategies of Dominic Cummings kneeled UK on its feet. Maybe karma is paying back what they did to other nations decades ago.

  • Kannan Manoj
    Kannan Manoj 7 days ago

    Nothing can said to be certain except death and taxes

  • Jonsonator
    Jonsonator 7 days ago

    I hate presentations where the presenter does not behave genuinely so I have to feel the discomfort

  • David Hargreaves
    David Hargreaves 7 days ago

    Authoritarianism?......!!!!.on the rise...yes love from the GLOBALIST and the United Nations!!!!!...you havent got a fucking clue what you are talking about....

  • David Hargreaves
    David Hargreaves 7 days ago +1

    This is the biggest load of bluster and false information I have heard in years.She actually trusts our Parliament with democracy!!!!!!....they are being funded and directed by the European Union and the PEOPLE know it!!!!

  • David Hargreaves
    David Hargreaves 7 days ago

    Im not on Facebook?...I voted Leave?....this is complete BULLSHIT...Ive never heard such complete nonsense........The Observer is left wing bullshit surprisingly......

  • Laal Goli
    Laal Goli 8 days ago +1

    and we should trust you why?

  • _ _
    _ _ 9 days ago

    She is promoting EU's interests

  • Illmatic88
    Illmatic88 9 days ago

    People voted for something and its anti democratic?
    Pretty fucking disgusting to let this woman speak on this platform.

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  • 赵俊然
    赵俊然 9 days ago +1


  • Emma mamia
    Emma mamia 9 days ago +2

    it is kind of weird to heard a speech about facebook but TED have also facebook

  • N3rfe3d
    N3rfe3d 9 days ago

    Facebook is evil... Just like BBC hahaha kidding. Just think it over don't just listen you must think about what you are told.they can't get me no Facebook no BBC for me. Haha Google might get me

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  • Buddy Scogin
    Buddy Scogin 10 days ago

    Please think people!!! Banning something means giving govt MORE power to control what we say/think. Stop giving power away. We can think for ourselves and decide if an add is true or false. Stop advocating for govt controls! True freedom includes the offensive and the false etc. You think a new law won’t get abused by those in power? Freedom is not free!!!!

  • Rubin Schmidt
    Rubin Schmidt 10 days ago


  • John Ericson
    John Ericson 10 days ago +1

    how do we know this is true what if she's just trying to bring down all of or technology in america

  • Brutus Gallicus
    Brutus Gallicus 10 days ago

    Everyone that wants Brexit is ignorant, non reflective, and victims of a scam, or they're perverse and irredeemable. Does that about cover it?

  • Buddy Scogin
    Buddy Scogin 10 days ago +2

    She is a biased “remainer” in a room of globalists and does not understand the roots of brexit nor the roots of the us election. She is pushing a globalist narrative. We don’t want a global oligarchy of elites. We desire a nation state with its sovereignty intact. It’s a political view and is very relevant regardless of her bias against it.

  • Brucester
    Brucester 10 days ago +1

    Argggh… It's NOT funded by the EU. There is NO such thing as EU funding, it is simply money that we paid to them in the first place that was later returned to us and described as a grant. Minus of course the EU cut. How downright disingenuous to call it a 'grant'. It was OUR money. There may be an argument that the EU decided how our money would get spent, but is that what it has come to? We can no longer be trusted to decide how to spend our money, so we get foreigners to decide for us?

  • Trending Now
    Trending Now 11 days ago +1

    OH MY GOSH. What a bunch of biased rubbish. The truth is that your evidence is a liberal/communist slant and you are contributing to the end of democracy. Shame on you!

  • Zero
    Zero 12 days ago


  • Emmy Easter
    Emmy Easter 12 days ago +1

    Why doesn't this have more views?! It is such an important topic!

  • Joseph Velarde
    Joseph Velarde 12 days ago

    This Cambridge Analytica facilitated the election of a foul-mouthed & dictator president in the Philippines.

  • Mitch Kahle
    Mitch Kahle 13 days ago +1

    I quit using Facebook 6 months ago and will never go back.

  • Rabhallah Taher
    Rabhallah Taher 13 days ago

    What a strong woman..!!

  • Dost Thou Even Logic Brethren?

    I recommend everyone look up the psychology of _The Third Person Effect_

  • Dost Thou Even Logic Brethren?

    Ahh yes....because big brother controlling what information and news we are allowed to see is the true key to democracy!

    Here's a solution: teach your kids, family and friends not to blindly follow the crap they read on social media.

  • Sum Wan
    Sum Wan 13 days ago +2

    Had to admire China for their foresight in banning facebook after it refused to cooperate with local laws.

  • Jnanapriya Ma
    Jnanapriya Ma 13 days ago

    Friends..keep watching all the powerful videos of HDH Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam to experience the next level of expansion of consciousness in us

  • Mike O
    Mike O 13 days ago

    I'm concerned that TED is getting very political

  • jojouk
    jojouk 14 days ago

    Joke of the year: Most of Brexiteers watch TED regularly for information.

  • Eliana Invernizzi
    Eliana Invernizzi 14 days ago

    Everyone should watch this

  • Joshua Huang
    Joshua Huang 15 days ago

    Totally the same on Xinjiang rioters issues! The rioters contacted in Facebook, Tweeter and etc. You can still see the anti-China group in facebook and tweeter and These companies just leave it. I can't believe how come this so-called freedom of speech is worth protecting!

  • jnrmack
    jnrmack 15 days ago +1

    every time we have an election its fraud, as MPs and parties lie to us and break election promises. we are ruled by a NWO.

  • jnrmack
    jnrmack 15 days ago

    car plant was already leaving.

  • Terance Wagg
    Terance Wagg 16 days ago +1

    This speaker started on a false premise. She spoke about things financed by the EU. Just where do you think they get their money from? Uk Gov is their 2nd largest contributor to their funds and many countries do not contribute one penny to them - usually taking away! So, in the real world, the UK has paid for most of the so called infrastructure that was supposedly paid for by the EU