Season 5 of HBO's Silicon Valley premiered last night, and there was a quick Easter egg in the introductory credits for those who were paying attention. Take a look below to see it absolutely obvious in isolation.
During the initial credits of Silicon Valley, the Facebook logo changed from English to Russian. First burn of one of the best series on TV. pic.twitter.com/zvh9ZPd3td- Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 26, 2018
In light of all the recent Facebook scandals that occurred while Silicon Valley was off the air, program producers scoffed at the social network by changing the Facebook logo of their original alphabets to Cyrillic letters that spell ГДÇЭБФФЖ. It is a quick and subtle reference to the false accusations of news that Facebook has weathered and what we know about Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential elections in the United States.
However, it is important to note that this does not say "Facebook" in Russian. Readers have pointed out that the Cyrillic letters with which the Facebook logo is replaced have no meaning in Russian, which could be said to make it more fun. The C in the Cyrillic alphabet is actually the same as the English C, so the creators of Silicon Valley replaced it with an Ç, which is commonly found in French, Portuguese, Albanian and Turkish. The real transliteration of Facebook in Russian is Фейсбук.
The small Easter egg probably occurred last fall when the news cycle was full of accusations and reports about the Kremlin's propaganda on the Facebook platform. The timing of the Silicon Valley premiere in season 5 occurred when Facebook was again criticized, now for the Cambridge Analytica data leak, so maybe we'll see some references to the data scandal in season 6.