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No More 'Wear a Tie' Resolutions for Zuckerberg

Facebook boss will focus on the next decade instead

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has decided he has more pressing challenges than remembering to wear a tie to work every day, or even learning Mandarin. So for the first time since 2008, he's not announcing a personal goal for the new year. Instead, the Facebook boss will concentrate on the big... More »

Zuckerberg Defiant on Controversial Ad Policy

'I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been taking fierce criticism over Facebook's refusal to take down political ads that have false information. However, in an interview with CBS News on Monday morning, Zuckerberg made clear the policy will not change, notes Axios . "I don't think that a private company should... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Calls Out the 'Silicon Six'

He says Zuckerberg, 5 other tech execs hold too much sway over world's information

(Newser) - Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen made a lot of headlines last week when he used a speech before the Anti-Defamation League to call out Mark Zuckerberg for allowing bigots to spread lies and hateful propaganda on Facebook. In a new Washington Post op-ed adapted from the same speech, Cohen again... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Unloads on Zuckerberg

He says Facebook would have catered to Hitler if it were around in the 1930s

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has a plan to "save democracy"—one that involves putting an end to "the greatest propaganda machine in history." Honored Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League for his efforts to expose hate through comedy, Baron Cohen blamed tech giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook for... More »

Social Network Writer to FB CEO: Stop 'Assaulting Truth'

Aaron Sorkin takes Mark Zuckerberg to task for not vetting political ads

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds defending Facebook's decision not to fact-check or censor political ads, saying he doesn't feel the social media site should be in the business of stymieing free speech. Except screenwriter Aaron Sorkin doesn't exactly think that's what Facebook's move... More »

5 Takeaways From Zuckerberg's House Hearing

Waters told him Facebook should address 'failures' before launching cryptocurrency

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg faced a grilling from lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee over Facebook's plans for a cryptocurrency —but the questioning went beyond the Libra project to include issues like the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook's record on diversity. "We aren’t perfect, and we... More »

Zuckerberg, Chan Gave Buttigieg Some Advice

Facebook founder and his wife recommended potential hires for campaign staff

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has yet to make any political contributions or endorsements in the 2020 election cycle, but he has made recommendations to one candidate: Pete Buttigieg. The Facebook founder sent a few emails earlier this year to Buttigieg’s campaign manager offering up suggestions of potential staffers to hire for... More »

Zuckerberg Limits Press, Then Gives Address on Free Speech

Citing King draws a correction from civil rights leader's daughter

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's address Thursday extolling the virtues and importance of free speech prompted a number of examples of it, many of them highly critical. Zuckerberg was defending Facebook's decision to not censor lies and misinformation in political ads and content when he stepped to the microphone at Georgetown... More »

Leaked Audio Reveals How Zuckerberg Really Feels

The Facebook CEO says he'll 'go to the mat and fight' Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg takes one look at Elizabeth Warren and sees an existential threat—at least according to leaked audio of him in a Q&A with Facebook employees. "You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies ," the Facebook... More »

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 »

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