Facebook hires Britney Spears’ lawyer to fight an upcoming TV show

Facebook hires Britney Spears’ lawyer to fight an upcoming TV show

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Facebook probably wishes it had a delete button for its timeline now that it’s threatening an upcoming TV show with a lawsuit for potentially tarnishing the brand’s reputation.

Doomsday Machine is the upcoming television adaption of An Ugly Truth, a book that exposes Facebook’s missteps on issues like misinformation, hate speech, user security. The drama will star Claire Foy as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and will tackle the chaos surrounding misinformation during the 2016 election, as well as more recent controversies like the XCheck program, which let celebrities and other high-profile figures bypass content moderation.

As the series begins to come together, Facebook is threatening producers Anonymous Content with a lawsuit — and it’s…

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