Welcome to day 69 of Palmer Watch — another day in which neither Palmer Luckey nor Facebook will tell me if the founder of Oculus VR even works at the social networking giant or not.
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If you were to read The Verge's glossy 2,000-word exclusive about Facebook's first test flight of an internet-beaming drone, you'd think the June 28 flight was an unmitigated success. Published with photos provided by Facebook on the same day the company announced the test flight to the world, the story featured quotes from Mark Zuckerberg on the importance of the project and scenes of elated Facebook employees wiping away tears of joy as "Aquila" took to the sky.
On Tuesday, a woman identifying herself as a former writer for Facebook's trending section took to Twitter to criticise the social media giant, saying the solution to the site's current fake news problem is the editorial team it fired with "no grace, no notice, no care" earlier this year.
Facebook has had an ongoing problem developing on Android for a while now. Facebook's central item officer, Chris Cox, even encouraged his staff to switch to Android in order to live with the issues and figure them out. A recent independent test by Tech World Zone found that the problems have persisted and that life could be a lot better without the Facebook app.
Brad Webster was just showing a friend around the isolated town of Unalakleet, Alaska when they stumbled on a stark example of just how brutal nature can be — two dead moose, still locked in combat, frozen in ice.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg really pushed the limits of a Friday night news dump when he posted Facebook's new plan for dealing with fake news, which includes vague notes on "warnings" and "disrupting fake news economics". Again, the social media mogul mostly communicated that he would just like us to trust him.
Just hours after The Wall Street Journal first reported that Google plans to bar fake news sites from using its advertising network, Facebook told the paper that it, um, also is going to do that thing. Crazy timing, right?