The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.


The world has long recognized the positive applications of social media, from its role in empowering protesters to speak out against oppression during the Arab Spring uprisings almost a decade ago, to serving an instrumental role in fighting for equity and justice today. And in 2020, during an astonishing global pandemic, social media has become our lifeline to stay in touch with loved ones, as well as proving to be an asset for mobilizing civil rights protests. However, the system that connects us also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity.

The Social Dilemma is a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives. The film deftly tackles an underlying cause of our viral conspiracy theories, teenage mental health issues, rampant misinformation and political polarization, and makes these issues visceral, understandable, and urgent. Through a unique combination of documentary investigation and entertaining narrative drama, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral) and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Coral) have once again exposed the invisible in a manner that is both enlightening and harrowing as they disrupt the disrupters by unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms.

The film features compelling interviews with high-profile tech whistleblowers and innovation leaders including Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology; the co-inventor of the Facebook “Like” button, Justin Rosenstein; Tim Kendall, former President of Pinterest and former Director of Monetization at Facebook; Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction; Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy at the AI Now Institute, and many others. Demonstrating how social media affects consumers on a personal level, these fascinating insider insights are seamlessly woven into a captivating narrative, including Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), that illuminates the very real consequences these seemingly innocent technologies can have on our everyday lives.


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The Social Dilemma | Official Trailer | Netflix


  1. Badman on September 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm


  2. Cc on September 6, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Are people stupid? I believe nothing I read on Facebook?

  3. Law Lawson on September 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    This looks so biased. Pure one sided crap.

  4. Praetorian Prefect on September 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Like when this video is recommended?

  5. Vaisakh PS on September 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    No netflix i aint getting a subscription after watching this

  6. What’s Next Christine? on September 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Anyone else google "climate change is" into google?

  7. Bishwash Bhatta on September 6, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    That means they know what kind of porn we watch😅

  8. Anantha Krishnan on September 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm


  9. Arindam on September 6, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    no wonder this documentary is going to be merely another instance of reverse psychology technique, nothing more

  10. Sterling Lowery on September 6, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    If a person doesn’t program themselves, then they will be programmed.

  11. Merita M on September 6, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Anyone else still confused by pizzagate?

  12. PULLUP J on September 6, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Umm I knew that lol

  13. Kenneth Perdue on September 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm


  14. Vipul Sharma on September 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    This is like the real life version of Steve Cutts " Mobile World ".

  15. DA Future Panther on September 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Then why don’t you just throw it away, we didn’t ask for it, it’s just apps we can’t let go, create stuff for us to not be on the internet so much, all I do is write songs when I’m away off my phone just saying.

  16. Jorge Alfredo Domínguez Antonio on September 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Well it’s not that serious
    you are being "watched" from a computer though , not by a human which makes it inoffensive in my opinion 😂

  17. Dukecitiplaya _ on September 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    every time i jack off someone knows it

  18. Joseph Obasun on September 6, 2020 at 2:17 pm


  19. Miller Four on September 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    1:28, 420% of statistics are made up

  20. Cc on September 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Even porn lol?

  21. ProjectDisclosure on September 6, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Smart how they used Biggies "Kick in the door" sample. Kind of fitting.

  22. Moto on September 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm


  23. Mahim ! on September 6, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    This is checkmate on humanity!

  24. Moto on September 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I’m scared when this would not show up as an recommendation on purpose…

  25. Serene Pursuit - Relaxing Music on September 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    did this person consider facebook is not effective everywhere

  26. Yuki 悲しい on September 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    we are aware of this problem, yet we are still using them.

  27. Makoto Shinkai on September 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    This seems a bit over dramatic but what percentage of it is the truth?

  28. earth flower on September 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    when you know reality is more worse than this

  29. bishal gurung on September 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.

  30. DinoMight Studios on September 6, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    We can try and push for “The Fall of Social Media”, however if we just get rid of it, how do we replicate some of the great things social media has brought us into the real world? How also do you cure loneliness for those who felt lonely in the real world so they went to social media and now no longer feels lonely. If there was a vote, why would they vote yes to end social media? Same for small businesses and creatives and such. We can’t abruptly end something, we have to offer something better on the other side if we want everyone to come back to reality.

  31. Juan Carlos pacsi on September 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Stop your original crap. Buy good movies and tv shows for us.

  32. Krampus Lives! on September 6, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    As if our lives were SOO exciting to justify someone recording/watching US.

    I wonder what DATA theyre cataloguing of me making my poop every morning 🙄

  33. S MOHAMMAD ASIF on September 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    The "social media" is not what the name says it is.

  34. glodoosie on September 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Ironic that netflix is doing this- wonder who got paid off

  35. Mo Abdi on September 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    This should scare the masses and wake them up! This has been in plain sight for so long now a Netflix documentary will open the eyes to the majority. Kinda ironic how this proves that only cause it’s on Netflix it’s got the masses attention 🤦🏾‍♂️

  36. Jay on September 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm


  37. Cheese on September 6, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Been saying social media is ruining our youth. Likes and thumbs up are how girls boost their confidence. Boys won’t look at girls as girls , but more as objects. You no longer have to go speak face to face and you can be whoever you want to be. Adults talk about what they made for dinner. Have photos of the family. Secretly someone is hitting on your significant other. And hopefully they make the right choice. People can talk crap without worry of consequences. The politics have ruined friendships. I deleted mine 4 yrs ago. I’m not goin back .

  38. Mααrʈεn M on September 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Surprises me that Netflix would release such an anti social media documentary

  39. Trisha Kashyap on September 6, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    My sister has to watch this. She’s addicted to TikTok and refuses to even understand why that and other social media platforms may be dangerous. I’m definitely watching this.

  40. Atypically3D on September 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    That slick pizza gate propoganda lol. Gotta make sure that shit stays laughable 😭😢😔.

  41. Ezelldeann Elobaidey on September 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Am using social media to read about my interests…
    Soccer music news…
    Not to see what my friends are doing or what others doing
    Actually i stopped people’s posts on my feed and i told that to my friends and family
    It’s an entertainment tool not a real world…
    Social media a great tool for me
    It’s a modern TV channels or something.
    That’s how i see it.

  42. h8 on September 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm


  43. x x on September 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Liberal tech company releases liberal documentary about how liberal tech companies are trying to silence liberals, featuring liberals in talking heads. Got it.

  44. horny puppy on September 6, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    This is why Im on 9gag.

  45. Leotique on September 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I am the people

  46. Complex Gamer on September 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Leaving social media to me felt like leaving a toxic relationship 😔

  47. RedEye on September 6, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I mean, its pretty obvious. If I look something up on AMAZON I suddenly get ads to similar or the same product on FACEBOOK. Its all connected.

  48. LeaksSoReal on September 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    I deleted Fb Instagram and Twitter mainly to improve my mental health and so far its been helping ngl

  49. Ranjit Kumar Parvathaneni on September 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Ironically, it’s coming on Netflix

  50. Richard Hogg on September 6, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    They make it sound like this is new information…People are dumb why do you think antifa and BLM are full of uneducated losers.

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