On July 30, a Guardian article bashed the president, saying people should unfollow Trump because “there is nothing positive to be gained by following or engaging with Trump on Twitter.” The Guardian said The New York Times has also called him “the most dangerous man in Britain.” There have been over 100 stabbings in London this year alone…
Businesses might be in trouble with another European rule tied to the use of Facebook’s famous “Like” buttons. With the help of certain companies, Facebook has been able to track your web browsing data, according to The Verge. According to the European Court, this was being done without the users’ consent whenever they visited a site with a like button.
Facebook users are getting more of liberal CNN, but a different kind of show. CNN’s newest Facebook-funded show, “Go There,” is premiering on Facebook’s video-on-demand service Facebook Watch on July 29. It will hit the ground running with a new format to focus on key liberal issues.
Facebook has a lot of problems -- from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to record level fines, to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation. So teen vaping doesn’t seems like a sn odd issue for the company to be mobilizing against. While the number of adolescents vaping has increased 80% in the last year, is Facebook really in a position to address the “epidemic?”
Andrew Yang formerly supported breaking up Google, but in the last couple of weeks, the candidate has flipped his stance on the issue.
On July 16, Whittaker took a stand against Google. The former employee published an article on Medium.com exposing the company saying that her presence “at the table” as an advocate to change AI’s problems was merely for looks. Whittaker has left Google to address big tech’s “ethical crisis.”
A July 15 Facebook post from Webster complained that Sheriff Ed Gonzalez does nothing about the “criminal illegal immigrants” that inhabit Harris County, Texas. Shortly after posting, Gonzalez came out with a Tweet saying he “just got suspended from Facebook for seven days.”
As of July 15, Facebook will likely be facing a 5 billion dollar fine from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for privacy issues caused by the scandal. USA Today says “the company had violated a consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that entered into in 2011.” The fine is being sent to the DOJ for final approval today.
Have you heard about Amazon’s Alexa? She may have heard you. Reports came out in April that full time contract workers for Amazon in the U.S., Costa Rica, and Romania have been listening up to 1,000 audio clips, some of them lasting up to nine hours.
On July 8, Wozniak did an interview with TMZ in the Reagan National Airport in D.C. where he expressed his Facebook privacy concerns. Wozniak told TMZ, “I worry because you’re having conversations that you think are private... You’re saying words that really shouldn’t be listened to, because you don’t expect it. But there’s almost no way to stop it.”
In a press release on July 8, Instagram announced a new content policy designed to stop “hate speech.” Users will be warned when they post a comment or an update that might be considered “offensive.” An algorithm would monitor content before posting
If Facebook’s reputation has lost a lot of luster these last few years, it’s not for a lack of effort from executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. In fact, the pair have become so “intertwined” with keeping up the company's image that they have hired hundreds of public relations employees to manage Facebook’s reputation.