New York Times: Buckle Up for Another Facebook Election

New York Times: Buckle Up for Another Facebook Election. “The social network has spent much of the past three years apologizing for its inaction during the 2016 election, when its platform was overrun with hyperpartisan misinformation, some of it Russian, that was amplified by its own algorithms. And ahead of 2020, some people wondered if Mr. Zuckerberg — who is, by his own admission, uncomfortable with Facebook’s power — would do everything he could to step out of the political crossfire. Instead, Mr. Zuckerberg has embraced Facebook’s central role in elections — not only by giving politicians a pass on truth, but by preserving the elements of its advertising platforms that proved to be a decisive force in 2016.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Still Prioritizing Scale Over Safety

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Still Prioritizing Scale Over Safety. “Facebook’s growth at any cost mentality has birthed innumerable scandals over the past decade — election meddling, political discord, privacy invasion. Yet today, after repeated apologies and promises to do better, that mentality remains largely unchanged. BuzzFeed News has learned the company continues to evaluate and compensate product managers based mostly on their ability to grow its products, with little regard to the impact of those products on the world.”

CNN: Civil rights groups invited to Zuckerberg’s home slam Facebook’s ‘lackluster response’

CNN: Civil rights groups invited to Zuckerberg’s home slam Facebook’s ‘lackluster response’. “Facebook’s policies on political ads are being criticized yet again, with several civil rights leaders recently invited to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s home slamming what they say is a ‘lackluster response’ to their concerns.”

The Guardian: Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads

The Guardian: Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads. “Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has defended the company’s decision to not take down political advertising that contains false information – and compared the alternative to censorship.”

New York Times: Why Everyone Is Angry at Facebook Over Its Political Ads Policy

New York Times: Why Everyone Is Angry at Facebook Over Its Political Ads Policy. “After Google announced restrictions on political advertising this week, campaign strategists in Washington quickly turned their attention to a different company: Facebook.”

NBC News: Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October

NBC News: Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October. “President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.”

BuzzFeed News: Before Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Kill TikTok, He Wanted To Own It

BuzzFeed News: Before Mark Zuckerberg Tried To Kill TikTok, He Wanted To Own It. “As Facebook’s chief wooed the Chinese government publicly with demonstrations of deference and appeasement, he was quietly working to close an acquisition deal with a Shanghai-based startup that, had it been consummated, would have reshaped the social media landscape as much as the social network’s purchase of Instagram or WhatsApp had. Zuckerberg wanted Musical.ly, a Chinese lip-synching app that was popular among American teens and, according to three people familiar with the conversations, Facebook spent much of the second half of 2016 trying to make that happen.”