WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind

Schitterende exclusive van Forbes: Facebook also wanted to sell businesses tools to chat with WhatsApp users. Once businesses were on board, Facebook hoped to sell them analytics tools, too. The challenge was WhatsApp’s watertight end-to-end encryption, which stopped both WhatsApp and Facebook from reading messages. Leuke vent, ook, die Mark: When Acton reached Zuckerberg’s office, […]

Rifts Break Open at Facebook Over Kavanaugh Hearing

The New York Times over problemen bij de sociale mediagigant: The apology came from Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy. A day earlier, Mr. Kaplan had sat behind his friend, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, when the judge testified in Congress about allegations he had sexually […]

Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders, leading to their exit

Kurt Wagner op Recode: Over the past year, both Systrom and Krieger have grown increasingly frustrated and agitated with Zuckerberg and Facebook’s increased influence over the app, according to multiple sources. One characterized it as “bizarre meddling” that hurt morale within the unit.

Facebook Fueled Anti-Refugee Attacks in Germany, New Research Suggests

The New York Times: Whenever internet access went down in an area with high Facebook use, attacks on refugees dropped significantly. The drop did not occur in areas with high internet usage but average Facebook usage, suggesting it is specific to social media.

Why Facebook Wants to Give You the Benefit of the Doubt

Alexis Madrigal bij The Atlantic: You don’t need to be a free-speech absolutist to imagine how this unprecedented, opaque, and increasingly sophisticated system could have unintended consequences or be used to (intentionally or not) squelch minority viewpoints. Everyone, Facebook included, wants to find a way out of the mess generated by every voice having a […]

Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley

MG Siegler: We need Silicon Valley — the people behind these companies — to wake up. We need everyone to act like human beings, not like rogue AI programs vomiting up delusions of grandeur. I’m honestly not even sure that some individuals — people I know — could pass the Turing test at this point. Facebook is but a taste of what’s to […]