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Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

In a recent hour-long interview with TechCrunch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered a number of critical questions on his company’s privacy scandal involving analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg admitted to TechCrunch that Facebook had failed to anticipate worst-case scenarios which led to a number of issues now hounding the company. He also said that it was a mistake to have been too dismissive of the impact of fake news, and clarified that the number of accounts affected the privacy fiasco may be closer to 87 million, instead of 50 million which was first quoted by the media. Zuckerberg also addressed […]

Kremlin Blasts Facebook Removal of Russian Media Accounts

Kremlin Blasts Facebook Removal of Russian Media Accounts

Last Thursday, the Kremlin criticized Facebook for its removal of accounts associated with Russian media organizations, calling it a hostile censorship move. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that they were following the events closely and agreed with a questioner from one of the affected media outlets that it was a hostile step.     Facebook earlier this week said that has taken down hundreds of accounts and pages linked to the Internet Research Agency, an Russian organization suspected of running a “troll factory” which spreads fake news on social media.   Source: Reuters

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

It was announced last Wednesday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11 over the misuse of Facebook user data by a political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said that it had already shut down the accounts of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company and is investigating whether the firm still has the data. However, governments are still pressuring the social network to do more to protect user privacy and misinformation on its platform. It is said that Zuckerberg is also being invited to appear by two other […]

Facebook Removes Posts by Russian “Troll Factory”

Facebook Removes Posts by Russian “Troll Factory”

Facebook said last Tuesday that it had deleted hundreds of accounts and pages linked to a Russian “troll factory” which, according to the US government, is responsible for fake post intended to sway public opinion during the 2016 US election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that they have removed articles and pages associated with the Russia-based Federal News Agency (FAN) which was found to be technologically and structurally intertwined with the Internet Research Agency.    The social network said that IRA had made numerous posts and pages that were pro-Trump, pro-border security, anti-police violence against minorities, and similar topics. Source: […]

Zuckerberg Disavows Facebook Memo Calling for User Growth at All Cost

Zuckerberg Disavows Facebook Memo Calling for User Growth at All Cost

Buzzfeed reported earlier this week that Mark Zuckerberg had disavowed an internal Facebook memo which said that the company needed to prioritize the addition of more users above anything else. The 2016 memo written by Facebook VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth had not been previously reported and surfaced only recently partly because of the issues currently hounding the social network. Zuckerberg said in a statement that Boz had a tendency to say provocative things. He added that other Facebook employees, himself included, disagreed with the memo and did not believe that the end justifies the means. Boz acknowledged the authenticity of […]

Sri Lanka Bans Facebook Social Media, Messaging

Sri Lanka Bans Facebook Social Media, Messaging

The Sri Lankan government reportedly shut down Facebook’s social media and messaging services in the country earlier this week, saying that it is being used to spread fake news and hate speech which promote deadly sectarian violence. The government says that the social network has not done enough to address harmful posts on its platform, and that a ban on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook will help stem attacks on Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority. In an email response to CNBC, Facebook said that it has clear rules against hate speech and incitement to violence, and that it has already contacted the […]

Mark Zuckerberg Declines Appearance Before UK Lawmakers, Sends Senior Facebook Execs Instead

Mark Zuckerberg Declines Appearance Before UK Lawmakers, Sends Senior Facebook Execs Instead

It was announced this week that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be appearing to answer questions from British lawmakers on the social network’s privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. Facebook will instead be sending Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to appear before the parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. Facebook’s Head of UK Public Policy told the lawmakers that  the two would be better suited to answer the committee’s questions. However, the committee’s chairman said that they still would want to speak to Zuckerberg in person or via a live video link. Source: […]

US Consumers Now Trust Facebook Less Than Rivals

US Consumers Now Trust Facebook Less Than Rivals

According to a new poll by Reuters and Ipsos, less than half of all US respondents trust Facebook to obey US privacy laws, while a poll by German paper Bild am Sonntag showed that around 60% of Germans believe that Facebook and similar sites may negatively impact democracy. However, eMarketer analyst Debra Williamson said that it is too early to tell if people are ready to withdraw from Facebook which is already thoroughly ingrained in everyday life. She pointed out that customers of banks or other industries do not necessarily quit after losing faith. Data provided by Israeli firm SimilarWeb […]

Tumblr Removes Suspected Russian “Troll” Accounts

Tumblr Removes Suspected Russian “Troll” Accounts

Tumblr announced earlier this week that it had removed 84 accounts used by Russia’s Internet Research Agency for spreading misinformation in 2016. The accounts were discovered through an investigation into IRA’s activities the social media site had conducted with the authorities. 13 Russians connected to the “troll farm” had already been indicted for voter manipulation by the US government last month. Other social media sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook had already taken steps to address the issue of Russian trolls on their platforms. Tumblr also said that it would let other users know if they had interacted with […]

New US Bill Prompts Craigslist to Drop Dating Ads

New US Bill Prompts Craigslist to Drop Dating Ads

A new bill in the US which could punish websites for “facilitating” prostitution and sex trafficking has prompted classified ads website Craigslist to close its dating ads section in the country. In a statement this week, Craigslist said that it would be too much of a risk for the company to keep the section running, since the new law would expose them to criminal and civil liability when users use their online personals for illegal activity. US congress had already passed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” this March which will apply to all states […]