Tag: Zuckerberg, Mark E

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

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, […]

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The Metaverse: Expectations vs. Reality

Produced by ‘Sway’ Mark Zuckerberg might be trying to stake his claim on the metaverse, but he’s far from the first person to envision a more virtual world. Take it from Jaron Lanier. He’s often called the “godfather of virtual reality,” and his company, VPL Research, developed V.R. goggles and gloves in the 1980s. He […]

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Those Loud and Polluting Leaf Blowers

To the Editor: Re “The First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Leaf Blowers,” by Margaret Renkl (Opinion guest essay, Oct. 26): Our town of Winnetka, Ill., has had a summer-month ban on gas-powered leaf blowers for many years that has been largely ignored by landscapers. This past spring, local residents decided to change […]

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To Build the Metaverse, Meta First Wants to Build Stores

SAN FRANCISCO — One of Mark Zuckerberg’s first steps toward building the metaverse may be physical instead of virtual. Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook, has discussed opening retail stores that will eventually span the world, said people with knowledge of the project and company documents viewed by The New York Times. […]

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Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, downloaded a popular new app, Phhhoto, on Aug. 8, 2014, and took a selfie. Other Facebook executives and product managers soon followed suit. The social network then made overtures to integrate Phhhoto. But the interest of Facebook’s top executives in Phhhoto was just a show, according to […]

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The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

To the Editor: In “Military Jurors Rebuke Torture as Moral Stain” (front page, Nov. 1), you report that seven out of eight senior American military officers dispatched to Guantánamo Bay to sentence a terrorist, Majid Khan, sent a clemency letter denouncing the torture he suffered in custody as “a stain on the moral fiber of […]

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Elon Musk’s Extraterrestrial Capitalism

But Muskism has earlier origins, too, including in Mr. Musk’s own biography. Much of Muskism is descended from the technocracy movement that flourished in North America in the 1930s and that had as a leader Mr. Musk’s grandfather Joshua N. Haldeman, an ardent anti-communist. Like Muskism, technocracy took its inspiration from science fiction and rested […]

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What to Do About Facebook, and What Not to Do

“At a minimum,” said Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor who is now one of its most vocal critics, regulators should ban second and third party uses of the most intimate data, “such as health, location, browser history and app data.” Privacy rules are one of the primary ways European regulators have attempted to curb […]

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Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?

Produced by ‘Sway’ The Facebook Papers and whistle-blower testimony have given us yet more insight into the company’s impact on polarization and mental health, but if you could wave a magic wand and “pull the plug on Facebook,” would these problems go away? Casey Newton, the journalist behind the newsletter Platformer, says no. Imagining a […]

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The Mark Zuckerberg Aesthetic

In recent months, Zuckerberg’s Instagram feed has grown sleekly professionalized. He appears as a sportsman practiced in elite hobbies: foiling, fencing, rowing, spear throwing. In an Instagram video posted on the 4th of July, he cuts through the water on a hydrofoil, hoisting an American flag to the tune of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, […]

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Learning to Live With Mark Zuckerberg

“Both journalists and tech executives are guilty of thinking Twitter is more important than it is,” Ms. Lessin said. “The tech executives are taking journalists’ tweets too seriously in many cases — but at the same time, it’s hard to build any professional relationship with someone who’s attacking you publicly all day long.” I’m not […]

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Facebook’s Metaverse Is No Replacement for the Real World

Just call me an old man, a troglodyte, a Luddite, whatever. I have no interest in becoming part of a “metaverse.” That is the future Mark Zuckerberg’s troubled Facebook is aiming toward as it renames itself Meta. And what is this Metaverse, you may ask? The New York Times explains: “Mr. Zuckerberg painted a picture […]

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Facebook Gets a New Name

It was no surprise that Zuckerberg appeared huffy when it was suggested during one interview that there was any link between the scandals and the rebranding. “We started well before the current cycle [of news]. I think the current cycle clearly had nothing to bear on this. Even though I think some people might want […]

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Presentation Was Full of Meme References

Amid a massive company pivot, a monthlong press cycle and increasing calls for regulation, Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to know he has a sense of humor. In an 80-minute keynote presentation announcing his company’s name change — from Facebook to Meta — and a shift away from traditional social networking, the 37-year-old chief executive made […]

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The Metaverse Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Escape Hatch

But the most interesting question, to my mind, is: Why is Mr. Zuckerberg doing this? After all, it’s not a prelude to a huge corporate reorganization or a sign of a chief executive who wants to give himself an easier job, as was the case when Google renamed itself Alphabet in 2015 and Larry Page […]

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Facebook Changes Corporate Name to Meta

