Why Facebook hired Britney Spears’ lawyer

A book and a TV series chronicle the headaches Facebook has faced in recent years. But the social network is fighting back, hiring an ace in the legal field

Lately times have certainly not been among the most rosy for Facebook's history. Now, to undermine the reputation of the social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg (who is even said to be on the verge of resigning from the top of the company, just to save it) there would be a further threat that has already alarmed the company's top management; this time, however, the company would already run for cover in order not to be caught unprepared: here's what's happening.

It wasn't enough to have a blackout that made users flee to other platforms, accusations of fake news at the time of the US presidential election and other missteps made such as the XCheck program, a stratagem with which prominent figures on the social network could avoid the meshes of moderation to which the content of other members is normally subjected. To put a spoke in the wheels now there would also be a book and a TV series based on it, which prompted the company to protect itself by hiring Mathew Rosengart, the lawyer who followed Britney Spears during the process to free herself permanently from the legal protection of her father Jamie. And, as in the case of the pop music star, also this time his role will be of crucial importance in the matter.

Facebook, why Rosengart is so important

Rosengart will have to keep his eyes and ears open. His task will be to prevent the new television project, an adaptation of "An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination" by authors Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, from damaging Facebook's image in the eyes of its users.

If from the series produced by Anonymous Content should emerge exaggerations not adhering to the reality, little accuracy in the description of the facts and other insinuations without foundation (according to Facebook, of course), the defender would be sent by the company to start a legal battle and assert the rights and the reasons of the social.

At the moment, as reported by The Verge, the situation would still be in the ranks and there would be no conditions to bring the discussion on the benches of the court.

An Ugly Truth, all the shadows of Facebook

In the last five years Facebook has ended up in the spotlight because of hot controversies. Management of user data and privacy, fake news, hate speech and even the influence of Russia in the presidential election that saw the victory of Donald Trump and the "Facebook Papers" revealed by the "mole" Frances Haugen: these are just some of the hot topics addressed by "An Ugly Truth" and its TV version currently in the works.

Even in times of crisis, however, the platform has always risen under the leadership of Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of the company. What fuels reflection between the pages - and the frames of the series - is precisely the road that led the social network towards such an inevitable epilogue, underlining the aspect of natural evolution and not the sum of mistakes along the way.

With an in-depth analysis of the various aspects that have contributed to keeping Facebook on its toes and the two leading figures who hold the strings, the book and the TV series aim to unravel some of the questions that experts and non-experts have been asking in recent months, including the role of Zuckerberg and Sandberg within the issue. And there's plenty of material, so much so that the social network is leaning towards one of the most skilled lawyers in the industry to defend the image and weight that Facebook has behind it.

Facebook, fewer and fewer teenagers on social

As if that weren't enough, in addition to the legal issues Mark Zuckerberg must also address a further headache no less important: the flight of teenagers from social. To confirm this, the