Elon Musk Deletes SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Pages

Elon Musk says Facebook gives him “the willies.”

The SpaceX and Tesla founder is the latest prominent figure to join in the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon. In a series of tweet replies, he said he will delete the Facebook pages of his two companies.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook gained traction in light with the latest issue that Facebook is in right now.

When Whatsapp cofounder Brian Action tweeted “It is time. #deletefacebook”, Musk replied sarcastically “What is Facebook?”

One Twitter user then asked him about deleting SpaceX’s Facebook page.

Musk responded: “I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.”

Another Twitter user pointed out Tesla’s existing Facebook page, asking if would be deleted too.

“Definitely,” Musk replied. “Looks lame anyway.”

Both pages disappeared within minutes after his tweets.

The Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages weren’t “lame” in terms of followers though. Each page had over 2.6 million Likes and Follows and had very high engagement rates. If you’re one of those followers who was sad to see the pages go, you can still find their photos and video on Flickr , YouTubeTwitter and Instagram.

And speaking of Instagram, one Twitter user pointed out to Musk that Facebook also owns the photo-sharing app.

“Instagram’s probably ok imo, so long as it stays fairly independent. I don’t use FB and never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so a don’t care,” he replied.

“We’ve never advertised with FB,” Musk added. “None of my companies buy advertising or pay famous people to fake endorse. Product lives or dies on its own merits.”

According to the tech mogul however, the deletion of his companies’ pages isn’t a political statement. Nor was it just a response to some random challenge.

“It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry,” Musk tweeted.

Facebook Tweak In Algorithm Won’t Cause A ‘Doomsday’ To Publishers

When the news was out that Facebook would implement changes on its news feed, it raises serious issues from the media and publishers. But the social media giant said that its latest algorithm would not cause any detrimental effects.


Facebook earlier said that it would tweak its algorithm to further highlights the content shared by families and friends. The company called this as “meaningful social interactions”, but nobody knows how these would affect all users connected by Facebook.


Facebook Tweak In Algorithm Will Bring More Traffic To Pages?


But a Facebook official allayed fears of the publishers, saying that a tweak at Facebook’s algorithm could actually bring more traffic to pages or groups.


Adam Mosseri, Facebook vice president of Newsfeed, confirmed this in an interview with Stratechery.


“So if you and I had a back and forth conversation on a post from a Page, that would actually count as a meaningful social interaction,” Mosseri told Stratechery. “So it’s more about the interactions between people and less about just the consumption of content from friends,” he added.


He added that the recent decision of Facebook to tweak its algorithm was not to combat “fake news.” He said that the social media observed that more videos were posted on the platform.


Hence, he stressed that it wants to ensure that the flood of contents wouldn’t overwhelm the social interactions, a philosophy that Facebook espoused since its inception.


“Video by nature is very passive,” Mosseri said. “So while you’re watching a video on Facebook you don’t tend to comment a lot, like a lot, or talk with your friends a lot, or read articles for that matter.”


“So we hope that the time spent on Facebook, though overall it will go down, is time well-spent or time better spent,” Mosseri said.

Facebook Is Making A Big Change In Your Newsfeed

Social media giant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced this week that it will impose changes in the users’ news feed. The move is part of the changes that Facebook wants to improve amid the growing controversy over the role it played to the people.


With this Facebook users will seeing more status updates coming from their friends and their family. Obviously, the social media giant wants to see a meaningful social experience rather than passively scrolling updates on your timeline or perhaps watching videos.


Facebook shifts from toxic content to meaningful social interactions


In a public post on Thursday, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote that brands and media are crowding its social media platform.


“Recently we’ve gotten feedback from our community that public content – posts from businesses, brands and media – is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other,” Zuckerberg said.


The Facebook CEO said he wants more relevant content to have more meaningful interactions.


“I’m changing the goal I give our product teams from focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions,” Zuckerberg added.


Also, he further anticipates that more than 2 billion Facebook users would eventually spend less time watching videos online.


“The research shows that when we use social media to connect with people, we care about, it can be good for our well-being,” Zuckerberg wrote.


“We can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long-term measures of happiness and health. On the other hand, passively reading articles or watching videos – even if they’re entertaining or informative – may not be as good,” he said.


In the past, Zuckerberg’s company was dragged in several controversies for allowing fake contents flowing through Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg: Fixing Facebook Is A ‘Personal Challenge’ For 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that he would take a personal challenge this year to fix the social media platform he founded. It cannot be denied that Mark Zuckerberg is the face of Facebook where millions of users across the globe are using.


The social media platform he founded faced various challenges in 2017. Zuckerberg has acknowledged that and it’s the reason why his personal challenges became news.


Zuckerberg’s challenge for 2018


“Today feels a lot like that first year. The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do – whether it’s protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.


The Facebook CEO said that he would be focusing on efforts to fix the social media platform. He, however, promise that Facebook won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but “we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools. If we’re successful this year, then we’ll end 2018 on a much better trajectory.”


Last year, Zuckerberg expressed his intention to meet and listen to all the people in the United States. Back in 2014, he was able to learn the Mandarin language, and in 2016, he personally built a personal Artificial Intelligence for his own residence.


Of all his achievements, the most interesting thing that he did was when he was able to read 25 books. But despite all these achievements, Facebook is still facing a lot of challenges and a barrage of criticisms, particularly of how it handled the fake news.


“This may not seem like a personal challenge on its face, but I think I’ll learn more by focusing intensely on these issues than I would by doing something completely separate,” Zuckerberg wrote.


