If you know one thing about HBO satire Silicon Valley it’s the stream of geeky tech references thrown into its packed opening credits. And the show has added a timely joke aimed at Facebook for its fifth season.
During the opening sequence, a digital billboard can be seen displaying the Facebook logo before the text momentarily changes to the suspiciously Russian-looking Cyrillic letters “ГДÇЭБФФЖ”. It can be seen as a brilliant dig at the social media’s complicity in the spreading of Russian propaganda.
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Facebook previously admitted that it recommended content produced by Russian operatives to some users.
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
Other new additions to the credits include Amazon drones carrying Whole Foods packages (Amazon bought the US supermarket chain in 2017) and a Coinbase tower (referencing the current cryptocurrency obsession). There’s also a very sneaky joke aimed at Snapchat in the credits, but you’ll have to strain to see it: the company’s logo can be seen to vanish from the top of a building, a swipe seemingly aimed at the unpopularity of the app.
Here’s a closer look at the transparent Snapchat logo drifting away in Silicon Valley’s new season 5 intro:
It‘s so subtle you almost certainly missed it @SiliconHB pic.twitter.com/fPvuUGST5o
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We’ll have to wait until next season to see what Cambridge Analytica nod they can squeeze in.