Mark Zuckerberg Prepares Meta Employees for a Tougher 2022

In an internal meeting this week, Mr. Zuckerberg said the tech giant was facing one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history.”

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As Midterms Loom, Meta C.E.O. Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What Sheryl Sandberg’s Exit Reveals About Women’s Progress in Tech

Silicon Valley is losing one of its most visible, outspoken and powerful women. Any gains have been incremental at best.

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Who Is Mark Zuckerberg’s New No. 2? It’s a Trick Question.

Mr. Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive, has restructured his company so that he no longer has a top deputy.

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Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down From Facebook’s Parent Company, Meta

The longtime chief operating officer of Facebook’s parent company, Ms. Sandberg said it was “time for her to write the next chapter of my life.”

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Elon Musk, Chaos Monkey

The billionaire’s increasingly erratic behavior on Twitter distracts from the terrible math behind his bid to buy it.

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Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

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How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram

The rules over what war content is permitted on Facebook and Instagram keep changing, causing internal confusion.

#clegg-nick, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #hate-speech, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta Cuts Back on Some of Facebook’s Perks

The company told workers on Friday that it will reduce or eliminate some of its famous perks as it prepares for a return to the office.

#computers-and-the-internet, #employee-fringe-benefits, #facebook-inc, #laundry-and-laundromats, #meta-platforms-inc, #workplace-environment, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Parent Company Will Make Employees Do Their Own Laundry

The company told workers on Friday that it will reduce or eliminate some of its famous perks as it prepares for a return to the office.

#computers-and-the-internet, #employee-fringe-benefits, #facebook-inc, #laundry-and-laundromats, #meta-platforms-inc, #workplace-environment, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Hollywood Bets Big on the Bad Entrepreneur

With limited series like “The Dropout,” “WeCrashed” and “Super Pumped,” the culture is saturated with ripped-from-the-headlines tales of self-immolating moguls.

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Out With the Facebookers. In With the Metamates.

Now that Facebook has renamed itself Meta, that’s what employees will be known as, the company said.

#facebook-inc, #hofstadter-douglas-r, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #names-organizational, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Pandemic Culls the Big Tech Herd

Bigger is still better, as the largest tech firms keep gobbling up weakened rivals.

#ek-daniel, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #spotify, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Failures of Invention

We’re seeing the limits of Facebook’s strategy to buy or copy other people’s best ideas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #news-and-news-media, #snap-inc, #social-media, #start-ups, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta plunges and sets off Wall Street’s worst drop in nearly a year.

Shares of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, fell more than 26 percent, a loss that wiped more than $230 billion off its market value.

#company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #pinterest, #rogan-joe, #snap-inc, #social-media, #stocks-and-bonds, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #united-states-economy, #zuckerberg-mark-e

6 Reasons Meta Is in Trouble

The company formerly known as Facebook has hit major turbulence as it suffered its biggest one-day wipeout ever.

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What to Wear in the Metaverse

Dressing for a virtual world is going to be both enormously liberating and potentially very, very messy.

#digital-fashion, #fashion-and-apparel, #metaverse-internet, #your-feed-fashion, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Boom! Go the (Tech) Subpoenas

A reckoning for Big Tech over its role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mckay-adam, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Big Tech Journeys Into the Virtual Reality Reaches of the Metaverse

Tech’s biggest companies are joining game makers and start-ups in pursuit of an immersive digital world that some have been working on for years.

#apple-inc, #augmented-reality-computers, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

“The Matrix Resurrections” and the Dark Timeline Humanity Is on

The original Matrix trilogy imagined a future more hopeful than the one conjured up by Silicon Valley today.

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Frances Haugen Thinks Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Acknowledge His Power

The Facebook whistle-blower says the company hides behind flat offices and metrics to shirk its responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Her Instagram Handle Was ‘Metaverse.’ Last Month, It Vanished.

Five days after Facebook changed its name to Meta, an Australian artist found herself blocked, with seemingly no recourse, from an account documenting nearly a decade of her life and work.

#augmented-reality-computers, #australia, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #names-organizational, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Congress, Far From ‘a Series of Tubes,’ Is Still Nowhere Near Reining In Tech

Holding a hearing that humbles the most powerful business executives in the world is much easier than legislating.

#computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #mosseri-adam, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s Head, Agrees to Testify Before Congress

This will be the first time Adam Mosseri, a trusted lieutenant to Mark Zuckerberg, will appear before lawmakers under oath.

