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Facebook moderators say harsh new rules are eroding their 'sense of humanity' (FB)

Some of Facebook's content moderators are in revolt over new 'Big Brother'-style rules. In an open letter to Facebook employees, moderators from Austin, Texas complained about draconian working conditions that are eroding trust in the company. The letter highlights the gulf in working conditions between Facebook's well-compensated, full-time employees and its legions of contractor content moderators. Workers are unable to use their phones, leave the property during breaks, have visitors, or ta...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Austin, Netflix, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Accenture, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Austin Texas, Zuck, NDA, CM


Facebook moderators are in revolt over 'inhumane' working conditions that they say erodes their 'sense of humanity' (FB)

Some of Facebook's content moderators are in revolt over 'Big Brother'-style rules. In an open letter to Facebook employees, moderators from Austin, Texas complained about draconian working conditions that are eroding trust in the company. The letter highlights the gulf in working conditions between Facebook's well-compensated, full-time employees and its legions of contractor content moderators. Workers are unable to use their phones, leave the property during breaks, have visitors, or talk t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Austin, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Accenture, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Austin Texas, Zuck, NDA, CM, John Devine


Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content

Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform. The move comes after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sent an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, expressing concerns about anti-vaccination content on the social media platform.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Cnn, House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff


8 tech execs who were ousted from companies they helped to build (AAPL, TSLA, GRPN)

Just because you founded a high-flying tech company doesn't mean you can't be asked to leave. Steve Jobs himself was once ousted by Apple (or left voluntarily, depending on who you believe), and spent years running his own company before coming back into the fold as CEO.  More recently, Uber founder Travis Kalanick was ousted as CEO, following a year of scandals for the company.   Here are 8 tech executives who were once ousted from the companies they helped to build.  Just because you founde...
Tags: Apple, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Dick Costolo, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, Trends, Williams, Travis Kalanick, Kalanick, Ev Williams, Dorsey, Aapl, Susan Fowler, Martin Eberhard


Keep Your Head Down? Why Congress’s Youngest Members Aren’t Falling For This Sexist Trope

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been called everything from a “little girl ” and “liberal darling ” to someone who “comes across like she is 16 years old.” She’s been accused of making her voice sound younger, of seeming “to lack even a modest helping of guile,” and not looking “like a girl who struggles.” Male columnists have been eager to offer unsolicited advice, telling her to slow down and “get some authority before she tries to use it.” The Wall Street Journal recently reduced ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Fashion, Music, Congress, Mexico, Senate, America, House, Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Npr, Nancy Pelosi, New Mexico, Rolling Stone, Illinois


Facebook is thinking about removing anti-vaccination content as backlash intensifies over the spread of misinformation on the social network

Facebook said in a statement Thursday that it may remove, reduce, and demote anti-vaccination content on the platform in an effort to combat the spread of false information. As an outbreak of measles spreads across the US, advertisements promoted by anti-vaccination organization have been targeting pregnant women on Facebook. At the same time, posts are frequently shared within various Facebook Groups discouraging people from vaccinating their children. Facebook said it is "thinking through wh...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Bloomberg, World Health Organization, Facebook Groups, Sundar Pichai, Business Insider, Adam Schiff, Schiff


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Considered Paying Billions for Unity (Report)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once considered purchasing the popular game engine Unity, according to “The History of The Future,” a new book by “Console Wars” author Blake Harris which explores the making of Oculus and the dramatic events surrounding its acquisition by Facebook. The proposed deal, code-named “One”, is detailed in a multi-page email from […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, Unity, Blake J. Harris


Facebook and FTC negotiating multi-BILLION dollar fine over privacy violations

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is negotiating with Facebook over a multi-billion dollar fine to settle the FTC investigation into Facebook's privacy- and security-violating practices, two sources familiar with the probe told the Washington Post. One of the Post's sources says Facebook has been expressing concern with the FTC’s demands, and it's possible the matter will end up in the courts. SCOOP: The FTC is actively negotiating w/Facebook and could force it to pay a multi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, News, Washington Post, Bill Gates, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Kara Swisher, Picks, Cambridge Analytica, Tony Romm, United States Federal Trade Commission FTC, CambridgeAnalytica, KkEregTsha Tony Romm


Facebook Says It May Remove Anti-Vaccine Recommendations

Information discouraging people from getting vaccines for their children, which has gone viral on Facebook, especially in its Groups product, may have contributed to an increase in outbreaks of measles. The crisis drew attention on Thursday from Representative Adam Schiff, who sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Sundar Pichai, asking them to address the problem.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Sundar Pichai, Adam Schiff


Facebook, Facing Lawmaker Questions, Says It May Remove Anti-Vaccine Recommendations

