CNN: Facebook’s future keeps getting murkier

CNN: Facebook’s future keeps getting murkier. “It’s not the first time Facebook’s content moderation policies have been under the microscope, but this time feels different. Voices inside the company have publicly expressed dismay over its actions, and hundreds of corporations are using the power of their ad dollars to lobby for change from the outside. The pressure could challenge CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s long held desire to preserve free expression on the platform, especially by public figures. But Facebook’s size and power — and Zuckerberg’s outsized influence within the company — mean it’s not yet clear to what extent things might change.”

New York Times: Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott

New York Times: Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott. “Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s two top executives, met with civil rights groups on Tuesday in an attempt to mollify them over how the social network treats hate speech on its site. But Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, failed to win its critics over.”

New York Times: Zuckerberg Never Fails to Disappoint

New York Times: Zuckerberg Never Fails to Disappoint. “Mr. Zuckerberg has tried for a while to wrap himself up in the First Amendment — getting the whole point of the words of that amendment wrong nearly every time — and he has insisted that he does not want to be an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Yet he has set up the company in such a way — completely under his sway — that suggests he has to be, in fact, an arbiter of truth. With Mr. Zuckerberg’s overwhelming voting and corporate power, there is no reason to have a board — which is why board members with backbones, like Reed Hastings and Ken Chenault, have left — and every reason to put the responsibility for cleaning up the mess squarely at Mr. Zuckerberg’s feet.”

The Guardian: Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea

The Guardian: Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea. “There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to account. No legislature, no law enforcement agency, no regulator. Congress has failed. The EU has failed. When the Federal Trade Commission fined it a record $5bn for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its stock price actually went up. Which is what makes this moment so interesting and, possibly, epochal. If the boycott of Facebook by some of the world’s biggest brands – Unilever, Coca-Cola, Starbucks – succeeds, it will be because it has targeted the only thing that Facebook understands: its bottom line. And if it fails, that will be another sort of landmark.”

Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.

Mashable: Instagram and WhatsApp are tainted by Facebook’s BS. Delete them.. “So you’ve deleted your Facebook account. Good. Now let’s talk about Instagram and WhatsApp. The two Facebook-owned services often get a pass whenever hate speech, misinformation, right-wing propaganda, privacy abuses, and self-mythologizing nonsense make the news — which, because of Facebook, is often. Overlooking WhatsApp and Instagram, however, would be a mistake. These services feed the Facebook beast and you should absolutely delete your accounts with Mark Zuckerberg’s seemingly less-tainted platforms, too.”

Observer: Feeling Heat, Mark Zuckerberg Will Meet With Civil Rights Groups Boycotting Facebook

Observer: Feeling Heat, Mark Zuckerberg Will Meet With Civil Rights Groups Boycotting Facebook. “While the boycott may not make a significant dent in the company’s income, global brands such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola publicly calling for the platform to change is a big deal. And after a team of top Facebook executives failed to talk those advertisers out of it, CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally agreed to meet with the civil rights groups behind the boycott and hear what they want, a spokesperson confirmed to Reuters late Tuesday.”

CNET: Zuckerberg reluctant to change Facebook policies over ad boycott, report says

CNET: Zuckerberg reluctant to change Facebook policies over ad boycott, report says. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly reluctant to change the social network’s policies amid a growing ad boycott. During a video town hall meeting last Friday, Zuckerberg told employees that he expects ‘all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough,’ according to a transcript obtained by from The Information.”

New York Times: Clean Up Your Act, Facebook, or We’re Leaving

New York Times: Clean Up Your Act, Facebook, or We’re Leaving. “‘I put the dishes in the dishwasher,’ my son said to me recently, as if it was a favor rather than something he should do just because. This prompted me to write to you, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, with all the irritation of a mother whose last nerves were worked a long time ago when it comes to the abuses that thrive on your platform. I’d like to let you know: You get zero claps for doing a tiny right thing after doing the wrong thing for far too long.”

KTVU: Supervisor pushes to remove Zuckerberg’s name from SF General Hospital

KTVU: Supervisor pushes to remove Zuckerberg’s name from SF General Hospital. “Supervisor Matt Haney is pushing to remove the name of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from San Francisco General Hospital. Haney posted a long Twitter message that questioned whether it was appropriate to keep Zuckerberg’s name on the hospital because of recent criticism of Facebook for failing to regulate hate speech.”

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy

MSN News: Democratic Senators Ask Zuckerberg to Act on White Supremacy. “Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg faces demands from Senate Democrats for answers about hate groups on the platform at the same time a growing number of companies are pulling advertising from its sites over harmful content. In a letter to Zuckerberg Tuesday, three Democratic senators question what they call the company’s ‘lack of action to prevent white supremacist groups from using the platform as a recruitment and organizational tool’ despite Facebook’s stated policies on hate speech.”

The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg (CNN)

CNN: The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg. “As each new company lends its weight to the boycott, the economic pressure is growing on Facebook to change — somehow. The campaign carries echoes of a similar advertiser rebellion against YouTube in 2017…. Despite some similarities, Facebook is less susceptible to outside pressure than most businesses, experts say. It’s led by a CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who exercises complete voting control over the company and can’t be removed by shareholders. And that could vastly complicate the campaign to hit Facebook where it hurts.”

Vox: Working for Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy isn’t always easy since it means working for Mark Zuckerberg

Vox: Working for Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropy isn’t always easy since it means working for Mark Zuckerberg. “At an emotional company town hall last week that blew past its hour-long time limit, one of Mark Zuckerberg’s engineers asked him to quit as CEO of Facebook. But the appeal did not, as one might expect, come from an engineer at Facebook. It came from an engineer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the education, science, and policy philanthropy Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, founded in 2015.”

Washington Post: Zuckerberg says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s rhetoric. It’s just crocodile tears.

Washington Post: Zuckerberg says he’s ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s rhetoric. It’s just crocodile tears.. “‘The Travels of Sir John Mandeville’ was a supposed memoir that Christopher Columbus used as a reference guide despite the book’s fantastical tales of journeys across oceans and treks through strange and beguiling lands. The author described one destination where crocodiles would slay men and weep while devouring their flesh. I was reminded of Mandeville’s crying crocodiles while reading the fable in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unconvincingly assured Americans he was ‘deeply shaken and disgusted by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric’ — which Zuckerberg’s website promotes and profits from every second of every day.”

CNN: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments

CNN: Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments. “Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are ‘disgusted’ by President Donald Trump’s remarks on the nationwide protests against racial injustice. The Facebook founder and his wife this week shared their thoughts in an email to a group of scientists who are backed by their nonprofit organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). The scientists recently raised concerns about how Facebook (FB) has handled Trump’s posts on the platform.”

CNN: Scientists backed by Zuckerberg’s foundation urge him to change stance on Trump posts

CNN: Scientists backed by Zuckerberg’s foundation urge him to change stance on Trump posts. “More than 140 scientists who have received funding and support from Mark Zuckerberg’s philanthropic organization wrote to the Facebook CEO Saturday expressing concern about how he handled President Donald Trump’s posts on the platform.”