CNBC Announces Documentary About Facebook

If you have watched Catfish and The Social Network and your appetite for films about Facebook is still not satisifed, you are in luck. The social networking site is now the subject of an upcoming documentary on CNBC.

The network will premiere an original documentary, called The Facebook Obsession, in January.

The Facebook Obsession features correspondent Lester Holt, the weekend anchor of NBC’s Today and Nightly News. CNBC promises the doco will tell the real story behind the rise of Facebook, through interviews with the company’s founders, friends and foes. A strong theme of the film is how the site is affecting American society, from a girl who is reunited with her birth mother with the help of Facebook and a woman who lost her job because of her online postings, to the fact that even the White House and many police departments have their own Facebook pages.

Holt will also investigate what kind of user data Facebook sells to advertisers, and explore the foundation of the business model and the controversy over privacy concerns.

The Facebook Obsession will premiere on Thursday January 6, 2011 at 9pm Eastern time. It will repeat that same evening at 10pm, midnight and 1pm and also air on January 7 at 8pm, January 8 at 7pm and January 9 at 10pm.

It sounds like an interesting documentary made with access to the right people. I, for one, would like to see it and I’m sure many of Facebook’s 500 million users around the world would be interested in watching as well. While Facebook has been around for several years, the timing feels just right for an in-depth exploration by mainstream media.

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