Facebook has a problem. Not the one where they admitted to being a megaphone for propaganda and psy-ops. Or the one where they narced on at-risk Australian teens. No, today's news concerns how the social giant/massive data collection scheme has (increasingly) become an unwilling platform for users to broadcast violent crimes, sexual acts, child exploitation and suicide.
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Back in January, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was "quite proud of the impact that we were able to have on civic discourse", doubling down on his stance that the rise of misinformation, spread of outright propaganda, and rapid erosion of trust in the fourth estate were anyone's problems but his. A whitepaper from the world's largest social media platform — where an estimated 66 per cent of the site's American users get their news — casually mentions that Facebook is also fertile soil for "subtle and insidious forms of misuse, including attempts to manipulate civic discourse and deceive people".
The New York Times Magazine has an interesting story out this week about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fake news and Facebook's role as the world's most prominent information distributor. It's all part of Facebook's ongoing public relations freak out surrounding the prevalence of fake news and hoaxes spread on the platform. The company is trying to fix the problem now, but it sure is funny to see Zuck constantly rolled out to do a series of interviews on something he brushed off as a "crazy idea" just a few months ago.
Since it debuted nearly a year ago, Facebook Live has been rife with content moderation problems. The latest in a long line of horrific examples comes from Chicago, where the Associated Press reports that a missing 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by up to six people while about 40 people watched the stream.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting their second child, the couple announced on Facebook this morning. Like one-year-old daughter Max, the forthcoming Zuck will also be a baby girl.
Harvard just announced that Facebook founder and aspiring politician Mark Zuckerberg will deliver this year's commencement address. As part of the deal, the university will give Zuckerberg an honorary degree and an honorary doctoral gown. This, despite the fact that Zuck dropped out of Harvard College in his second year.
On Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published an updated founder's letter for Facebook, his first since the company went public in 2012. Largely summarising the CEO's previous comments, the sweeping manifesto was newsworthy while containing little news. In at least one version of the text, however, Zuckerberg wrote about using artificial intelligence for online surveillance — a line stricken from the final draft.
It's been a rocky start for virtual reality manufacturers in general. But Oculus — the company that made people believe in VR again — may be having the hardest time of all. It's been a year of sluggish sales, PR nightmares and a one big time defeat in court. Now, Best Buy is pulling hundreds of demo stations from its sales floors in the US.
Facebook works hard to maintain Mark Zuckerberg's public image. Professional photographers take staged photographs, like these ones of him visiting a Facebook data centre, petting a calf and meeting with world leaders. A team of employees diligently manage his Facebook page. But the most frantic display we've seen yet was Facebook's effort during this weeks's trial in a Dallas federal courtroom, where Zuck testified in a $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) intellectual property lawsuit against the company.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is once again going after his neighbours in his latest effort to ensure his 700-acre Hawaiian compound remains impenetrable. This time, rather than erect another massive wall, Zuck has filed a series of lawsuits against several hundred people — some of whom are dead — who inherited or have claims to land Zuck purchased on the island of Kauai.
Our watch has ended.
After 117 days basically in hiding, Oculus VR founder and former Facebook golden child Palmer Luckey has been spotted in the wild — specifically in a federal courtroom in Dallas where Facebook is the subject of a $US2 billion ($6 billion) intellectual property lawsuit.
Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, is still nowhere to be seen. That may be all over soon. This week marked the start of a trial over the $US2 billion ($2.6 billion) lawsuit brought by video game company Zenimax against Oculus VR owner Facebook. The suit alleges Oculus stole core intellectual property when it poached current Chief Technical Officer, John Carmack, and there's a possibility Luckey may be called to testify.