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Top Five Key Takeaways from Mark Zuckerberg’s Recode Interview

In a 90-minute interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg talked on multiple issues, ranging from Facebook-related issues to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting; from political issues to Trump’s border policy, and more.
Five main takeaways

1. He spoke candidly about his views on the Sandy Hook School shooting and the Holocaust deniers.

Zuckerberg agrees that people who claim that the Sandy Hook shooting or the Holocaust never happened are without a doubt misinformed and totally wrong, but that does not mean they should be evicted from the platform.
“I agree that it is false,” he said.

“I also think that going to someone who is a victim of Sandy Hook and telling them, “Hey, no, you’re a liar” — that is harassment, and we actually will take that down. But overall, let’s take this whole closer to home,” he said.

He then gave the example of people who deny that the Holocaust ever happened, saying that being Jewish, he found it profoundly unpleasant but that did not mean they should be thrown out of the platform, because people can and do get things wrong, including himself.

“I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” Zuckerberg said.

“It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly,” he said.

He continued: “I’m sure you do. I’m sure a lot of leaders and public figures we respect do too, and I just don’t think that it is the right thing to say, “We’re going to take someone off the platform if they get things wrong, even multiple times.”

He added: “What we will do is we’ll say, “Okay, you have your page, and if you’re not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive.” But that doesn’t mean that we have a responsibility to make it widely distributed in News Feed.”

2. He did not concur with the idea that there is no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

“Well, the evidence that we’ve seen is quite clear, that the Russians did try to interfere with the election,” said the CEO of Facebook.

He said that Facebook had informed the concerned government authorities before the elections that a group of Russian military intelligence hackers was trying to sabotage the elections by Phishing the accounts of members of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.

Here’s how he explained it.

“We’ve tried to cooperate with the government and the different investigations that are going on — they obviously have much more context than this. But what we saw, before the election, was this Russian hacking group, part of Russian military intelligence, that I guess our government calls APT28. They were trying to do more traditional methods of hacking: Phishing people’s accounts, just getting access to people’s accounts that way.

“We, around the time of the election, had given this context to the FBI. They’ve clearly gone much further now, at this point, in terms of putting the whole story together. You could see that in the indictments that Mueller just issued over the last week or so. That’s the part that I actually think we got and were on top of.”

3. Zuckerberg accepted full blame for the Cambridge Analytica data breach and said that if anyone should be fired for the fiasco, it has to be him.

Earlier this year Facebook witnessed a sharp dip in its share value in the wake of the massive “data breach” scandal involving British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

The company is believed to have misused information inappropriately gained from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate its client Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

When asked in the Recode interview if someone deserved to be fired for the Cambridge Analytica breach, he said:

“Well, I think it’s a big issue. But look, I designed the platform, so if someone’s going to get fired for this, it should be me. And I think that the important thing going forward is to make sure that we get this right. In this case, the most important steps, in terms of, to prevent this from happening again, we’d already taken in 2014 when we had changed dramatically the way that the platform worked.

“But overall, I mean, this is an important situation, and I think again it’s … This to me is an example of, you get judged by how you deal with an issue when it comes up. And I think on this one, we’ve done the right things, and many of them I think we’d actually done years ago to prevent this kind of situation from happening again.”

4. Zuckerberg was critical of China’s policies concerning social media, with specific reference to Facebook.

“They do not share the values that we have,” he said.

“You can bet that if the government hears word that it’s election interference or terrorism, I don’t think Chinese companies are going to wanna cooperate as much and try to aid the national interest there.”

Asked about his situation in China now, he said:

“I mean, we’re blocked. Over the long term. I think it’s hard to have a mission of wanting to bring the whole world closer together and leave out the biggest country.”

5. He thinks that Trump’s stand on immigration that has seen children getting separated from their parents at the U.S. border is “terrible.”

“It was terrible,” he said.

“Terrible,” he repeated for effect and to, probably, emphasize how abhorrent the whole situation was.

When asked if he did anything more in that regard than just donate money, he said:

“Yeah, well I mean, the good news here is because we’ve been working on FWD for so long, it has established a lot of the infrastructure that now … When a crisis comes up, you can’t just spin this stuff up immediately. So they’re in there and they’re able to help out.

“But I mean, talking about social utility, one of the really proud moments recently of working at this company was the fact that a couple of people could start a fundraiser to raise $1500, enough to bail one person out, and they ended up raising more than $20 million.

