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David Kirkpatrick Predicts Facebook’s Future

As Facebook grows in size and influence, one journalist predicts the company will face some serious regulatory challenges in the future. These timely questions will eventually affect writers of all stripes, from our personal pages to manufactured author pages.

Today’s installment of Media Beat features former Fortune journalist, and author David Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick discussed his new book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “Facebook is now approaching 500 million active users worldwide. In many countries, it’s even bigger as a social factor than it is in the United States–in Canada, the U.K., Turkey, a lot of countries. In a lot of those countries, government leaders–and this has happened already in Canada already–are increasingly focusing their attention on Facebook and asking, ‘What is its social role and how should it be overseen by us?’”

Part Two: David Kirkpatrick Advises 21st Century Journalists

Part Three: David Kirkpatrick Advises Journalists: ‘Write a Book, If You Possibly Can’

Media Beat is’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at

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