This past Thursday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released his letter called "Building Global Community" in which he outlines his vision for creating a better world through Facebook. The document covers an incredible breath of topics, but in light of Facebook's activities around China, it also offers a frightening 1984-like vision of what the future may hold for dissidents and those who hold views outside of the government-approved mainstream. This past November the New York Times reported that Facebook has been investing heavily on both political and technological fronts in an attempt to finally tap into China's more than 1.4 billion citizens. From a technology standpoint, it has allegedly "quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people's news feeds in specific geographic areas" in which a Chinese partner would have access to the realtime list of trending topics and stories and could block those posts from ever appearing to Chinese citizens (rather than deleting them after they have already been posted and spread). The Times emphasizes that while Mark Zuckerberg himself has allegedly personally "supported and defended" the program, it has not yet been deployed in any fashion and remains at this time only a technology prototype.
Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave two days of testimony to U.S. lawmakers and for his appearance on Capitol Hill, he forsook his customary t-shirt and hoodie for a tailored suit and a shirt and tie. Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that Zuckerberg is now part of the establishment and as such will need to change his "uniform."
Two of the technology industry's most powerful leaders are at odds when it comes to artificial intelligence. Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday called Musk's dire warnings overblown and described himself as "optimistic." "People who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios -- I don't understand it," Zuckerberg said while taking questions via a Facebook Live broadcast. Musk's electric car company is using the technology to enhance self-driving features in its vehicles.
Mark Zuckerberg has willed himself into becoming a global phenomenon. Facebook is a nearly 16,000-employee media powerhouse worth $350 billion and also an advertising-technology juggernaut on track for annual revenues of $27 billion in 2016 and gaudy profits of $7 billion. Its core product has almost 1.8 billion users, and Zuckerberg has shrewdly assembled a portfolio of properties to buttress Facebook. Zuckerberg is rightly recognized for his outsize success. Nevertheless, he is surprisingly underappreciated for his business acumen.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mark Zuckerberg would not retain his iron grip on Facebook should he leave the giant social network under a proposal from the board of directors. The Facebook board is asking shareholders to vote on the proposal that would deny Zuckerberg voting control if he is no longer running Facebook at the annual meeting on June 20. The proposal would ensure "that we will not remain a founder-controlled company after we cease to be a founder-led company," the board said in a filing. Under the current agreement, Zuckerberg would be able to exercise voting control even if leaves the company. Zuckerberg would also be allowed to pass on those shares, and conceivably his majority voting control, to his descendants after he dies.