“And this thing just went viral, and I think it’s a great example of when you give people a voice what positive things can happen, both substantively in terms of the fundraiser and just the widespread show of support, I think, is also really meaningful. And I think a combination of that and a number of other things like that may have been what led the administration to backtrack on the policy there.”

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Facebook Will Hire 3,000 Staffers to Review Violent Content – Mark Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg said, recent videos including the horrific video of a man killing himself and his 11-month-old daughter in Thailand was “heartbreaking,” Just last week, we got a report that someone on Facebook Live was considering suicide, “We immediately reached out to law enforcement, and they were able to prevent him from hurting himself.”

In a Facebook post-Wednesday, said the company will add 3,000 people to its community operations team around the world in addition to the 4,500 it employs today to review “the millions of reports we get every week and improve the process for doing it quickly,”

“If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

In his Facebook post announcing the move, Zuckerberg acknowledged the recent string of violent videos that have raised questions about the company’s moderation practices:

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook—either live or in a video posted later. It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community.

Two videos of a Thai man killing his 11-month-old daughter in April were available for 24 hours before being removed and were viewed over 370,000 times. 

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said: “Keeping people safe is our top priority. We won’t stop until we get it right.”

Zuckerberg said Facebook workers review “millions of reports” every week. In addition to removing videos of crime or getting help for people who might hurt themselves, he said the reviewers will “help us get better at removing things we don’t allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation.”

There have been many horrifying incidents in recent months that were posted on Facebook. An Alabama man committed suicide on Facebook live last month, there were three Facebook Live-related suicides, including a 14-year-old girl in Miami who took her own life. On Easter Sunday, Cleveland man uploaded a clip showing himself shooting and killing a random 74-year-old man on the street.

Wednesday’s announcement is a clear sign that Facebook continues to need human reviewers to monitor content, even as it tries to outsource some of the work to software due in part to its sheer size and the volume of stuff people post.

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Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Create Global Utopia With Facebook

In a letter posted on Facebook this morning, Mark Zuckerberg plays savior as he addresses the global community with a 6000-word letter, outlining his growing concerns about the divided world we are living in and how Facebook can help create the perfect global community that is a win-win for all.

According to Facebook CEO, the world seems to be going in the opposite direction to the global community he had envisioned with the introduction of his social networking site.

With Trump pushing for stronger borders, his attempt to crackdown on immigrants with his Executive Order, and the U.K. opting out of the European Union he feels that the Facebook mission of keeping the world harmoniously connected is in jeopardy AND it is Facebook that can come to the rescue of the global communities.

“When we began, this idea was not controversial,” he explains. Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection.”

Zuckerberg goes on to talk about his fanciful and ambitious plans of creating a utopian world community by providing an ideal platform, read Facebook, to crack down on unwanted elements like terrorists, fake news and propaganda proponents with the help of technology such as Artificial Intelligence, new tools to “encourage thoughtful civic engagement” and “additional perspectives and information” in news feeds.

Don’t forget that Facebook and a few others were on the receiving end of some hard criticism on the role they played in the outcome of the US presidential election by encouraging fake news and propaganda on their social platforms.

Although Mark Zuckerberg had played down Facebook’s role in the eventual result of the 2016 election, “I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is they saw some fake news,” he had also gone on to say, “We have already launched work enabling our community to flag hoaxes and fake news, and there is more we can do here. We have made progress, and we will continue to work on this to improve further.”

Coming back to the letter, without speaking about the business aspects of Facebook, he talks about ways Facebook seeks to reverse the trend that is going against his “global community” vision.

He speaks about how Facebook could help people build “supportive communities”, “safe community”, “smart community”, “informed community”, “civically-engaged community”, and “inclusive community” and goes on to elaborate at length on each of these areas of concern.

Zuckerberg, however, does realize that elaborate plans such as the ones he has in mind will take a long time to implement and, perhaps, even longer to see them come to fruition. This, he makes very clear at the outset itself.

“This is a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact. I am reminded of my favorite saying about technology: “We always overestimate what we can do in two years, and we underestimate what we can do in ten years.” We may not have the power to create the world we want immediately, but we can all start working on the long term today. In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.

