Facebook boycott leaders met with Mark Zuckerberg, say nothing changed
(JTA) — Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t changed his tune about Facebook’s stance on the spread of hate on the social media platform.That’s what the heads of several civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, said following a meeting Tuesday with Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives to discuss the demands of the advertisers that joined the #StopHateForProfit movement.“It was abundantly clear in our meeting today that Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team is not yet ready to address the vitriolic hate on their platform,” read a statement issued by the leaders after the meeting. “Zucke...
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Editorial: Ad boycott won't give Facebook the comeuppance it deserves
As much as Facebook deserves a comeuppance for its years of egregious behavior, the social media company probably won’t suffer long-term from the July ad boycott.Nor change its shameful ways.It’s disgraceful that CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s company divides America, threatens our democracy and gives the tech industry a black eye. His unrepentant behavior may lead to undesirable regulation by Congress, a body filled with politicians who don’t understand the innovation economy.Meanwhile, Zuckerberg continues to rake in his billions.Despite the boycott, the price of the company’s stock, whic...
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Newsmaker — Mark Zuckerberg: Why Facebook clicks with so many
Right now, almost half of the people on the planet are actively using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger; there are 2.6 billion using Facebook alone; and on any given day during March, 1.73 billion of us were active on Facebook — up from 1.66 billion users last December. But from Wednesday, advertisements from some 400 brands will be pulled from Facebook over the failure of the social media behemoth to take action against hate speech on the site.The prospect of such a boycott might be enough for most companies to change tack — but Facebook is unlike any other company. So far, Mark Zuck...
Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet activists, won't act on boycott
Washington (AFP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to a new meeting with activists on the social media giant's content policies while vowing to resist pressure from an advertiser boycott, the company said Thursday.The news comes amid increased pressure on the leading social network to clamp down on incendiary content which promotes racism and violence, which has gained momentum with more tan 650 advertisers joining a boycott.Zuckerberg told an employee meeting this week the boycott is not likely to have a major impact and that most of the advertisers "will be back on the platform s...
Editorial: Sheryl Sandberg can lean in: Tell Facebook's Zuckerberg to keep his word, ban hate speech
There’s nothing like taking a $7 billion hit to one’s net worth to suddenly bolster a guy’s belief in truth, justice and the American way.Mark Zuckerberg has caved. Until recently, so staunchly resistant to banning hateful speech from the powerful public forum that he co-founded, Facebook, he posted on Friday: “So, today we’re prohibiting a wider category of hateful content in ads. Specifically, we’re expanding our ads policy to prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status a...
Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts - even Trump’s
Facebook said Friday that it will flag all “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump.CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously refused to take action against Trump posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud, saying that people deserved to hear unfiltered statements from political leaders. Twitter, by contrast, slapped a “get the facts” label on them.Until Friday, Trump’s posts with identical wording to those labeled on Twitter remained untouched on Facebook, sparking criticism from Trump’s opponents as well as current and...
Mark Zuckerberg reverses hate-content policy after Facebook stock nosedives
Wall Street talked and Mark Zuckerberg finally listened.The Facebook CEO did an abrupt about-face on Friday by implementing policy changes regarding hate content on his social media platform as the company’s stock nosedived.At market close, Facebook shares were down 8.3% for the day to $216.08 per share.Zuckerberg announced the changes during a virtual meeting on Friday as yet more advertisers vowed to stop advertising on Facebook, sending shares tumbling.The 36-year-old entrepreneur asserted that the company would take a more proactive stance in eliminating hateful content in ads, blocking fa...
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Editorial: Zuckerberg now enabling Trump threats to Floyd protesters
When it comes to curbing political manipulation on the internet, Mark Zuckerberg never seems to learn from his past mistakes.At a time when we need our political and business leaders to be at their best, the Facebook CEO once again stands as an embarrassment to the tech community. Zuckerberg has become an enabler of political manipulation who repeatedly chooses profits over principle.A day of reckoning awaits the industry for Zuckerberg’s refusal to properly police lies and threats of violence on his social network.We all value freedom of speech. But Zuckerberg fails to recognize it is not abs...
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What Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Donald Trump have in commonBobbie Johnsonon June 3, 2020 at 7:54 pm
President Donald Trump’s threat last week to overturn Section 230–the free speech law that shields social-media platforms from liability for what their users post–may have been empty and unworkable. But the uproar about it, sparked by Twitter’s decision to label two of the president’s tweets as misinformation, immediately tapped into two of the left’s and the right’s favorite stereotypes: a stubborn, vindictive president who can’t keep his hands off the keyboard, and a mass of wild liberals in Silicon Valley who consistently oppose his every move.The narratives approved by these companies sugg...
Zuckerberg promises Facebook policy review
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by US President Donald Trump.The announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees, appeared aimed at quelling anger inside the company that was so severe it prompted some to quit.The outrage was sparked when Zuckerberg said Facebook would not remove or flag Trump's recent posts that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting police racism.Zuckerberg's message Friday seemed to attempt to mollify that ...