As of Thursday morning, following a day in which a mob of the president’s supporters violently invaded the US Capitol, the president’s Twitter account was temporarily frozen; YouTube had taken down his latest video; and, most remarkably, Mark Zuckerberg had announced that Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely.
After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.
On Wednesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey will appear remotely at a hearing titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The law, part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, gives interactive computer services broad legal immunity for content posted by users.
In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.
And I’d suggest that steal-the-round strategizing has been crucial, too, for titans like Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai to be judged by the public as victorious, or at least deserving of their enormous power, in the face of angry critics demanding they be taken down.
Another Facebook exec, Ryan Freitas, director of News Feed product design, wrote, “Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind.” One engineer, Lauren Tan, tweeted, “Facebook’s inaction in taking down Trump’s post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here.”.
No, it’s not the casting call for a wonky sequel to Knives Out. These are a few of the newly announced members of the Facebook Oversight Board , the independent body that the social networking behemoth has launched to reconsider some of its most important content decisions.
Facebook would transform itself from a college student hangout to the dominant social media service, with a population bigger than that of any country in the world, and was on its way to having more members than any religion.To understand Facebook, you have to understand Zuckerberg.
In the early days of Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg was always scrawling away in a notebook.But a new book by WIRED's Steven Levy describes more than a dozen pages Levy obtained from that very notebook.A new report shows that antechinus is ill-prepared for a warming world .
After nearly two years, Facebook is almost done setting up its Oversight Board, an independent panel with the power to override Facebook’s most contentious decisions on controversial content.
As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.
But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring Mark Zuckerberg at the House Financial Services Committee is mostly about Libra.What to Watch For. Zuckerberg’s defense starts with the company line on Libra so far, pitching the digital token as a tool for financial inclusion.
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The FTC Takes On Mark Zuckerberg, Rutger Hauer Dies, and More News. The FTC took a shot at Mark Zuckerberg, actor Rutger Hauer died, and the comforts of in-game drudgery.
“We exist in a society where people value and cherish free expression, and the ability to say things including satire,” Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. It wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience.
Facebook's annual F8 developer conference kicks off Tuesday, following three straight years of near constant crisis for the social networking giant. While the biggest news will come during Zuckerberg's keynote on Tuesday, videos of all the F8 sessions will be available on demand on the Facebook for Developers website.
Facebook’s Head of Product Leaves After Privacy Pivot Chris Cox announced his resignation one week after Mark Zuckerberg published his privacy manifesto. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about privacy that offered up a new direction for the company, one based on encrypted messaging and the interoperability of all of the messaging platforms that Cox oversees.
"I just wish we could have created it without some of the business model characteristics that are causing the harm." Nicola Gell/Getty Images Longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee met Mark Zuckerberg in 2006, when the Facebook CEO was just 22 and his two-year-old company still only catered to university students.
9 Questions for Facebook After Zuckerberg’s Privacy Manifesto Christophe Morin/Getty Images Yesterday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg presented an entirely new philosophy. Facebook does have nascent efforts in commerce and cryptocurrency, but there’s no question that figuring out revenue on the new platform will be a hard problem for Dave Wehner, Facebook’s chief financial officer.
The rhetorical tennis match left precious little time for committee members to explore in any detail the urgent questions around Google's interest in building a censored search engine for China, the company's bulk data collection practices, its recent security breaches, or issues related to competition and antitrust regulation.Like earlier House hearings with tech leaders, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the day proved heavy on theatrics and light on substance—complete with audience appearances by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Roger Stone, the conservative provocateur who now finds himself at the center of the Russia probe.The hearing was more than a missed opportunity for both lawmakers and members of the public.
Facebook's UK Document Dump Suggests User Privacy Was Sacrificed for GrowthJack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn an unprecedented move Wednesday, British lawmakers published hundreds of pages of internal Facebook emails and other documents that previously had been ordered sealed as part of an ongoing legal case between and a now-defunct app developer called Six4Three.The documents, which date back to 2012, provide a rare window into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's thoughts on how to expand his social media juggernaut as users made the transition from desktop to mobile phones.
While Facebook’s head of global policy Monika Bickert spoke, protesters from a group called Freedom From Facebook, seated just behind her, held signs depicting Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s heads atop an octopus whose tentacles reached around the planet.Freedom From Facebook has garnered renewed attention this week, after The New York Times revealed that Facebook employed an opposition firm called Definers to fight the group.
Facebook Moves to Limit Toxic Content as Scandal SwirlsTOM BRENNER/The New York Times/ReduxMark Zuckerberg would like you to know that despite a scathing report in The New York Times, which depicts Facebook as a ruthless and selfish corporate behemoth, things are getting better—at least, the way he sees it.In a lengthy call with reporters Thursday, and an equally lengthy "note" published on Facebook, the company's CEO laid out a litany of changes Facebook is making, designed to curb toxic content on the platform and provide more transparency into the decisions on content.
In late August, The New York Times reported that an extremely small group of Facebook employees have internally argued that the company isn't welcoming to conservative viewpoints.In recent months, a number of conservative lawmakers, including President Trump, have also accused tech companies like Google and Facebook of suppressing right-wing content, and have questioned whether they should be regulated as a result.Kyl’s appointment comes just one day before representatives from Twitter, Google, and Facebook are set to testify again before the Senate.In April, for example, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, half a dozen Republican lawmakers questioned whether the social network had suppressed content produced by conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.