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Mark Zuckerberg Files Lawsuits Against Hawaiian Families Over Kauai Land

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame had purchased a 700-acre tract of beachfront land on the Hawaiian island of Kauai in 2014 for over $100 million with the intention of creating a private getaway for his family.

Small plots of the 700 acres of land in question are occupied by hundreds of local Hawaiian families handed down over generations as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Fourteen plots of over 8 acres of land are the disputed areas as they, allegedly, infringe on the tech billionaire’s private property. Last month Zuckerberg’s legal team started filing lawsuits against these plot owners, including some who are not alive anymore.

According to the Honolulu Star Advertizer, “Three Zuckerberg companies — Pilaa International LLC, Northshore Kalo LLC, and High Flyer LLC — filed eight quiet title lawsuits Dec. 30 in state Circuit Court on Kauai.”

A quiet title lawsuit basically means that a case is filed in a relevant court over ownership of disputed property.

In the Mark Zuckerberg case, the strategy adopted by his legal team is called the “quiet title and partition” lawsuit which requires the owners to sell their plots of disputed land to the highest bidder in a public auction.

Zuckerberg ordered a genealogical research in a bid to identify the owners of the 14 plots that traverse his property, who are supposed to be the descendants of the Kuleana farmers that were granted plots of land between 1850 and 1855. These owners also include descendants of those who purchased the disputed plots from the original farmers.

To clear up the controversies surrounding the lawsuits and the legal ownership, Mark Zuckerberg gave the following clarification in his Facebook post:

“The land is made up of a few properties. In each case, we worked with the majority owners of each property and reached a deal they thought was fair and wanted to make on their own.

“As with most transactions, the majority owners have the right to sell their land if they want, but we need to make sure smaller partial owners get paid for their fair share too.”

He goes on to explain in his post that the purpose of his lawsuits was not to deprive anybody of their rightful share and it was a fair deal because many owners who had a quarter to one percent entitlement on the land didn’t even know about their rights to ownership.

The lawsuits, he explains, were intended to identify the descendants of these part owners so that they could get their fair share of the sale amount.

“To find all these partial owners so we can pay them their fair share, we filed what is called a ‘quiet title’ action. For most of these folks, they will now receive money for something they never even knew they had. No one will be forced off the land.” He guaranteed in the post.

Seventy-two- year- old Carlos Andrade, a retired University of Hawaii professor in Hawaiian studies and one of the 300 descendants of Manuel Rapozo who had purchased four plots of land totaling about 2 acres, is helping Zuckerberg in identifying these descendants as a co-plaintiff.

According to Andrade, he is supporting Mark Zuckerberg in the case to ensure that his family property is not lost to the county. However, the expenditure involved in documenting Manuel Rapozo’s family tree and identifying what percentage of ownership was entitled to whom is one of the major issues he faces among others.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Personal Challenge for 2017 Begins With a Charity Visit to Dallas

Mark Zuckerberg is known for setting a personal challenge for himself at the beginning of each year with the intent to accomplish it before the year ends and set a new personal challenge for the following year.

His personal challenge for 2017 in his own words was “to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year,” a statement which has given rise to speculations about his political ambitions.

“My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.”

Well, his personal challenge for this year began with a trip to Dallas on Monday, January 16, 2017 – the starting point of his intended visit to 30 states, he hasn’t been to before, by the end of 2017.

His Dallas agenda was a combination of work and philanthropy. In his, Facebook post-Zuckerberg wrote, “The first state I’m visiting this year is Texas. I’m here in Dallas for work, but I’m also taking time to meet members of our Texas community over the next few days as part of my Year of Travel challenge.”

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According to his post, he spent Monday with members of the Oak Cliff community “planting a garden.” It was to mark the community’s “Day of Service” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Zuckerberg referred to Oak Cliff as a “food desert” and the garden he and the community members worked on was “going to be a source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community.”

Another agendum on his “service project” was interacting with some students from the TAG Magnet School in Oak Cliff, “one of the best public high schools in the country,” feels Mark Zuckerberg.

He seemed to be happy and impressed with the fact that computer science was a mandatory subject for every freshman at the TAG Magnet School.

“Every freshman at TAG is required to take computer science, and some of the students I talked to have already gotten into schools like MIT.”

He expressed his gratitude in his FB post to all the members of the community for sharing their experiences and to Taylor Toynes, especially, who has been a teacher at the W W Bushman Elementary School since August 2014 and is also a Community Impact Associate at Commit team, for inviting him.

