Facebook is standing on a dumpster fire of trouble right now, with CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg at the center of it all. All of this drama was kicked off with the Cambridge Analytica news, and has truly snowballed since.
It has been reported that Facebook deleted Zuckerberg's messages from users' inboxes, which is insane, considering Facebook users are the only ones that have the ability to delete messages from their inboxes. Facebook has obviously got super admin powers to delete peasants' messages, or in this case, messages sent by Facebook execs.
In the midst of the world finding this out, Facebook not-so-surprisingly said they are planning to launch a new "unsend" features in the coming months. TechCrunch talked to three sources that wanted to remain anonymous "out of fear of angering Zuckerberg or burning bridges with the company" that the messages send by Zuckerberg to both former employees and non-employees were deleted.
Why all of this? Let's rewind back to 2010 when Business Insider said that Zuckerberg had "recently been displaying a disregard bordering on disdain for Facebook users' right to maintain control over personal information", and this was 8 years ago before all of this new trouble which is 100x bigger.
Rewinding the clock back to 2004, when then 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg talked with a friend when he was in a college dorm room at Harvard when he first launched The Facebook. At the time, Zuckerberg said:
- Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
- Zuck: Just ask.
- Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
- [Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
- Zuck: People just submitted it.
- Zuck: I don't know why.
- Zuck: They "trust me"
- Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Facebook are in some deep doo doo right now, with the full skinny on that in my article about the social networking giant losing $50 billion over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Now we have WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton taking to Twitter of all social networking platforms tweeting: "It's time. #deletefacebook". Both Acton and WhatsApp have declined to comment reports The Verge, and remember... Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for a huge $16 billion. Acton is now worth $6.5 billion and in the middle of a $50 billion stock drop for Facebook, its CEO and COO have been reportedly missing from a recent staff meet to discuss the CA scandal.
Acton isn't the first ex-Facebook executive to talk dirt on the social networking giant, with head of growth for Facebook Chamath Palihapitiya admitting "we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works." Crazy things are happening for FB right now, and I don't see how they're going to get out of this one short of a larger scandal breaking out and fanning these flames.
Facebook is getting hammered from all directions right now, and right off the news that Cambridge Analytica has been using Facebook data to influence elections around the world, Facebook stock has dipped by a huge $50 billion in just two days.
Cambridge Analytica had data on some 50 million Facebook users and since the news emerged, the social networking giant has experienced its largest two-day stock price decliner, ever. Facebook stock was steady at $185 before the CA news broke, dipping down to $168 at the time of writing, wiping away $50 billion. 129 million shares of Facebook shares were circulated in these two days, which is massive.
There has been a steady ramp up to this news, with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg making an announcement of yet more changes to Facebook's News Feed. Zuckerberg announced that the changes toi the News Feed would turn more people away from advertisement and more with connecting people together again. The algorithm change was huge, affecting everyone... including TweakTown.
There has been some pretty large news hit the internet regarding Twitter and its 'creepy Big Brother' behavior behind closed doors, with Project Veritas' latest expose on one of the largest social media networks in the world.
Clay Haynes, a senior network security engineer at Twitter said that the social networking giant "disturbs him", and called it "creepy Big Brother" during a secretly recorded video by Project Veritas and their investigation into Twitter.
Haynes said: "It is creepy Big Brother. I mean it's like a level... I don't want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me. I get to look at all of the reported tweets, which means I've seen a lot of dick pics. It's ridiculous... We can actually read your DMs... I've seen way more penises than I've ever wanted to see in my life".
He continued: "DMs, tweets, yes. Lots of dicks... Unfortunately, there is a lot of porn. This sounds horrible, but I'm actually glad it's just dicks, it's just blow job pictures, it's just that type of stuff".
There's a new plan being hatched between the Canadian government and AI firm Advanced Symbolics, where they have announced a new partnership that will work on predicting the rise of regional suicide risk by monitoring social media posts.