Information discouraging people from getting vaccines for their children, which has gone viral on Facebook, especially in its Groups product, may have contributed to an increase in outbreaks of measles. The crisis drew attention on Thursday from Representative Adam Schiff, who sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Google boss Sundar Pichai, asking them to address the problem.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Sundar Pichai, Adam Schiff


Daily Crunch: Facebook (possibly) considered buying Unity

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was considering another multi-billion-dollar bet by buying Unity, the...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, China, Germany, Tech, Tesla, Alibaba, Nintendo, Oculus, Qualcomm, Unity-technologies


Mark Zuckerberg sent a 2,500-word email in 2015 laying out his big plan for Facebook to dominate virtual-reality

A new book about Facebook's acquisition of virtual-reality firm Oculus has revealed an almost 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg from 2015 detailing his grand vision for AR/VR. Zuckerberg's email was about Facebook's potential acquisition of gaming startup Unity — a deal which never came off. In the email, he says that Facebook's biggest weakness is "innovation." A new book contains a nearly 2,500-word email from Mark Zuckerberg in which he lays out his grand plans to dominate virtual-real...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Netflix, Oculus, Brendan Iribe, Lucas Matney, Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, HARRIS, Unity, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, VR Zuckerberg


Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims

Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was considering another multi-billion-dollar bet to ensure that his company dominated the VR platform, buying Unity, the popular game engine that’s used to build half of all gaming titles. This claim is made in a new book coming out next week, “The History of the Future,” by Blake Harris, which digs deep into the founding story of Oculus and the...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Unity-technologies, Palmer Luckey, Zuckerberg, Blake Harris, HARRIS, Unity, John Riccitiello, VR Facebook


Facebook's Most Intriguing New Hires Aren't in Silicon Valley—They're in Washington

Facebook’s home turf is in Silicon Valley, but the company’s most important future battles are largely shaping up 3,000 miles away in Washington, D.C. To win, the social media giant is on a hiring spree focused on the nation’s capital.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, Washington, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Dc, Cheryl Sandberg, Dc Is Beautiful This Time Of Year


United States: This Message Will Self-Destruct. Or Will It? - Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

2018 was the year of data privacy. In April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress to answer difficult questions about Facebook's protections for its user data.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, United States, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP


Jim Steyer runs the powerful nonprofit Common Sense Media; now he’s using his influence to battle big tech

California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier today proposed a so-called digital dividend that would let consumers share in the profits generated by California-based tech companies that have been “collecting, curating and monetizing” their users’ personal data. Newsom added that he has asked his administration to develop a proposal for a “new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that data has value, and it belongs to you.” It’s an idea that tech companies will surely argue against if ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Media, California, Youtube, Stanford, Politico, Disney, Alabama, San Francisco, Tech, Gop


The implications of Facebook’s messaging app integration

PRWeek recently published this article by our Strategy Director, Caroline Lucas-Garner looking at the criticism surrounding Facebook’s plans to integrate its three messaging platforms – Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp; and what the move could mean for users and brands. They’ve been kind enough to let us reproduce it below. Last month’s NYTimes article on the planned integration of Facebook’s three key messaging services created a flurry of interest, from trade and mainstream press. Facebook’s ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Social Media, Seo, Data, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Messaging Apps, Thought Leadership, WhatsApp Facebook, Instagram Messenger, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Caroline Lucas Garner, Groups on Messenger


Apple fails to block porn & gambling “Enterprise” apps

Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps. A TechCrunch investigation uncovered a dozen hardcore pornography apps and a dozen real-money gambling apps that escaped Apple’s oversight. The developers passed Apple’s weak Enterprise Certificate screening process or piggybacked on a legitimate approval, allowing them to sidestep the App Store and Cupertino’s traditional safeguards design...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Gaming, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Wtf, Cook, Developer, Entertainment, China, Gambling, US, Fresno


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos says the company is like "Game of Thrones" at the highest levels of leadership. In an interview with CNN, the outspoken security pro said it could be difficult for Facebook execs to admit when they were wrong. Saudi Arabia denies role in leaking Jeff Bezos' messages to National Enquirer, The Guardian reports. "This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it," said Ade...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Cnn, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Hulu, Donald Trump, Alexa, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg


Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition might not have happened if it wasn't for Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast (FB)

Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have happened if it wasn't for CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheepdog, Beast.  In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg said, "My dog Beast, I think, is actually the secret weapon here."  According to Zuckerberg, negotiations were tense but when Beast hopped onto WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum's lap "a second later Jan goes like, 'Okay, I think we’re good.'"  Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 might not have ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Cnn, Wall Street Journal, Sheryl Sandberg, Jan Koum, Zuckerberg, Max, Forbes, Acton, Jan, Laurie Segall, Cambridge Analytica, Brian Acton, Koums


Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos says the company is like 'Game of Thrones' at the highest levels of leadership (FB)

Former Facebook exec Alex Stamos says the leadership culture at the company is like "Game of Thrones." In an interview with CNN, the outspoken security pro said it could be difficult for Facebook execs to admit when they were wrong. Stamos reportedly clashed with others on the leadership team, including COO Sheryl Sandberg, while at the Silicon Valley firm. n former Facebook exec has likened the culture in the senior ranks of the company to "Game of Thrones." Speaking to CNN's Laurie Segall i...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hbo, Trends, Cnn, Netflix, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Signal, Stanford University, Sheryl Sandberg, Mark, Yahoo Finance, Stamos, Alex Stamos, Sheryl


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being fined a dime. The FCO’s decision instead bans the social network from linking user data across different platforms it owns, unles...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Facebook Messenger, Commission, European Commission, EC, Margrethe Vestager, Zuckerberg, Fco, BBC Radio


CEOs and execs might flock to 'digital detoxes' to break free of their phones, but those detoxes are usually missing the point

"Digital decluttering" means taking a break from technology in order to re-evaluate your tech habits and make permanent changes. That's according to Cal Newport, author of "Digital Minimalism." Newport says "digital detoxes" aren't as effective because you simply go cold turkey on tech and jump right back in. By now it's almost cliché to proclaim that you're "addicted" to your smartphone and need a break. But if you're thinking about embarking on a "digital detox," think again. "Digital detox...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Digital, Trends, Cnn, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Cal Newport, Newport, Marie Kondo, Georgetown University, Digital Minimalism Newport, Jeanne Sahadi


Facebook quietly reshuffles its top sales execs (FB)

Facebook is shaking up its sales execs. Dan Levy, the former head of small business, has become the vice president of product on ads. Carolyn Everson, a Facebook sales exec, has taken on more responsibility and is now overseeing the high-value managed small and medium business accounts. Small businesses are a crucial part of Facebook's business and were highlighted by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a key focus for 2019. Facebook has reshuffled some of its top sales executives. The Silicon Valley tech...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Linkedin, Silicon Valley, Signal, Product Management, American Airlines, Facebook Instagram, Carolyn, Dan Levy, SMB, Everson, Carolyn Everson, Rich Rao


Facebook’s external content review board: How it will be formed and what will it do

In November 2018, Facebook had announced that it would form a new external oversight board in 2019 to handle some of its content policy decisions. The board was meant to make decisions on how to handle misinformation, hate speech, harassment, and other problematic content circulating on Facebook.... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Internet, Social Media, Content, Misinformation, Content Moderation, Fake News


Why Germany wants to block Facebook’s Messenger-Instagram-WhatsApp merger

Facebook made a splash recently when CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to integrate its messaging platforms on Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp were revealed last month. In the two weeks following the reveal, so much has happened – culminating in a legal opposition to the move from Germany – that it made sense to summarize the play of events so far. Decision in Facebook-Case: #Bundeskartellamt prohibits #Facebook from merging user data from different sources. PR: https://t.co/dh2HgUnTOu pic.twitter....
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Germany, World, New York Times, Zuckerberg, Mike Isaac, Instagram Messenger, Facebook 's Messenger Instagram WhatsApp


‘No thank you, Mr. Pecker’: Bezos accuses Enquirer owner of extortion over revealing pics

Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has accused the National Enquirer and its owner David Pecker of extortion and blackmail. The magazine published an expose of Bezos’ alleged relationship with TV personality Lauren Sanchez, and Bezos has hired investigators to find out if the story was politically motivated. He owns the Washington Post, which has written critical stories about President Donald Trump, who counts Pecker as a close ally. On Thursday, Bezos in a post titled “No thank...
Tags: Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg, Washington Post, Sport, Soccer, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, WSJ, Bezos, Amazon com Inc, AMI, Enquirer, American Media Inc, David Pecker, Pecker


Inside Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg's partnership

Before Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress last year, he and his team prepared by holding mock hearings inside a Facebook conference room set up to look like a congressional room.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, Stories, Sheryl Sandberg


Inside the partnership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg

Before Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress last year, he and his team prepared by holding mock hearings inside a Facebook conference room set up to look like a congressional room.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, Stories, Sheryl Sandberg


Inside Zuckerberg and Sandberg's partnership

Before Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress last year, he and his team prepared by holding mock hearings inside a Facebook conference room set up to look like a congressional room.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, Stories, Zuckerberg, Sandberg