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The Metaverse: Expectations vs. Reality

Jaron Lanier on the Wild West of the metaverse and why Facebook should be paying you.

#computers-and-the-internet, #lanier-jaron, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Those Loud and Polluting Leaf Blowers

Readers mostly excoriate and urge alternatives to what one calls “these obnoxious, deafening, exhaust-spewing machines.” Also: The metaverse; signs of concern.

#facebook-inc, #lawns, #names-organizational, #sustainable-living, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

To Build the Metaverse, Meta First Wants to Build Stores

The social networking company has discussed opening physical stores to showcase its virtual reality and augmented reality devices.

#augmented-reality-computers, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

The suit, filed by the now defunct photo start-up Phhhoto, accused the social network of stalling on a deal and then putting it out of business.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #reback-gary-l, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

A terrorist’s testimony and a clemency letter by military officers. Also: Florida professors; religion and politics; health care; Mark Zuckerberg.

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Elon Musk’s Extraterrestrial Capitalism

Billionaires, having read stories of world-building as boys, are now rich enough, as men, to build worlds. The rest of us are trapped in them.

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What to Do About Facebook, and What Not to Do

Assessing the many ideas for fixing the social network.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?

Tech reporter Casey Newton takes us inside the Facebook Papers consortium, the company’s failure to be held to account and why the problem is bigger than any one company.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #swisher-kara, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Mark Zuckerberg Aesthetic

With his plans for a virtual reality metaverse, the Facebook founder pitches himself as a cultural impresario of the internet’s future.

#facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Learning to Live With Mark Zuckerberg

Journalists and tech executives seem to be fighting each other to a draw in a battle that has no end in sight.

#facebook-inc, #information-the, #lessin-jessica-e, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Metaverse Is No Replacement for the Real World

Social media, in many ways, poisons our capacity to be present in the here and now.

#computers-and-the-internet, #empathy, #facebook-inc, #science-and-technology, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Presentation Was Full of Meme References

For those watching closely, his 80-minute video announcing Facebook’s rebrand delivered some self-referential jokes.

#comedy-and-humor, #facebook-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Gets a New Name

Running from controversy, Facebook introduces a new name and vision.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta, #metaverse, #silicon-valley-calif, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Metaverse Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Escape Hatch

If his new strategy works — a big if — it could help address several of Facebook’s biggest problems.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta, #metaverse, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Changes Corporate Name to Meta

The social network, under fire for spreading misinformation and other issues, said the change was part of its bet on a next digital frontier called the “metaverse.”

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #names-organizational, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Zuckerberg Personifies Facebook’s Woes. Is It Time for Someone New?

The Facebook C.E.O. personifies the company’s woes. Is it time for someone new?

#artificial-intelligence, #audioshake, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only-nl, #online-privacy-bill, #privacy, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Wants the Young People Back

The social media giant is making bonkers money. But it aims to turn itself inside out to get more young people.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #youth, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Will the SEC Add to Facebook’s Woes?

One of the most pressing questions is whether the Securities and Exchange Commission will significantly add to the company’s woes.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #dodd-frank-wall-street-reform-and-consumer-protection-act-2010, #facebook-papers, #haugen-frances, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Profits Jump 17 Percent

The results in the latest quarter are a sign of the company’s financial strength as it faces a public relations crisis.

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Facebook Debates What to Do With Its Like and Share Buttons

Likes and shares made the social media site what it is. Now, company documents show, it’s struggling to deal with their effects.

#anxiety-and-stress, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #friendship, #hate-speech, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

Company documents show that the social network’s employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies before and after the contested November vote.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #haugen-frances, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qanon, #research, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Zuckerberg to Be Added to Facebook Privacy Suit

The District of Columbia case, which grew out of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, could expose the chief executive to financial and other penalties.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cambridge-analytica, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #privacy, #racine-karl-a, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Is Mark Zuckerberg a Man Without Principles?

The veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg unpacks the Facebook Files with historical context and personal anecdotes.

#apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #gates-bill, #haugen-frances, #jobs-steven-p, #microsoft-corp, #oversight-board-facebook, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Instagram Struggles With Fears of Losing Its ‘Pipeline’: Young Users

The app, hailed as Facebook’s growth engine, has privately wrestled with retaining and engaging teenagers, according to internal documents.

#advertising-and-marketing, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #online-advertising, #snap-inc, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #tiktok-bytedance, #youth, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Whistleblower Fallout Prompts a Push to Calm Employees

Employees are divided over Frances Haugen, a former product manager who testified that the company was putting profit before safety.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e