Everyone is lining up to take their shot at Facebook — and that’s including the HBO comedy, “Silicon Valley.”
The series returned on Sunday night with a new twist to its intro, with the Facebook logo briefly converting to Russian. Several eagle-eyed viewers spotted the diss — you can check it out below:
HBO’s Silicon Valley throwing some subtle shade Facebook’s way on the Season 5 premiere. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/JoDeOo7BBH
— Ryan McCaffrey (@DMC_Ryan) March 26, 2018
“Silicon Valley” appears to be taking a dig at Facebook’s PR fiasco, where Kremlin-linked trolls leveraged the social network to target voters during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially brushed the issue aside, saying it was “crazy” to think it played an important role in the road to the White House.
Zuckerberg’s tune changed, however, last fall, after Facebook told Congress more than 100 million users had been hit by Russian propaganda. The 33-year-old chief exec said he was “dead serious” about the issue, adding, “protecting our community is more important than maximizing profits.” In the aftermath, Facebook added content moderators and tools to check whether users had been following pages with Russian backers.
On a lighter note, if you wanted to read how much Richard, Dinesh, Jared and Gilfoyle will be spending on rent for Pied Piper 2.0 this season, check out our episode “fact check” here.