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“Just not true” – Zuckerberg responds to claim Facebook put profits over safety

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The boss of the world’s biggest social media giant has responded to claims made by a whistleblower stating they are ‘just not true’

Mark Zuckerberg has responded in a video to claims made by a former employee who blew the whistle on the social media company earlier this week, stating that Facebook puts profits before hate speech.

Zuckerberg posted a staunch defense of his company Facebook in a note to employees

He says recent claims by an ex-employee about the social network’s impacts on society “don’t make any sense.”

On Tuesday, a former Facebook product manager named Frances Haugen, testified before Congress about a trove of internal documents she gave to The Wall Street Journal.

On Tuesday, a former Facebook product manager named Frances Hogan testified before Congress about a trove of internal documents she gave to The Wall Street Journal.

She claimed that Facebook puts profits before doing anything about hate speech spread on its platform.

In the statement to staff, the Facebook boss stated that many of the claims “don’t make any sense”, pointing to their efforts in fighting harmful content, establishing transparency and creating “an industry-leading research program to under these important issues”.

Facebook is the world’s most popular social media site. The company says it has 2.7 billion monthly active users. Hundreds of millions of people also use the company’s other products, including WhatsApp and Instagram.

The platform though has been criticised for everything from failing to protect users’ privacy to not doing enough to halt the spread of disinformation.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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BuzzFeed to use ChatGPT-created content on website

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BuzzFeed is set to go by on A.I-generated content, with the company to use ChatGPT to create content for the site

The media giant plans to use the service to generate quizzes and further personalise its user experience.

“If the past 15 years of the internet have been defined by algorithmic feeds that curate and recommend content, the next 15 years will be defined by AI and data helping create, personalise and animate the content itself,” BuzzFeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti recently said.

BuzzFeed recently announced that it would be cutting 12 per cent of its workforce to rein in costs.

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Twitter updates font on mobile & web versions

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Have you noticed something different about Twitter?

 
Well, the social media giant has changed the font on its web and mobile app.

Apple users, sorry, you’re stuck with the old one.

It’s unclear why Twitter made the change, but it may have to do with spotting impersonators.

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Justice Department & states sue Google in anti-trust lawsuit

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The Department of Justice and a handful of states have sued Google over the company’s dominance in the digital ad space.

 
This is the second anti-trust lawsuit the D.O.J. has filed against Google.

The D.O.J. and states are seeking to unwind Google’s alleged anti-competitive acquisitions in the advertising space, as part of the joint case.

“We alleged that Google has used anti-competitive exclusionary and unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press conference.

“Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, & unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its [digital ad] dominance.”

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