Tag: Mark Zuckerberg

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to the removal of hate speech within a 24-hour period was met with positive feedback from civil society groups in Myanmar who called it a “historic” move. Facebook, which has become the main social network in Myanmar, had been criticized by human rights advocates of not doing enough to address the problem of hate messages. However, Yangon-based social media analyst Victoire Rio said that while it may still be unclear how the company intends to achieve the target, they laud the Zuckerberg’s promise as they had been clamoring for it for some time. Facebook had also been […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Appearance to be Aired Live

Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Appearance to be Aired Live

This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be facing the a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to give his testimony on the social network’s handling of its user data in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. Zuckerberg’s first opportunity to face Congress will be streamed online on CBSN, with the Senate testimony airing on April 10, 2:15 pm EST, while the House testimony will be on April 11, 10 am EST. Zuckerberg has already given an opening statement before his appearance where he took full responsibility for the recent privacy […]

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Zuckerberg Testifies Before US Congress Over Privacy Scandal

Media sources have said that Mark Zuckerberg met with US lawmakers last Monday, a day before he is scheduled to give his testimony on the misuse of Facebook user data by political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. According to aides, Zuckerberg will be talking at Capitol Hill with politicians from the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee, and U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, both of which he will be testifying before this week. The Facebook CEO had recently taken responsibility for the mishap and is expected to acknowledge the company’s failure to understand the extent of the problem caused by […]

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook last week admitted to that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives had special privileges including the ability to delete sent private messages. The Messenger retention feature allowed special users to send messages that expire after 90 days. A spokesperson further told the media that they were already planning to introduce the feature where senders can set a timer on their messages, but may take time before it gets rolled out. Facebook further apologized and said that they will be suspending their executives privileges to unsend messages while the feature is not yet available to the public.     Source: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mark Zuckerberg Snaps Back at Tim Cook’s Criticism of Facebook

In an interview earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to criticisms thrown by Apple CEO Tim Cook against him in relation to the social network’s recent privacy scandal. In an interview with CNBC, Cook said that he wouldn’t be involved in such a situation when asked what he would do if he were in Zuckerberg’s position. Facebook is currently dealing with the misuse of data of around 50 million of its users by a political data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg replied and pointed out that unlike Apple which only caters to rich people, Facebook offers a free service […]

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 […]

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: […]

Germany Won’t Probe Facebook on Hate Speech

Germany Won’t Probe Facebook on Hate Speech

German prosecutors confirmed last Monday that they will not be launching a formal investigation against Facebook on the matter hate speech and sedition. A complaint against CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook managers had been filed back in 2016 by German attorney Chan-jo who implored the courts to compel the social network to delete racist and violent posts on its platform. However, the prosecutors from Munich said that it was not a crime for Facebook to not remove such posts. It was also noted that while Germany has some of the world’s strictest laws on defamation, public incitement to commit […]