“Service events like this are a great reflection of Dr. King’s spirit and his life’s work. And thanks to all of you who participated in a Day of Service in your community,” he added in his post honoring the work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Zuckerberg made it a point to include a visit to the Dallas Police Department in his “service project” agenda where he met with officers and exchanged views on how social media was impacting law enforcement.

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“The officers had good ideas for how we can help them connect with their communities to keep people safe, and I’ll be taking a lot of them back to our teams.” Zuckerberg wrote in an earlier post.

Taylor Toynes, who was host to Zuckerberg, wrote on his Facebook post “Today one of the richest men in the world walked one of the most poverty-stricken neighbourhoods in the city of Dallas.” He took the opportunity to thank Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team for taking time out to be there; however, he did not hesitate to add that “there is still much work to do.”

By choosing Dallas as the starting point of his 2017 “personal challenge,” Zuckerberg has killed two birds with a single stone, as, Tuesday, he has to testify in Dallas on a $2 billion lawsuit against him accusing him of obtaining the Oculus VR Company in 2014 on stolen technology.

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The Two-Year Limit Has a Workaround According to Provisions in the SEC

The reports about a restriction of two years on Mark Zuckerberg serving as a government functionary while remaining with Facebook, which he founded, was a misinterpretation of the STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) documents.

Therefore, the apprehensions that had been circulating for a while that Mark Zuckerberg may have to quit Facebook to serve in the U.S. Government for an indefinite period of time has been laid to rest.

The question (Will Zuckerberg have to quit Facebook to serve in United States government?) has been answered with proper reference to the United States STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC) documents.

A close and detailed scrutiny of the SEC documents by experts reveals that Zuckerberg has to fulfil only one of these two mandatory requirements below:

a. He needs to own enough Facebook stock – OR
b. Have the Facebook Board of Directors’ authorization (approval) to serve in the government

The third scenario would be to serve in the government for only two years should he fail or desist from meeting one of the two requirements for a life term government service – well, nobody would believe that Zuckerberg would be thrilled with the third option at his disposal.

In an earlier story on our website timelybuzz.com, titled “Mark Zuckerberg Builds AI Assistant for Home and Family” we had spoken about that particular achievement as one of his yearly resolves which he makes as a challenge to himself at the start of every year.

This is what he wrote on his Facebook post on Tuesday:

“Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside of my work. In recent years, I’ve run 365 miles, built a simple AI for my home, read 25 books and learned Mandarin.

My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year.”

Now, the idea of resolving to meet people of every state in the U.S. in 2017 reflects his political ambitions, as interpreted by many.

Now, with the two-year-time-limit dilemma out of the way, is his FB post a not-so-subtle hint about his political dreams? Well, most speculate that it probably is!

The inadvertent, hopefully, misreporting or rather the misinterpretation of the SEC by publications such as Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, and TechCrunch may have risen from the court findings of the text messages exchanged between Zuckerberg and Andreessen.

The messages talk about a debate on the two-year limit with no mention of the other two, more feasible, alternatives available. TechCrunch, however, has acknowledged the discrepancy and issued a correction.

Coming back to Mark Zuckerberg’s political ambitions, the challenge he has set for himself to meet people from all states, “My work is about connecting the world and giving everyone a voice. I want to personally hear more of those voices this year.”

Sounds like a politically motivated challenge he has set for himself in 2017 – and why not? The United States is a free country and Mark Zuckerberg is no ordinary personality.

You can read Zuckerberg’s full post on Facebook, if you haven’t already, and judge for yourself.

As far as the writer’s opinion is concerned, and I am sure many would agree, it is not a bad idea at all to have a talent like Mark Zuckerberg in the government.

However, it’s not going to be an easy job to earn the faith of the people who still have the fake news scandal fresh in their minds – but Mark Zuckerberg has proved that he thrives on challenges and he has the talent and wherewithal to meet his 2017 resolution.

The massive philanthropy initiatives he has taken along with his wife Priscilla Chan and her foundation, the “Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative”, show that he has a genuine concern for people.

He has all the requisites to be as successful in government as he has been in his various ventures.

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Mark Zuckerberg Builds AI Assistant for Home and Family

Over the years we have seen quite a few examples of science fiction of the past, also termed ‘future shocks’ by many, become the reality of the present, Artificial Intelligence included.

