Season 5 of HBO’s Silicon Valley premiered last night, and there was a quick Easter egg in the intro credits for those who were paying attention. Take a look below to see it glaringly obvious in isolation.
In light of all the recent Facebook scandals that occurred while Silicon Valley was off the air, producers of the show poked fun at the social network by shifting Facebook’s logo from its original alphabets to Cyrillic letters that spell out ГДÇЭБФФЖ. It’s a quick and subtle reference to the fake news allegations that Facebook has weathered and what we know about Russia’s interference with the 2016 US presidential election.
It’s important to note, though, that this doesn’t actually say “Facebook” in Russian. Readers have pointed out that the Cyrillic letters the Facebook logo gets replaced with are actually nonsense in Russian, which arguably, makes it funnier. The C in the Cyrillic alphabet is actually the same as an English C, so the Silicon Valley creators subbed it out with a Ç, commonly found in French, Portuguese, Albanian, and Turkish. The actual transliteration of Facebook in Russian is Фейсбук.
The small Easter egg was probably produced last fall when the news cycle was thick with allegations and reports about Kremlin propaganda on Facebook’s platform. The timing of Silicon Valley’s season 5 premiere occurred when Facebook has come under fire again, now for the Cambridge Analytica data breach, so maybe we will see some references to the data scandal in season 6.