Tag Archives: Mark Zuckerberg

Hillary Clinton: Facebook Intends To Reelect Trump

The Atlantic reports: Facebook is, in a sense, the world’s first technocratic nation-state—a real-time experiment in connecting humans at massive and unprecedented scale, with a population of users that eclipses any actual nation, nearly as big as China and India combined. It’s also an institution with gigantic levers at its disposal to affect the lives of its user-citizens. Facebook knows …

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Mark Hamill Quits Facebook With Jab At Zuckerberg

MarketWatch reports: The Force isn’t strong with Facebook anymore. OG “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill quit the social network on Sunday, accusing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of turning to the Dark Side of capitalism. The actor who originated the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the original “Star Wars” trilogy announced his Facebook boycott on Twitter, where he condemned Zuckerberg …

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Trump Boasts: Zuckerberg Told Me I’m #1 On Facebook

Mediaite reports: During his talk with Rush Limbaugh today, President Donald Trump talked about a recent dinner he had with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. As the president today talked about the size of his online followings, Trump brought up how “I had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg the other day” and claimed, “He said I’d like to congratulate you, you’re number one …

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World’s 500 Richest People Gained $1.2 Trillion In 2019

Bloomberg News reports: In 2019, the world’s richest 500 people saw their collective net worth jump by 25 percent or $1.2 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index published Friday. Combined, the collective net worth of the world’s 500 wealthiest individuals totaled $5.9 trillion. American billionaires alone added $500 billion to their wealth, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gaining $27.3 …

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Billionaire Trump Donor Peter Thiel Pressures Facebook To Keep Their Policy Against Fact-Checking Political Ads

The Wall Street Journal reports: Facebook Inc. ’s senior leadership is increasingly divided over how to address criticism of the company’s effect on U.S. politics, with board member and billionaire investor Peter Thiel serving as an influential voice advising CEO Mark Zuckerberg not to bow to public pressure, according to people familiar with the matter. One flashpoint of late: political …

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Warren Blasts Zuckerberg’s Secret Dinner With Trump

Politico reports: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today hammered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for attending a previously undisclosed dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House, accusing the tech mogul’s company of cozying up to the administration as it faces mounting pressure over its competitive practices from federal regulators. “Amid antitrust scrutiny, Facebook is going on a charm offensive with …

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Zuckerberg Attended Secret WH Dinner With Trump

NBC News reports: President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday. The meeting took place during Zuckerberg’s most recent visit to Washington, where he testified before Congress about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Libra. Zuckerberg also gave a …

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FB To Pay Small Fine In Cambridge Analytica Scandal

CNN reports: The fight between Facebook and the UK government’s data regulator over Cambridge Analytica has come to an end. Facebook has agreed to pay the £500,000 ($645,000) penalty imposed by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office, which found the company failed to safeguard user data gathered by political data firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook will not admit to any liability under …

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LIVE VIDEO: Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before House

Wired reports: Facebook and Congress have a lot to talk about. In the past week, the company has careened through controversies over misinformation, squabbles over election ads, and an oddly statesmanlike speech in DC that sought to put a fresh spin on the Facebook origin story. But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring …

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Zuckerberg To Sit For First Ever Fox News Interview

The cozying up to the right wing continues: Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear on Fox News on Friday for an interview amid calls from Democrats for his platform to pull ads created by the Trump campaign targeting former Vice President Joe Biden. Fox News representatives confirmed in a press release Wednesday evening that the Facebook CEO would …

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Zuckerberg Is Hosting Private Meetings With Cultists

Politico reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships. The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald …

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Zuckerberg: We Don’t “Have The Tools” To Stop Russia

Axios reports: In an interview at the annual Aspen Ideas Festival, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for the federal government to shoulder the burden in election security, saying the social network doesn’t “have the tools to make the Russian government stop.” Over the past year, the Facebook CEO has continued to explain and defend the tech company’s stance on data …

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Bank Of England Backs Facebook Cryptocurrency

The BBC reports: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney gave Facebook’s proposed digital currency Libra a cautious welcome in a major speech on Thursday. He said it could substantially lower costs and increase financial inclusion, but needs regulation. Mr Carney also announced that non-banks will be able to hold Bank of England accounts. And he highlighted climate and sustainability concerns. …

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Facebook Co-Founder: It’s Time To Break Up Facebook

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes in a NYT op-ed: Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day. Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around …

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Facebook Unveils Major Redesign, Focuses On Groups

The New York Times reports: Mark Zuckerberg declared last month that he planned to shift Facebook away from being a public town square and to private communications. Now the chief executive is rolling out the first in a series of changes to achieve that. On Tuesday at its annual developer conference, Facebook unveiled a redesign of its mobile app and …

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Facebook Staffers Could Probably See Your Password

The Associated Press reports: Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse. By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call for organizations and websites to save passwords in a scrambled form that makes it almost impossible to recover the …

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Feds Target Facebook Data Deals In Criminal Probe

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks. A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent …

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Zuckerberg Vows “Privacy-Focused” Future At Facebook

CNBC reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday posted a 3,000 word note outlining a more “privacy-focused” future for the tech company, saying that communications platforms that protect privacy will “become even more important than today’s open platforms.” “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to …

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Facebook CEO Floats Crowd-Sourced Fact-Checking

The Guardian reports: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he is considering crowd sourcing as a new model for Facebook’s third-party fact checking partnerships. “I think that the real thing that we want to try to get to over time is more of a crowdsourced model where people, it’s not that people are trusting some sort, some basic set …

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Facebook Reveals Yet Another Privacy Breach

CBS News reports: Facebook said Friday that a security glitch may have let third-party apps access the private photos of as many as 6.8 million users, the latest example of the social-media company failing to protect people’s online content. The incident, which took place during a 12-day period in September, included images never fully uploaded to the platform and those …

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