Advanced Symbolics will use their AI technology to predict which areas in Canada might see rises in suicidal behavior, something that includes in their contract documentation: "ideation (i.e., thoughts), behaviors (i.e., suicide attempts, self-harm, suicide) and communications (i.e., suicidal threats, plans)".
The Canadian government can then use this to spend more money on mental health resources in the right places, when needed. The project will start later this month, ending in June, with the AI firm monitoring social media accounts for three months during this trial period. After which, the Canadian government will see how successful the pilot was, and continue.
At first, the AI-driven project will cost $25,000 but if fully funded would drive up to $400,000.
A Public Health Agency of Canada spokesperson spoke with CBC, where they said in a statement: "To help prevent suicide, develop effective prevention programs and recognize ways to intervene earlier, we must first understand the various patterns and characteristics of suicide-related behaviours. PHAC is exploring ways to pilot a new approach to assist in identifying patterns, based on online data, associated with users who discuss suicide-related behaviours".
Facebook has a bi-annual report that details all of the data requests the social networking company receives from the government, with their latest Transparency Report for the first half of 2017 being released.
We have information like account data, content restrictions and internet disruptions, as well as reports from rights holders related to copyright, trademark, and IP counterfeiting. The social networking giant said that government requests for users' data increased by 21% worldwide in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016.
Over half of those requests, some 57% of them included a non-disclosure order that stops Facebook from notifying the account holder of the request of data from the government. This number is up a whopping 50% from last year, with Facebook adding that there has been a massive 304% increase in the number of content restrictions around violating local law.
Today is not a good day with NiceHash being hacked and over $50 million of miners' Bitcoin up in the air, and Reddit is down.
I discovered problems accessing Reddit when researching the NiceHash hack, with Reddit being very up and down at the time before completely dying. Reddit is one of the world's largest websites, and without a public reason for the outage people are not happy.
It seems that the outage of Reddit are more so for US visitors, but the problems are widespread right now. Reddit's status page says that they are "currently investigating this issue" and that the "issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented".
Twitter has been acting up over the last few months, with President Trump's account being disabled for 11 minutes last month, and even the international account of The New York Times experiencing troubles in the last 24 hours.
But there are big changes cooking with the social networking giant that are taking place on December 18, with Twitter announcing a couple of weeks ago that it will be monitoring its users' behavior... wait for it... "on and off the platform". Twitter will suspend an account if they are affiliated with violent organizations, even if they aren't causing any trouble on Twitter. George Orwell would be proud at Twitter's move, that's for sure.
Twitter wrote in an update to its policy: "You also may not affiliate with organizations that - whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform - use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes".
It's funny, because Twitter opens the update with a statement that they believe that "everyone should have the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers", except the people they decide aren't free to share their perspective, as it doesn't align with their agenda.
What I would like to know is how and why will Twitter be monitoring users' behavior off the platform?
Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that Facebook reached a new milestone. There are now 2 billion people on Facebook every month.
"We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. "It's an honor to be on this journey with you," wrote Zuckerberg.
To celebrate this milestone, Facebook is launching a personalized video to "celebrate bringing the world closer together." You may see your video in your News Feed or by visiting Facebook.com/goodaddsup.
Facebook is looking at building out its own original TV shows, reportedly offering Hollywood studios up to $3 million per episode for original shows. The social network is looking at the 17 to 30 age range, with shows similar to ABC's own Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, or The Bachelor.
The social networking giant is going to be launching over 24 shows when it launches its TV shows later this year, and is now offering Hollywood bundles of cash for original TV shows at up to $3 million per episode, according to The Wall Street Journal. The future of business in this space is content heavy, something Facebook is fully aware of. We know that content rules, which is why Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Hulu, and many others make their own original TV shows... it's massive business, and Facebook is seeing this growing wave and is jumping onto its surfboard in a big way.
Snapchat is a big competitor for Facebook, as they've signed deals with the likes of DIsney, MTV, MGM, Time Warner, and A&E for original content. Snapchat isn't the same as Facebook and Netflix with full original TV series, but they will have episodes between 3 and 5 minutes long.