CNET: Mark Zuckerberg to meet with UK culture chief after ‘digital gangsters’ report. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to meet with UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright at the company’s California headquarters on Thursday afternoon. [Yesterday – TJC] The meeting comes just days after a British government report slammed Facebook and other companies for ‘considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law’ and accused Zuckerberg of ‘contempt’ for the UK. “
The Guardian: Facebook labelled ‘digital gangsters’ by report on fake news. “Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’. The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.”
CNN: ‘Divide and conquer forever.’ Inside the partnership of Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. “Before Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress last year, he and his team prepared by holding mock hearings inside a Facebook conference room set up to look like a congressional room. For Zuckerberg, the appearance marked his first time testifying before Congress, a forum that had eaten other prominent technology executives alive. For Facebook, it came at a crucial moment in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which caused Facebook to shed tens of billions in market value and sparked fierce criticism from users and politicians around the world.”
CNN: Early Facebook investor blasts company in new book ‘Zucked’. “Facebook is bad for democracy and its executives have put profits over their civic responsibilities, an early investor in the company charges in a new book. Tech investor Roger McNamee makes these claims in ‘Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook catastrophe,’ due out on Tuesday.”
TechCrunch: The facts about Facebook. “The predecessor to Facebook was a ‘hot or not’ game called ‘FaceMash’ that you hacked together while drinking beer in your Harvard dormroom. Your late night brainwave was to get fellow students to rate each others’ attractiveness — and you weren’t at all put off by not being in possession of the necessary photo data to do this. You just took it; hacking into the college’s online facebooks and grabbing people’s selfies without permission. Blogging about what you were doing as you did it, you wrote: ‘I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of some farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.’ Just in case there was any doubt as to the ugly nature of your intention. “
CNET: Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s ad model: ‘We don’t sell people’s data’. “Mark Zuckerberg says he didn’t set out to build a global company. But a month shy of Facebook’s 15th birthday, the CEO of the world’s biggest social network has found himself defending the behemoth he created.”
Mashable: Mark Zuckerberg reveals his New Year’s resolution. “Mark Zuckerberg knows he has some work to do. The Facebook CEO had a rough 2018, both personally and professionally, with lawmakers turning on his social-media baby and scandal after scandal after scandal. But he’s ready to turn that all around. Following his long-established tradition of declaring annual ‘personal challenges,’ Zuckerberg announced on Jan. 8 that’s he’s figured out how to do it: by hosting public discussions about all the problems Facebook has helped to create.” Gosh, the UK wanted to have a public discussion with him but he didn’t show up.