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Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC Fine Ever for Tech Firm

Company slammed with $5B penalty over privacy; Zuckerberg escapes serious personal liability

(Newser) - Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business—but they're only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though... More »

2 Glum Headlines for Zuckerberg

Unflattering deepfake video will survive, and there may be troubling emails

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to unflattering headlines, and Wednesday proved to be no exception. Two stories getting play:
  • "Facebook Worries Emails Could Show Zuckerberg Knew of Questionable Privacy Practices": This Wall Street Journal report relies on anonymous sources who say that the company has come across emails connecting
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Peggy Noonan: Let's Ditch This 'Imperious Twerp'

'Journal' columnist goes after Mark Zuckerberg and big tech

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan won't be receiving any more invitations to a private gathering with Mark Zuckerberg. In her latest op-ed, Noonan refers to Zuckerberg as an "imperious twerp" who summons people as if he were a prince. More to... More »

Zuckerberg Has New Problem on His Hands: His Security Chief

Liam Booth accused of sexual misconduct, as well as racist, sexist, homophobic remarks

(Newser) - Two former employees of the household staff of Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are lobbing some serious allegations against the power couple's security chief. First reported by Business Insider and confirmed by NBC News , Liam Booth, a former Secret Service agent, has been accused of making homophobic,... More »

Zuckerberg, Sandberg Run Afoul of Canada

Facebook execs defy subpoenas to appear at Ottawa hearing

(Newser) - Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg could be held in contempt of the Canadian parliament after refusing subpoenas to appear at a Tuesday hearing, reports CNN . A Facebook rep said the company planned to send its head of public policy for Facebook Canada, Kevin Chan, and director of public... More »

A Massive Number of Fake Facebook Accounts Have Been Taken Down This Year

Facebook says automated attacks have increased

(Newser) - Facebook says it removed 2.19 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of the year—a total nearly as high as the number of monthly active users. About 1.2 billion accounts were taken down in the last quarter of 2018, Engadget reports. The company said in its Community... More »

Zuckerberg's Old Roommate Says Enough Is Enough

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the company must be broken up

(Newser) - Facebook is used to hearing complaints that it's too big and powerful—just last month, for instance, 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren argued that it needed to be broken up. But never has the complaint come so forcefully from someone so instrumental to the company's very creation: In a... More »

In Sea Change, Zuckerberg Now Says 'the Future Is Private'

He announces major Facebook overhaul

(Newser) - "I know that we don't exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly," Mark Zuckerberg quipped at the annual F8 Facebook developer's conference—but he promised that the company will turn it around. In his keynote address, the CEO announced a... More »

Zuckerberg's New Alarm Is a Hit Online and at Home

Priscilla Chan sleeps better now, post says

(Newser) - Facebook is under federal investigation , so you'd think Mark Zuckerberg might be feeling stressed. But it's his wife's stress he's been trying to ease, Quartz reports. Priscilla Chan had been waking up in the early morning and reaching for her phone to see whether their two... More »

Facebook’s FTC Fine Could Be Massive

The FTC has been investigating possible privacy violations

(Newser) - Facebook said it could face a fine of up to $5 billion as the result of an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the AP reports. The agency has been investigating Facebook for possible privacy violations, but has not announced any findings yet. The company set aside $3 billion in... More »

Regulators May Go After Zuckerberg Personally

Facebook and FTC discuss new oversight of CEO

(Newser) - Federal regulators are considering ways to hold Mark Zuckerberg responsible for Facebook's handling of its users' personal information. Possible new oversight of the CEO has been discussed by FTC officials and Facebook as part of the government's investigation into how the networking site uses the data, the Washington ... More »

Zuckerberg's Security Bill Is Staggering

Facebook spends $20M protecting Mark Zuckerberg and his family

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's base salary is nearly nothing—but try protecting him. The Facebook CEO's security bill reached $20 million as he went on "an apology tour" during the company's "year from hell," reports Business Insider . An SEC filing on Friday shows Facebook paid him... More »

Mark Zuckerberg Tosses Out Some Decent Trash

'Times' feature follows around a garbage picker, who finds a working vacuum cleaner, hair dryer

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg insists he's pushing Facebook on a path toward greater privacy for users. And Business Insider notes that if Zuckerberg read the New York Times on Sunday, he got a real taste of what it feels like to have your privacy violated. There, in a feature on a... More »

A Big Piece of Facebook History Has Vanished

Many of Mark Zuckerberg's posts are gone

(Newser) - A good chunk of Facebook's history is simply gone—at least from anywhere you'd expect to find it. That's because many of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's posts have vanished from the site, including vital ones reported by the media and everything from 2007-2008, Business Insider reports. Among... More »

Zuckerberg Announces Facebook Shift, Critics Wary

He promises a 'privacy-friendly' Facebook

(Newser) - Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in privacy-oriented messaging that Facebook itself can't read. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, announced the shift in a Wednesday blog... More »

Zuckerberg Reveals His 2019 Personal Challenge

He'll have a role in debates on future tech 'every few weeks'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg set the lofty goal to "fix" Facebook in 2018 . "Proud of the progress we've made" but with work still to do, he's now eying the tech industry at large, reports CNN . "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions... More »

NYT Investigation Not Making Things Easier for Facebook

Paper alleges Facebook gave more than 150 companies special data access

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is on track to lose $15 billion this year , and articles like this from the New York Times give more than an inkling as to why: An investigation based on hundreds of pages of internal documents show Facebook has for years given a select group of 150+ partners—... More »

Zuckerberg: Sheryl Sandberg Isn't Leaving, and Neither Am I

He says reporters covering Facebook have a 'different world view'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't plan to be Facebook's CEO forever—but he's certainly not going anywhere right now, and neither is his second-in-command, Sheryl Sandberg. Zuckerberg—who is facing renewed criticism after reports that the company hired a company to smear critics and ignored warning signs... More »

Zuckerberg: I Had No Idea About Anti-Soros Strategy

Sandberg also denies role in hiring firm that linked Facebook protesters to the financier

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg went on the defense Thursday after a damning report in the New York Times faulted him and COO Sheryl Sandberg for how they handled the Russian hacking controversy. "The reality of running a company of more than 10,000 people is that you're not going to... More »

Sandberg, Zuckerberg Get Slammed in NYT Report

Newspaper accuses the pair of trying to conceal Facebook's lapse on Russian hackers

(Newser) - A New York Times investigative story about Facebook presents a brutal picture of how Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg handled the controversy over Russian hacking in the 2016 election. The Times uses three words to sum up company strategy: "delay, deny, and deflect." The story, based on... More »

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