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Mark Zuckerberg humiliated by group of lawmakers, who accuse Facebook's CEO of spectacular leadership failure

A report by British lawmakers has taken direct aim at Mark Zuckerberg. The report accuses Facebook's CEO of "contempt" after he failed to show up to give evidence to a British parliamentary committee. The committee's chair, Damian Collins, said Zuckerberg fails to show the "leadership and personal responsibility" required of the CEO of a $464 billion company. Facebook did not directly respond to the barb against its CEO, but said its senior executives made a "significant contribution" to the c...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Trends, New York Times, Parliament, Damian Collins, Collins, Committee, Zuckerberg, DCMS, Cambridge Analytica, DCMSC, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee DCMSC, International Grand Committee


Facebook accused of acting like 'digital gangsters' in a devastating report by lawmakers

Facebook deliberately flouted competition and privacy laws, behaving like "digital gangsters," according to a damning report by lawmakers. British politicians concluded an 18-month investigation into disinformation, and said democracy was "at risk" from foreign countries trying to influence UK elections through social media ads. Lawmakers called for an independent regulator to make sure tech firms like Facebook take down illegal content. They also accused Facebook of blocking their investigati...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Russia, US, Trends, Parliament, Collins, Committee, Brexit, Zuckerberg, Jeremy Wright, Cambridge Analytica, Conservative MP Damian Collins Facebook, Karim Palant


UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an evidence session to the committee late last ...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Russia, US, Social Media, Business Model, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, United States


Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg 'fails' - UK MPs

The UK government publishes its report into fake news with some strong criticism of Facebook.
Tags: Facebook, UK, News, Zuckerberg


Two words in Facebook's latest regulatory filing shows how worried the company is about what it's doing to people (FB)

Facebook's latest quarterly report with the SEC contains a little-noticed update to its risk factors. For the first time ever, Facebook acknowledges that concerns about users' well-being could hurt its business. It's a striking change from the company's altruistic boasts of the past.  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has talked a lot about making sure that users' time on his social network is "time well spent." After a year of headlines blasting Facebook for negatively affecting everything from m...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York City, Trends, Netflix, SEC, Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg


Facebook's internal security goons track ex-employees and critics using Facebook's apps

If you're a disgruntled ex-Facebooker or someone who "made threatening statements" against the company, there's a chance its internal security force is tracking your location and activities, using Facebook's apps and other tracking tools. Given the scale of Facebook and the number of people the company has infuriated, this watchlist could be very big indeed -- as CNBC points out, if the company tracks 0.1% of its users this way, it's keeping tabs on 270,000 people. At least one of the comp...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Privacy, Surveillance, Cnbc, Zuckerberg, Lauren Beukes, Salvador Rodriguez, Blacklists, if you've got a blacklist I wanna be on it, DeleteFacebook, Nixonian Social Media, Mark Fuck Facebook, Anders Frick


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


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 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...
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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 urged to offer an API for political ad transparency research

Facebook has been called upon to provide good faith researchers with an API to enable them to study how political ads are spreading and being amplified on its platform. A coalition of European academics, technologists and human and digital rights groups, led by Mozilla, has signed an open letter to the company demanding far greater transparency about how Facebook’s platform distributes and amplifies political ads ahead of elections to the European parliament which will take place in May. W...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, Transparency, UK, Advertising Tech, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Ireland, Nick Clegg, United Kingdom, Mozilla, Commission, European Commission


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


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


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


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


Sheryl Sandberg opens up about Zuckerberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks candidly about her close relationship with Mark Zuckerberg and the controversy over her role in the company's struggle with misinformation.
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, News, Stories, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Facebook COO


German antitrust office limits Facebook’s data-gathering

A lengthy antitrust probe into how Facebook gathers data on users has resulted in Germany’s competition watchdog banning the social network giant from combining data on users across its own suite of social platforms without their consent. The investigation of Facebook data-gathering practices began in March 2016. The decision by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, , also prohibits Facebook from gathering data on users from third party websites — such as via tracking pixels and social plug-ins —...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Germany, US, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Eu, European Union, Bbc, Snapchat


Zuckerberg's Take on Facebook's History Raises Eyebrows

Musing about Facebook's first 15 years, CEO Mark Zuckerberg positioned it as a David confronting a Goliath composed of hierarchical institutions. Facebook gives the masses a voice, he wrote. It brings communities together and provides businesses with low-cost outreach. Progress has been made in addressing the new social and ethical issues raised, including protection of privacy, according to Zuckerberg. The amount Facebook will spend on safety and security this year will surpass its entire r...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Mark Zuckerberg, David, Zuckerberg


Facebook is going to start awarding bonuses to employees who help the firm achieve 'social good'

Facebook will start handing out employee bonuses if they help the firm achieve "social good." Previously, employees' contribution to company performance was scored on more measurable criteria, such as user growth. In Facebook's fourth-quarter earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg laid more of an emphasis on fixing pressing social issues than in previous years. Facebook is coming up with ways of cleaning up its platform following months of scandal — and one new initiative will see it offer bonuses to...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Mike Schroepfer, Business Insider On Facebook


