What the Zuck?
Leaked audio puts Facebook CEO under scrutiny
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What the Zuck?
This week we focus on a major global figure, perpetually at the center of controversy, who found himself exposed by leaked information about questionable remarks made in a sensitive discussion.
No, not the orange one.
In the case of Mark Zuckerberg, dude had TWO SOLID HOURS of audio released. Most of which was the sort of chest-puffing customary in tech and advertising; customary, intended to boost morale, but never meant for the ears of the public.
So comments suggesting he’d ‘go to the mat and fight’ politicians like Elizabeth Warren (super weird mental image) and that reports on content moderators were a bit dramatic did not go over particularly well. Warren in particular doubled down on her threat to break up Facebook, alongside Google and Amazon.
Further in his talk, Zuckerberg railed against this idea, saying that Facebook’s scale allowed it to be a better steward of misinformation. Despite it, uh, not sharing the information that it said it would, and deftly avoiding fact-checking political ads.
On the mat, I think that’d be called a reversal…
Elsewhere, the agenda shifted to Libra, Facebook’s kinda-cryptocurrency, whose backers have started backing away, and TikTok.
Yes, sigh, we will be getting a Facebook branded clone at some point, provided Lasso passes in Mexico
Odds + The End
- Netflix, literally: “The first taste is free.”
- And, we can tell you how to get to Sesame Street, but it’ll cost ya.
- In honor of October 3, Instagram’s still trying to make IGTV happen.
- It also launched its ‘Restrict’ feature, which lets users ban trolls from their posts.
- And why not, it kept things rolling and launched a new messaging app, Threads, as well as augmented reality shopping posts and product reminders.
- New York… We… don’t like Seamless anymore?
- More incels got booted from Reddit.
- Who’s going dark now? Pinterest.
- RIP to the world’s last pagers (probably).
- Elsewhere, Twitter’s search feature sliiiiiiiides up into iOS users’ DMs.
- Words with Friends may have exposed your (and presumably your friends’) data.
- Community Managers take note: You cannot winkingly suggest people throw milkshakes at politicians.
- …At least in the UK.
- What’s AI up to this week? Someone thought it was a good idea to create a fake-comment generating bot.
- Also, it appears YouTube’s bots are bigots.
- Tinder’s apocalyptic video series will feature your actual profile, because Tinder isn’t creepy enough already.
- More than half of Americans get news from Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they like it.
- Fresh off Siri making nice with Spotify, she’ll be mixing it up with third-party messaging apps.
- Google tightened up security for Assistant, Maps and YouTube.
- It’s still got some way to go ethics-wise, though, as it was apparently targeting homeless people of color to scan their faces for $5.
- Microsoft debuted a dual-screen tablet and a dual-screen phone. One delineation being that the phone runs – gasp – Android.
- And … Nickelback?!
- October 4, 2019