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The Social Dilemma (2020)

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Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.


Jeff Orlowski
362 ( 165)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tristan Harris ... Self - Google, Former Design Ethicist / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder
Jeff Seibert ... Self - Twitter, Former Executive / Serial Tech Entrepreneur
Bailey Richardson ... Self - Instagram, Early Team
Joe Toscano ... Self - Google, Former Experience Design Consultant / Author - Automating Humanity
Sandy Parakilas ... Self - Facebook, Former Operations Manager / Uber, Former Product Manager
Guillaume Chaslot ... Self - YouTube, Former Engineer / IntuitiveAI, CEO / AlgoTransparency, Founder
Lynn Fox ... Self - Apple, Former Director of Corporate PR / Google, Former Corporate Communications
Aza Raskin ... Self - Firefox & Mozilla Labs, Former Employee / Center for Humane Technology, Co-Founder / Inventor, Infinite Scroll
Alex Roetter ... Self - Twitter, Former Senior VP of Engineering
Tim Kendall ... Self - Facebook, Former Executive / Pinterest, Former President / Moment, CEO
Justin Rosenstein ... Self - Facebook, Former Engineer / Google, Former Engineer / Asana, Co-Founder
Randy Fernando ... Self - NVIDIA, Former Product Manager / Mindful Schools, Former Executive Director / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder (as Randima 'Randy' Fernando)
Jaron Lanier ... Self - Founding Father of Virtual Reality / Computer Scientist
Roger McNamee ... Self - Facebook, Early Investor / Venture Capitalist
Shoshana Zuboff ... Self - Harvard Business School, Professor Emeritus / Author, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (as Shoshana Zuboff Ph.D.)


Set in the dark underbelly of Silicon Valley, The Social Dilemma fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides-search engines, networks, instant information, etc.-are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we're hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to influence and manipulate us. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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The technology that connects us also controls us.


Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, disturbing/violent images and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Vincent Kartheiser, who features in the film-within-the-film, ironically has no connections with social networks in any shape or form. He and his wife Alexis Bledel eschew all the trappings of Hollywood in favor of a simple living lifestyle. See more »


Self - Facebook, Former Operations Manager: We've created a system that biases towards false information. Not because we want to, but because false information makes the companies more money than the truth. The truth is boring.
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Alternate Versions

After its Sundance premiere in January 2020, the documentary was updated to include a segment on the growing number of social media conspiracy theories related to COVID-19. See more »


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Good content but lousy dramatizations
12 September 2020 | by bernierdanSee all my reviews

A documentary should be just that. This doc lost credit with the ridiculous acting scenes. They cheapened the message. Please take note future documentarians! No more stupid dramatizations in documentaries!

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Release Date:

9 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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