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Apple's retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, is leaving. In a surprise change, she'll be replaced by Deirdre O'Brien, who also heads up human resources. Ahrendts has worked at Apple for five years. Snap's stock jumps 17% after its Q4 beats Wall Street's expectations. Snap posted revenue of $389.8 million, while analysts were looking for $377.48 million. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Snap had sales of $285.69 million. Mark Zuckerber...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Microsoft, China, Russia, Barack Obama, Trends, Susan Wojcicki, Donald Trump, Alexa, Zuckerberg, Trump, Angela Ahrendts, Amazon Alexa


Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Spend More Than $3.7 Billion on Safety, Security in 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Monday to spend more than $3.7 billion on safety and security on the company’s platform this year. Zuckerberg made the commitment in a post to his Facebook profile that celebrated the company’s 15 year anniversary. In the post, Zuckerberg wrote: “This year we plan to spend more on safety and […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Zuckerberg


Facebook Messenger Now Lets You Delete Texts

Facebook has finally added the ability for Messenger users to delete messages in a chat — something the social media giant had already selectively done for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s old texts. Last year, TechCrunch reported that some of Zuckerberg’s older Messenger texts had quietly vanished from the recipients’ inboxes. In a statement, Facebook cited the […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Facebook Messenger, Zuckerberg, Facebook Messenger Now


Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for up to 10 minutes

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook Messenger globally rolls out “Remove for everyone” to help you pull back typos, poor choices, embarrassing thoughts, or any other message. For up to 10 minutes after sending a Facebook Message, the sender can tap on it and they’ll find the delete button has been replaced by “Remove for you”, but...
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Facebook now lets everyone unsend messages for 10 minutes

Facebook has finally made good on its promise to let users unsend chats after TechCrunch discovered Mark Zuckerberg had secretly retracted some of his Facebook Messages from recipients. Today Facebook Messenger globally rolls out “Remove for everyone” to help you pull back typos, poor choices, embarrassing thoughts, or any other message. For up to 10 minutes after sending a Facebook Message, the sender can tap on it and they’ll find the delete button has been replaced by “Remove for you”, but...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Policy, Facebook Messenger, Sony Pictures, Facebook Messages, Zuckerberg, Mark, Facebook Message, Facebook unsend


Mark Zuckerberg's former mentor: Facebook's 'surveillance capitalism' business model is toxic for democracy (FB)

Roger McNamee was once one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's closest advisers. He told Business Insider why he thinks Facebook's "surveillance capitalism" business model is toxic for democracy. McNamee said it is down to Zuckerberg to transform the way Facebook makes money or risk "threatening the very foundations of global order." Zuckerberg doesn't seem inclined to agree. He published a defiant blog on Monday, which said people are overly focusing on the "negative" aspects of the social netw...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Myanmar, British Airways, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Mark, McNamee, Sandberg, Sheryl, Roger McNamee


Famed investor Roger McNamee once advised Facebook. Now he’s certain it’s destroying our democracy

A year ago, renowned investor Roger McNamee had much of Silicon Valley baffled. McNamee had made his name as a tech investor in the ’80s and ’90s before cofounding the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, then cofounding the venture capital firm Elevation Partners with singer Bono. A musician himself, McNamee had taken to spending more and more time playing with his band, Moonalice, and performing in other gigs across the country. Yet suddenly, he was seemingly on every media outlet a...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Bono, Washington, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, McNamee, Moonalice, Silver Lake Partners, Elevation Partners, Roger McNamee, Zucked


Mark Zuckerberg stoked anger by trying to deflect Facebook's problems on 'the internet'

Mark Zuckerberg posted a blog on Monday celebrating Facebook's 15th anniversary. Critics have honed in on an element of Zuckerberg's rhetoric which they argue misleadingly conflates Facebook with the internet. Zuckerberg also seemed to juxtapose social networks with institutions like government, but the two are far from mutually exclusive. Mark Zuckerberg has angered commentators by seemingly conflating Facebook with the internet at large. In a post marking Facebook's 15th birthday, Zuckerber...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Harvard, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, Jones, Zuckerberg, Buddhist, Alex Hern, Rhett Jones, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Western Myanmar, Vaidhyanathan


Dear Mr Zuckerberg: the problem isn't the internet, it's Facebook | Siva Vaidhyanathan

‘Driven by a set of ideals and some clever code, you built a money machine that has accumulated remarkable influence’Dear Mr Zuckerberg:I read with great interest your post Monday on Facebook celebrating 15 years of helping people connect with others through a series of frames on a blue background.Let me add my name to the list of those who are impressed with what you have built. Driven by a set of ideals and some clever code, you steadily built a money machine that has also accumulated remarkab...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US news, Zuckerberg, Siva Vaidhyanathan


From dorm to world dominance: Facebook, now 15, feels all that teenage angst

By Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Facebook, trudging through its awkward teenage years, turned 15 on Monday. Launched in 2004 as “TheFacebook,” the service was originally intended only for Harvard students. It’s now a global business that connects some 2.3 billion users. It was born in an era of desktop computers, years before the iPhone, and ran no ads. At the time it was impossible to imagine that someday countries like Russia and Iran would try to use it for sophisticated information o...
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