“Silicon Valley’s” opening credits have always been a goldmine for social media commentary, but Mike Judge and his co-creators saved the best critique for Season 5. The HBO comedy used its new opening credits to grill Facebook for allowing Russian interference during the 2016 Presidential election. The Season 5 credits change the Facebook logo to a series of Russian Cyrillic letters.
Facebook admitted earlier this year that its algorithm recommended Russian propaganda “in some cases” to certain users during the election. The company originally said 10 million people saw Russian-bought political ads on their website, but the number was later raised to 126 million.
The Facebook dig isn’t the only update to the “Silicon Valley” opening credits. CNBC broke down all of the changes to the opening credits, which now include self-driving Tesla trucks, Amazon drones delivers Whole Foods, and Uber employees leaving the company and joining Lyft.
“Silicon Valley” Season 5 airs Sunday nights at 10pm ET on HBO.
During the Silicon Valley opening credits, the Facebook logo flipped from English to Russian. First-rate burn by one of the best series on TV. pic.twitter.com/zvh9ZPd3td
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 26, 2018