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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Spent $419 million on Non-Profits in Run up to Election

Mark Zuckerberg spent $419 million on non-profit organizations in the run-up to the elections. His targeted spending helped to get the Dem vote out.

Analysis of the election suggests that the money significantly increased democratic votes in key swing states.

For example, funded by Zuckerberg,  the Center for Technology and Civic Life was meant to assist voters during the pandemic. But analysis has found their work heavily favored getting the Dem vote out.

Read More: New York Post

Zuckerberg Wants Churches to Go Online

Mark Zuckerberg is incentivizing church-goers to permanently switch to Facebook as their means of connecting with God. The tech giant is building relationships with church leaders, who have used the social media platform during the pandemic. They hope the churches will switch their church activities online.

Reportedly, Facebook and Hillsong Church, Georgia have been in discussions over the pandemic, to see what church online could look like.

“Together, we are discovering what the future of the church could be on Facebook,” said Sam Collier, Hillsong’s pastor.

Read More: Breitbart

Mark Zuckerberg to Usher in the “Metaverse”

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has announced the future direction of the social media giant. He is seeking to create what he calls the Metaverse. This is an interconnected set of experiences, which would span every area of society from social, work, and entertainment.

Discussing the metaverse, Zuckerberg told the Verge:

This is a big topic. The metaverse is a vision that spans many companies — the whole industry. You can think about it as the successor to the mobile internet. And it’s certainly not something that any one company is going to build, but I think a big part of our next chapter is going to hopefully be contributing to building that, in partnership with a lot of other companies and creators and developers. But you can think about the metaverse as an embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content — you are in it. And you feel present with other people as if you were in other places, having different experiences that you couldn’t necessarily do on a 2D app or webpage, like dancing, for example, or different types of fitness.

I think a lot of people, when they think about the metaverse, they think about just virtual reality — which I think is going to be an important part of that. And that’s clearly a part that we’re very invested in, because it’s the technology that delivers the clearest form of presence. But the metaverse isn’t just virtual reality. It’s going to be accessible across all of our different computing platforms; VR and AR, but also PC, and also mobile devices and game consoles. Speaking of which, a lot of people also think about the metaverse as primarily something that’s about gaming. And I think entertainment is clearly going to be a big part of it, but I don’t think that this is just gaming. I think that this is a persistent, synchronous environment where we can be together, which I think is probably going to resemble some kind of a hybrid between the social platforms that we see today, but an environment where you’re embodied in it.

Zuckerberg later added:

And I guess one broader point that I’d make here is, one lesson that I’ve taken from running Facebook over the last five years is that I used to think about our job as building products that people love to use. But you know, now I think we just need to have a more holistic view of this. It’s not enough to just build something that people like to use. It has to create opportunity and broadly be a positive thing for society in terms of economic opportunity, in terms of being something that, socially, everyone can participate in, that it can be inclusive. So we’re really designing the work that we’re doing in the space with those principles from the ground up. This isn’t just a product that we’re building. It needs to be an ecosystem. So the creators who we work with, the developers, they all need to be able to not only sustain themselves, but hire a lot of folks.

 

Zuckerberg, top Facebook Executive, Admits they hace “too Much Power”

Project Veritas obtained leaked video showing top executives at Facebook admitting they have too much power, and expressing their willingness to work with Biden.

“In his first day, President Biden has already issued a number of executive orders on areas that we as a company really care quite deeply about,” Zuckerberg says in a compilation video of his recorded remarks from Jan. 21. “I think that these were all important and positive steps, and I am looking forward to opportunities where Facebook is going to be able to work together with this new administration on some of their top priorities, starting with the COVID response.”

In the video former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, acknowledges world leaders who have hit out at Facebook’s decision to ban President Trump from the social media platform.

Read More: Fox News

Twitter Hides the President’s Tweet Ahead of Polling Day

The night before America takes to the pools Twitter hides a tweet from the President.

In the tweet the President said that the Supreme Court decision to allow more time for postal ballots to arrive in Pennsylvania as “very dangerous.”

Election Tweet President Trump

Facebook did not hide the post, but added a warning message: “Both voting by mail and voting in person have a long history of trustworthiness in the US. Voter fraud is extremely rare across voting methods.”

Read More: BBC

Facebook Adds Labels in Wake of Major Advertisers Boycott

Unilever has joined the growing list of major companies boycotting the social media site. The companies are called on Facebook and other social media platforms, like Twitter, to be more proactive in removing content deemed harmful.

Unilever has said that they will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, at least through 2020. In a statement they said: “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society,” the maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, said.” We will revisit our current position if necessary.”

In response Facebook have announced they will add labels to posts that could be deemed harmful, but is also regarded newsworthy. They cited examples of a news piece that may directly quote a politician saying something that could be harmful, but taken in the context of a news article is regarded as news.

“A handful of times a year, we leave up content that would otherwise violate our policies if the public interest value outweighs the risk of harm,” Mark Zuckerberg said. “Often, seeing speech from politicians is in the public interest, and in the same way that news outlets will report what a politician says, we think people should generally be able to see it for themselves on our platforms.

“We will soon start labelling some of the content we leave up because it is deemed newsworthy, so people can know when this is the case,” he said.

Read More: BBC

Period Tracking Apps Sharing a Ton of Data with Facebook

Many women use various period tracking apps to help them  monster their monthly cycles. These apps record  highly intimate information about these women, not merely when their period is due, but information about their sex lives, whether or not they want to have a baby, their moods, if they have unprotected sex, and about their general health.

Many of these apps  integrate Facebook’s Software Developer Kit (SDK) which allows Facebook to harvest this data and then pass it on to their extensive advertising network and third party analytics network.

Read More: Mashable

Big Techs Economic Goals: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.

In her new book Shoshana Zuboff, Professor at Harvard Business School, outlines the goals of the tech giants like Google and Facebook. Zuboff argues that their “goal is to automate us” by trading in our personal experiences as their raw material. She says we are now in an age of surveillance capitalism.

In an interview with Democracy Now Zuboff explains what this means:

Read More: The Guardian