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook rose to prominence over the past two decades with some of the world’s most recognizable branding: A big blue letter F. No longer. On Thursday, the social networking giant took an unmistakable step toward an overhaul, de-emphasizing Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. The change comes with a new logo […]

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

Zuckerberg’s belligerent attitude during the social media giant’s earnings call yesterday suggests that he’s facing a new level of pressure. This would normally be the time for the patented apology that he rolled out whenever times got tough before. No longer. He and the company’s P.R. machine are whirring and clicking with indignation and bile. […]

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Facebook Wants the Young People Back

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns. On Monday, the public got a glimpse into Mark Zuckerberg’s fear that Facebook might shrivel into irrelevance. In a conference call to discuss Facebook’s financial results, Zuckerberg said that he planned to overhaul the company to make its apps […]

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Will the SEC Add to Facebook’s Woes?

The internal studies that show Facebook has known about its harms to children, and its role in inciting violence and health misinformation, worry investors like Julie Goodridge, a portfolio manager for NorthStar Asset Management. She, along with the New York State Comptroller’s Office and other investment funds, filed a motion for the next shareholder meeting, […]

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Facebook Profits Jump 17 Percent

Facebook said on Monday that revenue rose 35 percent to $29 billion in the three months ending in September compared with the same period last year, while profits rose 17 percent to $9.2 billion, a sign of the social network’s financial strength as it faces a public relations crisis over troubling disclosures made by a […]

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Facebook Debates What to Do With Its Like and Share Buttons

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2019, Facebook researchers began a new study of one of the social network’s foundational features: the Like button. They examined what people would do if Facebook removed the distinct thumbs-up icon and other emoji reactions from posts on its photo-sharing app Instagram, according to company documents. The buttons had sometimes caused […]

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Facebook Employees Warned About Election Misinformation, to Little Effect

WHAT HAPPENED 1. From Wednesday through Saturday there was a lot of content circulating which implied fraud in the election, at around 10% of all civic content and 1-2% of all US VPVs. There was also a fringe of incitement to violence. 2. There were dozens of employees monitoring this, and FB launched ~15 measures […]

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Zuckerberg to Be Added to Facebook Privacy Suit

WASHINGTON — The attorney general for the District of Columbia plans to add Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, to a consumer protection lawsuit, in one of the first efforts by a regulator to expose him personally to potential financial and other penalties. The attorney general, Karl Racine, said on Tuesday that continuing interviews and reviews […]

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Is Mark Zuckerberg a Man Without Principles?

Produced by ‘Sway’ After leaked internal documents in The Wall Street Journal, whistle-blower testimony on Capitol Hill, a global server outage and drops in share price, Facebook has recently taken (another) spectacular beating. But the veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg says none of it has been a surprise. A longtime friend and mentor of Kara […]

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

With the leadership changes, Facebook went all out to turn Instagram into a main attraction for young audiences, four former employees said. That coincided with the realization that Facebook itself, which was grappling with data privacy and other scandals, would never be a teen destination, the people said. Instagram began concentrating on the “teen time […]

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Facebook Whistleblower Fallout Prompts a Push to Calm Employees

Executives also distributed a list of talking points, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, so workers knew what to say if friends and family asked them about “recent events.” That list included a denial that Facebook puts profit and growth above people’s safety and how the company has called for regulations from […]

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What Is Facebook Worth to Us?

It is easy to forget how new Facebook is, but remember I do. The first time I logged in to the social networking site was around 2006. I was taking classes in an adult enrichment program at a small Catholic school in Charlotte, N.C. A young literature professor used Facebook to cultivate informal communication with […]

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Brazen Is the Order of the Day at Facebook

It is no surprise that Facebook shares declined with all this meshugas, but I doubt there will be any real impact on the company in the long run, given its huge market share and fast-growing ad business. Wall Street has never been one to throw in the towel if there is money to be made, […]

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Facebook Was Down for a Few Hours. Should It Go Away Forever?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It has not been a good month for Facebook. A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal began publishing a damning investigative series, “The Facebook Files,” based on leaked internal documents revealing that the tech […]

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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

WASHINGTON — A former Facebook product manager who turned into a whistle-blower gave lawmakers an unvarnished look into the inner workings of the world’s largest social network on Tuesday and detailed how the company was deliberate in its efforts to keep people — including children — hooked to its service. In more than three hours […]

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What Elizabeth Holmes’ Rise and Fall Means for Ambitious Women

When I was a student at Harvard in the early aughts, Mark Zuckerberg and some other classmates dropped out to become the young kings of tech. They were smart, competitive and hard-working — like most people there. But I never could exactly relate. They had a confidence that was hard to describe, a peculiar kind […]

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