To put it in layman’s terms Artificial Intelligence is the creation of computer hardware and software that are capable of intelligent behaviour and can be programmed to mimic human intelligence like “learning” and “problem-solving.”

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an indispensable element in modern day technology, especially in the 21st century, the concept has been around for some time now.

However, like with many other technological realities of today, the successful creation and deployment of Artificial Intelligence has experienced its share of setbacks as well, its trials and travails can be traced as far back as the 1950s, or maybe even earlier.

Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg

In modern times Artificial Intelligence has been successfully integrated into many technologies like understanding human speech, gaming technologies, self-driving cars, to name a few – and ongoing research can and will find many other uses of this amazing technology.

Back in January Mark Zuckerberg made public his plan of coding a program with the help of Artificial Intelligence to perform basic day to day tasks for his home and family.

On January 4, 2016, Facebook post, Zuckerberg wrote:

“My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man”

In the Marvel-Comics- based Iron Man films franchise, Jarvis is the stylized form of J.A.R.V.I.S the acronym for “Just a Rather Very Intelligent System.

“I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home — music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I’ll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s [Maxima Chan-Zuckerberg, his daughter] room that I need to check on when I’m not with her.” He continued in his January post.

“This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year,” he concluded.

With the year nearing its end, the challenge he had set for himself has been realized with some degree of success as there is always further work involved to make such projects work at the optimum – some more tweaks and fine tuning, one would suppose, to make a perfect AI home assistant.

Daniel Terdiman, a San Francisco-based tech journalist with almost 2 decades of experience behind him, writes on fastcompany.com:


Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Jarvis’

“Zuckerberg has always enjoyed what he calls the “deterministic” nature of engineering—the element of being able to sit down and build something that does exactly what you want it to do.”

He goes on to say, “Often, Zuckerberg told me, he emerges from a coding session feeling much like he does when he studies Mandarin, the language he learned as his 2010 challenge. He feels like his brain is activated, on fire.”

Talking about the goal he had set for himself at the start of 2016, Zuckerberg writes in his December 19, post:

“So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max. It uses several artificial intelligence techniques, including natural language processing, speech recognition, face recognition, and reinforcement learning, written in Python, PHP and Objective C. In this note, I’ll explain what I built and what I learned along the way.”

He goes on to explain the technical aspects of his personal 2016 challenge of building the Artificial Intelligence assistant which he compares to Jarvis of Iron Man fame under the following headings:

* Getting Started: Connecting the Home
* Natural Language
* Vision and Face Recognition
* Messenger Bot
* Voice and Speech Recognition
* Facebook Engineering Environment
* Next Steps
* Conclusions

To know more about the points above refer to his post on Facebook.


However, world-renowned theoretical physicist Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists, told the BBC: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

Well, if he were to be believed, it’s a very scary prediction indeed for the human race

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Facebook Finally Takes Initiatives to Discourage Fake News

Soon after Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Facebook came under fire for causing the upset result by allowing the spread of fake news on its social networking site.

Initially reluctant to admit Facebook’s role in the poll results, which according to Mark Zuckerberg was a minuscule percentage and had no bearing on the election outcome, the world’s most popular social networking site has announced measures that would go a long way in discouraging the spread of hoaxes and fake news.

Although Facebook and Google had earlier announced their intentions of incorporating measures to disallow the spread of fake news on their respective platforms ( Read more Facebook and Google Come Down Hard on Fake News Websites ), Mark Zuckerberg’s most recent Facebook post in this regard speaks about incorporating meaningful measures to do away with hoaxes and fake news on his site.

Speaking broadly about the strategy being implemented, he wrote:

“Today we’re making it easier to report hoaxes, and if many people report a story, then we’ll send it to third-party fact-checking organizations. If the fact checkers agree a story is a hoax, you’ll see a flag on the story saying it has been disputed, and that story may be less likely to show up in News Feed. You’ll still be able to read and share the story, but you’ll now have more information about whether fact checkers believe it’s accurate. No one will be able to make a disputed story into an ad or promote it on our platform.”

According to information provided by Facebook’s newsroom http://newsroom.fb.com/ on December 15, they cannot act as “arbiters of truth” and hence the solution to the problem had to be approached carefully.

