The Facebook fiasco

NY Times – Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Facebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash.

This account of how Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg navigated Facebook’s cascading crises, much of which has not been previously reported, is based on interviews with more than 50 people. They include current and former Facebook executives and other employees, lawmakers and government officials, lobbyists and congressional staff members. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity because they had signed confidentiality agreements, were not authorized to speak to reporters or feared retaliation.

Facebook declined to make Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg available for comment. In a statement, a spokesman acknowledged that Facebook had been slow to address its challenges but had since made progress fixing the platform.

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  1. The Consultant

     /  November 16, 2018

    Kudos to @nytimes

    The NYT, like all other MSM, have had their advertising revenue gutted by Facebook and Google in the last decade, so it’s in their interest to try and take FB down a few notches.

    As Henry Kissinger said of the Iran-Iraq war, “It’s a shame they can’t both lose.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  November 16, 2018

    I keep being sent friend offers from people I have never heard of. The Greek and Russian clergy are tailing off now, but not the others. Why is FB sending these out?

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    • Gezza

       /  November 16, 2018

      I dunno. I have the same problem. Everybody does. It’s something the bastards don’t let you have any setting to turn it off with. They’ll be making lotsa moolah somehow from these streams or unwanted “friend” (or as I call them now, “fiend”) suggestions.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  November 17, 2018

        I can’t think how.

        I was having untold Orthodox clergy who probably haven’t the slightest wish to know me, let alone befriend me. I was able to work out some of the names from the Greek and Russian and think that I may have known one or two in the past, but it seems that FB is sending me every O’x clergyman in the world. They are running out now, but I have lists of strangers….has it always been this bad? I seldom look at FB. and don’t remember it being so intrusive in the past.

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