Netflix employees were personally affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's attempt to ban people entering from seven Muslim countries, the company's CEO said Tuesday. Reed Hastings has been a critic of the temporary travel ban, which Trump hopes to revive in a revised form this week, and told The Associated Press on Tuesday that some of his co-workers had gotten caught up in it. "We had Iranian and Iraqi employees who were unable to come to work," he said on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry's biggest annual gathering held in Barcelona, Spain. Netflix was among dozens of tech companies that publicly opposed the travel ban out of fear that it would stifle innovation. U.S. politics has become as gripping as a TV drama but Hastings says that Netflix, the distributor of the show "House of Cards," is not planning a show based on Trump.
Founder and CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings smiles during a keynote at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Twenty to fifty years from now, when "you're starting to get into some serious AI," Reed Hastings isn't sure whether Netflix is going to be entertaining you or entertaining the artificially intelligent bots. And if virtual reality takes off we'll adapt to that, if it becomes contact lenses that have amazing powers we'll adapt to that." Hasting's appearance at the mobile industry's signature trade shindig was largely focused on Netflix' experiences globally. Last January, Netflix expanded to 130 countries and is now just about everywhere, with one big exception -- China.
Facebook removed today hundreds of pages and accounts that have been linked to employees of Sputnik, a news agency based in Moscow. The social network said the accounts engaged in political influence campaigns across the Baltics, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern European countries. Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, said the Sputnik network posed as independent news agencies or ran general interest pages on topics like weather, travel, sports, and economics. In some cases, these accounts managed by Sputnik employees also posed as politicians in other countries, such as Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. The Sputnik network often posted on topics aimed to spur an anti-NATO sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption debates, aiming to cause political and civil unrest in the countries they targeted, with the aim of destabilizing established values.
Netflix has already made us suspicious of every piece of technology in our lives thanks to the nightmare fuel known as Black Mirror, but the streaming service's new series hopes to make us especially paranoid about dating apps. Osmosis is Netflix's second French original series (after Marseille), which is set in a near-future version of Paris. SEE ALSO: Things you imagine when you watch too much'Black Mirror' In the new show, technology has conquered the last frontier: decoding true love. Digging deep into its users' brain data, the new dating app "OSMOSIS" can find a perfect match with 100% accuracy, turning the concept of an absolute soulmate into a reality. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide who you will love?