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Photo: Facebook

Basically, according to the update, there are four areas that need to be worked on “Easier Reporting,” “Flagging Stories as Disputed,” “Informed Sharing,” and, “Disrupting Financial Incentives for Spammers”.

On the “Easier Reporting” aspect of the four-pronged strategy, the Facebook team is experimenting different ways of making hoax and fake news reporting easier for users. Facebook believes that they have to rely heavily on the FB community to help it “detect more fake news.”

The other area of work in this regard is “Flagging Stories as Disputed.” Flagging a story as disputed, hoax or fake is not easy work; hence, third party involvement becomes essential.

“We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact-checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles,” writes Adam Mosseri, VP of News Feed.

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Photo: Facebook

In simple terms what this means is, once a news or story has been identified as disputed (fake, hoax) by the fact-finding third party, it will get flagged as ‘disputed.’

In addition, for better user understanding, one would guess, a link providing access to information on the “why” of the dispute, will also be provided.

“Informed Sharing,” is the third area of activity as far as Facebook’s endeavour toward tackling the menace is concerned. Again community involvement is of prime importance – Facebook can only indicate and warn.

Last, but by no means the least, is the “Disrupting Financial Incentives for Spammers” area that is being tackled on war footing. In fact, one is forced to think that this is the most important of the four because the monetary gain is the biggest reason for most disputed stuff on different sites, FB included.

“It’s important to us that the stories you see on Facebook are authentic and meaningful. We’re excited about this progress, but we know there’s more to be done. We’re going to keep working on this problem for as long as it takes to get it right,” concluded the FB newsroom piece on the subject.

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“Daring to do Great Things” Mark Zuckerberg in Lima, Peru”

Speaking at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Peru 2016, Mark Zuckerberg FB CEO, spoke about the future of our children, children of the world, and what we can do for them to “grow up in a world that is much, much better than our world today.”

He spoke about his “engineering mindset” being behind his conviction that one can take any system in the word and make it “much, much better than what it is today,” be it software, hardware, or organizations like companies, healthcare systems, education systems, and governments or anything for that matter.

Mark Zuckerberg referred to Pres. John F Kennedy as being an inspirational force, when back in 1962 he had claimed that man would land on the moon by the end of the decade which was thought to be impossible then.

However, it did happen and something “entirely new” was created, and it was instrumental in giving a boost to the economy. He went on to quote JFK, ‘it’s a time for greatness’

Mark Zuckerberg with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand.
Mark Zuckerberg with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister John Key of New Zealand during APEC conference. (credit: Mark Zuckerberg)

He was emphatic in his emphasis on giving people a voice by connecting them together. He spoke passionately about providing the tools to teachers and educational institutes to encourage personalized learning, which he believes has far more potential than the conventional education methodology.

He is looking forward to upgrading most of the 25000+ schools in America over the next ten years, by providing teachers with the tools and the software that would make personalized learning the way to go.

According to him, early results have indicated that with personalized learning students are able to learn 50% more each year which can “compound.”

Speaking on healthcare, another pet subject of MZ, he said that the U.S. invested 50 times more in treating the sick rather than finding cures. He wants the world to be free of most diseases, if not all, by the end of the century, and hopes that life expectancy will reach 100 years by then.

On Artificial Intelligence, he spoke about the progress Facebook is looking forward to making in the direction, and how AI could lead to further developments in education and medicine. He spoke about FB’s work in progress on solar-powered drones that could fly for months together, and provide access to the internet to remote areas of the world.

However, he was critical about the misuse of social media and denounced the spread of hatred, fake news and misinformation through such forums. He spoke about face book’s endeavor to end this by introducing new systems to counter the menace.

Zuckerberg’s address follows heavy criticism of the role FB played in the recently concluded presidential election. Critics have said Facebook did too little to crack down on fake news stories that are widely shared on the world’s largest social media platform and may have been the reason behind the huge upset. Zuckerberg has been very vocal in denying the role of FB in the outcome of the elections.

He appealed to the world leaders and the internet community to invest more in connectivity and the necessary infrastructure to achieve common goals of doing great things and enabling and sharing prosperity around the world.

He continued to stress on the importance of connecting people if we were to realize our hopes of making the world a better place to live in. In fact, he urged world leaders to sign the connectivity declaration that Facebook announced last year at the United Nations. He asked them to make a pledge that connectivity would be of topmost priority on their agenda.

