The technology that connects us

Also controls us

The dilemma

Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives.

The Mental Health Dilemma

A 5,000 person study found that higher social media use correlated with self-reported declines in mental and physical health and life satisfaction.

— American Journal of Epidemiology, 2017

The Democracy Dilemma

The # of countries with political disinformation campaigns on social media doubled in the past 2 years.

— New York Times, 2019

The Discrimination Dilemma

64% of the people who joined extremist groups on Facebook did so because the algorithms steered them there.

— Internal Facebook report, 2018

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Help change how technology is designed, regulated, and used.

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The Film

2 Primetime Emmy Awards

38M viewers in our first 4 weeks

Webby award winner

From the creators of Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral, The Social Dilemma blends documentary investigation and narrative drama to disrupt the disrupters, unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms.


In partnership with Newsweek and the Washington D.C. & Boston Urban Debate Leagues, we’re launching a new project to inspire students to debate how we should address Big Social’s business model. Join us for our launch event featuring a live debate between the D.C. and Boston leagues and be the first to access our free Classroom Debate Resource to host your own debate.


To expand educational access to the film and reach as many people as possible, Netflix has made the film available on YouTube through September 30th. Join us in taking advantage of this unique opportunity by spreading the word and sharing the film with someone who needs to see it.

Our mental health is not for sale

We have created a dedicated resource hub for the Mental Health Dilemma featuring new resources and bonus interviews from the film. Using these tools we invite you to host a conversation using The Social Dilemma to discuss the connection between the extractive nature of Big Social and our mental health.

host your own screening

Be part of our Virtual Tour and join the thousands of others who are hosting conversations about The Social Dilemma using our discussion guides and promotional tools.

take a social media reboot

That toxic feeling? It’s not by accident, it’s by design.
Take back control with our 7-day Social Media Reboot featuring tips to realign your relationship with technology from experts featured in the film.


Go behind the scenes with composer Mark Crawford and learn more about his collaboration with the award-winning vocalists Brandi Carlile and Elise Goldsberry for a special cover of I Put A Spell On You.

our start-up grant winners

The young people most impacted by exploitative technology can also be the ones to help re-engineer it. Meet the inspiring winners of our start-up grant, a competition organized in partnership with LookUp.Live.

our first impact report

We’ve been humbled by the response to the film and the impact we have achieved together. Check out highlights from The Social Dilemma’s first four months in our impact report.

“Perhaps the single most lucid, succinct, and profoundly terrifying analysis of social media ever created for mass consumption.”

— IndieWire

“so relevant and of-the-moment it’s practically already in the future”

— Hollywood Reporter

The Social Dilemma may finally convince you that we’re being watched, manipulated, and misled by unscrupulous platforms and attention-harvesting algorithms.”

–Vanity Fair