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Technology Facebook rebrands as calls for government-led breakup continue

19:05  04 november  2019
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Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end

Facebook to name first oversight panel members by year-end BOSTON (AP) — Facebook says it expects to name the first members of a quasi-independent oversight board by year-end. The board will rule on thorny content issues, such as when a Facebook or Instagram post constitutes hate speech. The panel will be able to make binding rulings on whether posts or ads violate the company's standards. Critics call the oversight board a bid by Facebook to forestall regulation or even an eventual breakup. The company faces antitrust investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, Congress and a group of state attorneys general. Company officials say the board will eventually comprise 40 members, who will decide a few dozen cases a year.

Along with breaking up the company, the Facebook co-founder calls for the US to set up a government agency that’s dedicated to regulating tech With his op-ed, which is worth reading in its entirety, Hughes joins a growing number of lawmakers who are calling for the breakup of Facebook .

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Facebook introduced a new brand Monday: FACEBOOK.

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The company announced in a blog post that the new brand, which retains the name of the social network, would have a new logo to better indicate all the various products and services it now offers, including Instagram and WhatsApp.

"Today, we're updating our company branding to be clearer about the products that come from Facebook," Antonio Lucio, the company's chief marketing officer, wrote in the blog post. "We're introducing a new company logo and further distinguishing the Facebook company from the Facebook app, which will keep its own branding."

Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form a unity government together

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He also argued that simply breaking up Facebook would not be sufficient. “We need a new agency “Weak antitrust enforcement has led to a dramatic reduction in competition and innovation in the tech sector As a practical matter, a Facebook breakup won’t happen anytime soon, said Bill Kovacic, a

Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) calls to break up Facebook . When asked about her proposal for antitrust action Last week, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote an op-ed for The New York Times calling for the company Former vice president Joe Biden has been leading the Democratic pack

The timing of the move is notable because the company faces calls from politicians and consumer advocates for the government to break it up into various pieces.


"This brand change is a way to better communicate our ownership structure to the people and businesses who use our services to connect, share, build community and grow their audiences," Lucio wrote.

The new logo features Facebook in capitalized letters with "custom typography." The company said the new brand would appear on Instagram, WhatsApp and its other offerings.

Google made a similar move in 2015, but called its new parent company Alphabet and restructured its company to make Google a subsidiary.

Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers .
Amnesty International issued a scathing indictment of the world’s dominant internet corporations, arguing in a new report that Google and Facebook should be forced to abandon what it calls their surveillance-based business model because it is “predicated on human rights abuse.” The global rights group said in the 60-page report published Thursday that the business model of what it calls the “Surveillance Giants” is “inherently incompatible with the right to privacy.” Google and Facebook likewise threaten a range of other rights, including freedom expression and the right to equality and non-discrimination, the group said.

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