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Facebook Is The Most Authoritative Force Online & Holds a Secret Empire.

The humble beginnings of Facebook launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, together with fellow Harvard College mates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, is a well known, written-about and read-about fact.

The same goes for the universal truth that now, in its 10th anniversary, Facebook has phenomenally grown into the largest social networking website on the planet with 1.79 billion monthly active users.

Without going into a detailed break-up of the 1.79 billion users, which is available on the PEW website, let’s discuss the benefits, drawbacks if any, and the future plans of Facebook and how it may impact the world.

Mark Zuckerberg has his eyes set on making Facebook a video first platform.
Mark Zuckerberg has his eyes set on making Facebook a video first platform.

Benefits to the average user across the world:
News feed, one of the most important products of Facebook according to Mark Zuckerberg himself, keep users updated with photos, videos, links, likes from people, status updates, app activities and much more.

The stories that are available to you on news feed relates mostly to your connections and activities on Facebook. However, FB offers you the option of changing your settings to your preference.

Primarily, connectivity with family and friends wherever they might be is the main reason why most people use Facebook, at least in my opinion.

It provides a great platform where you can chat, exchange info, share photos be updated about what’s going on in the lives of your near and dear ones, friends, colleagues and whoever you have on your friend’s list.

Last but, by no means, the least you can find school and college friends or a colleague you have not been in touch with for a long time. There are so many users who have found friends they thought they would never ever meet, or have any contact with ever again. Facebook made it possible.

Importance of Facebook to businesses:
To start with, you can provide your business name, contact details, and briefly describe the products or services you are offering. You can provide any additional information, like sharing info about your team, the background of your business or any other features of your business that can capture the interest of other Facebook users.

Facebook offers you one of the best platforms for low-cost marketing of your products or services and convenient interaction with existing and potential customers. It helps you in reputation management of your business by getting feedback on how your business is being assessed online, thereby, giving you the option of improvisation if there are negative feedbacks.

Your customers have the option of posting after-sales queries on your Facebook wall, which, you or your staff can address. Facebook has the potential to steer traffic to your website provided you have added your website link on your Facebook page.

New customer acquisition becomes easier because each time an FB user becomes the fan of an FB page a notice is automatically posted as a news item which, all the user’s friends can see.

Moreover, FB allows you targeted advertising by analyzing profile information of millions of users and reaching out to your target audience; the service, of course, has a cost attached to it. You can improve your brand awareness by encouraging existing and potential customers to like your FB page.

The advantages of Facebook by far exceeds the disadvantages people talk about – so, let’s not talk about them – they have the option and prerogative of not becoming Facebook users. It’s just like switching off the TV or switch over to another channel if you don’t like what is being shown.

What does Facebook have in store for you in the future?
The development of advanced artificial intelligence is one of Facabook’s biggest ever project. Let’s put it this way; with 1.79 billion active users and growing exponentially there won’t be enough human resource to power such a colossal network. Even if the required manpower is made available it will not be economically feasible.

The introduction of this technology will enable Facebook to enhance its reach and capabilities of its ever growing social network without affecting its profitability.

Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth
Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth

The second ambitious project of Facebook is virtual reality. The acquisition of Oculus VR in March 2014 at a cost of 2 billion dollars was exactly for this purpose. Following are the extracts from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post on March 26, 2014:

“…This is where Oculus comes in. They build virtual reality technology, like the Oculus Rift headset. When you put it on, you enter a completely immersive computer-generated environment, like a game or a movie scene or a place far away.

The incredible thing about the technology is that you feel like you’re actually present in another place with other people. People who try it say it’s different from anything they’ve ever experienced in their lives….”

“Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. I can’t wait to start working with the whole team at Oculus to bring this future to the world, and to unlock new worlds for all of us.”

The third ambitious venture of Facebook is bringing together the 4 billion people who are not yet connected to the internet or Facebook. To be able to achieve this gargantuan plan it may even require flying drones over villages and remote areas and beam down data via laser technology.

In September 2016 Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced a donation of 3 billion dollars to “cure all diseases” by the end of this century.

The donation, administered through the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) will enable large groups of scientists to work on this grand and noble plan and work on eradicating diseases rather than just finding a cure.

The future of Facebook and its users looks promising and it will not be too long before we see 4 billion active FB users. All the very best Mr. Zuckerberg!