“These issues touch on questions of history, civics, political philosophy, media, government, and of course technology. I’m looking forward to bringing groups of experts together to discuss and help work through these topics,” he added.

Filipinos up in arms as cybercrime law takes effect

Filipinos are up in arms as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which criminalizes hacking, spamming, file-sharing, identity theft and online trafficking, has taken effect.

The last minute addition to the Cybercrime law that punishes individuals who post libelous statements and those who help propagate the latter has made netizens cry foul (get the expert criminal lawyer in Kitchener consultation to find out more details).

Under this new law, members of social networking accounts should be careful to post status updates, comments on posts, tweet and etc. because they can be sued for libel. Stiff penalties could be met by those found guilty including a jail time of up to 12 years and a fine of $24,000.

The lone Senator who voted against the passage of the bill, Senator Teofisto Guingona III said, ‘Suddenly, I can be punished for expressing critical thought online or allowing my Facebook friends to do the same on my own page. With this law, even Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, can be charged with cyber-libel!”

A few days before the law went into effect, a group calling themselves Anonymous Philippines has been attacking a number of government websites in their disgust..

A number of Filipino Facebook members have changed their profile photos and cover photos to a simple black image as a sign of their protest.

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The Winklevoss twins are back!

“The band is back together.”

This was what Tyler Winklevoss said during a lunch interview with the Wall Street Journal. Together with his brother Cameron and Divya Narendra, Tyler proclaimed that they are going at it once again after the three of them inked a deal to support SumZero which Narendra and a fellow Harvard alum Aalap Mahadevia founded.

If you watched the 2010 film “The Social Network” then these three might be familiar to you.

Narendra and the Winklevoss twins met during their college days to discuss a new way of connecting fellow Harvard students. The idea of Harvard Connection was born. The name changed to ConnectU which features Mark Zuckerberg as one of the site’s designers.

The following year, Zuckerberg founded Facebook and moved out of the group, thus the start of a long tedious legal battle which ended with Zuckerberg settling the dispute and paid the Winklevoss twins with $20 million in cold hard cash and $45 million of Facebook private stock.

Sum Zero.com enables investors to be members only if they work on the “buy side”.

According to Narendra, “We’re offering the site as an alternative to sell-side research.”

Will this investment by the Winklevoss twins turn up to buy another gold mine?

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Instagram breaks the 100 million mark

How many individuals are there who are fond of sharing their photos on photo-sharing site Instagram?

Being the most popular site in all those who offer photo-sharing services, Instagram has amassed millions of followers. But just how many?

If we base it on Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement, Instagram has crossed the 100 million user mark.

Zuckerberg told those who attended the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, “They’re this super-talented bunch of engineers, they just crossed 100 million users.

“They’re just killing it, he added.

Last July, Instagram had only 80 million users. This an increase of 10 million new users per month since that time.

Instagram’s soaring numbers may have been because it has opened its doors to Android users. It was formerly exclusive for iOS users.

But Zuckerberg isn’t finished and he wants more.

“We want to help them grow to hundreds of millions of users,” he said.

He also vowed to integrate Instagram to the Facebook infrastructure since it is now being owned by the social networking giant officially, allowing anyone who got Instagram Likes on the platform to display this on their Facebook accounts.

But during his speech, he always used the word “they” rather than “we” to describe the Instagram team. This implies that he is giving the Instagram team a free hand on what developments to do.

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Facebook now officially owns Instagram

Instagram is now officially a part of the Facebook family. This after the social networking giant completed its billion dollar buy-out of the photo sharing service.

According to Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, “Very excited to announce that we’re now officially joining the Facebook family.”

“I’m psyched for the next chapter of this long journey,” he exclaimed.

The Facebook-Instagram deal met some harsh times as American regulators investigated the deal. It was only last month that they closed the investigation.

According to Marck Zuckerberg, “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.”

Although now owned by Facebook, Instagram will work on its own. According to RFK Solutions Ltd, this is a great move by the company as employees of the photo sharing app can continue to develop and improve the services of Instagram.

Mike Schroper, vice president of Facebook noted, “So many of us at Facebook love using Instagram to share moments with our friends. That’s why we’re so excited to bring Instagram to Facebook and swee what we can create together.”

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Facebook releases “Instagram-like” app

Facebook is at the headlines once again as the company released a new camera app that enables people to take “Instagram-like” photographs that can be shared with iPhones.

According to product manager of Facebook Camera, Dirk Stoop, this new mobile app “makes using Facebook photos faster and easier.”

He added, “You’ll see a feed to great photos from the people you care about. You can swipe to see more of any album or tap to enlarge an individual photo.”

One great feature of the Facebook Camera is that this app makes uploading photos to Facebook easier and faster. This app can let you upload multiple photos simultaneously, instead of uploading them one at a time.

It is good to note that Facebook bought a similar application about a month ago. The company bought Instagram to the sum of a billion dollars to strengthen their stance against other companies such as Google and others.

Mark Zuckerberg said, “For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interest.”

The Facebook Camera app is available at Apple’s App Store.

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Facebook buys startup Glancee

Mark Zuckerberg and his cohorts are at it again. This time, instead of buying a big name in the online world, they are acquiring an upstart.

Just a few weeks after Facebook acquired Instagram, the company has again went to shop and shop they did. They acquired the smartphone application for finding like-minded individuals nearby.

Analysts say that this move by the social networking giant is a talent grab rather than an app grab.

Glancee said in their Website, “We started Glancee in 2010 with the goal of bringing together the best of your physical and digital worlds. We wanted to make it easy to discover the hidden connections around you, and to meet interesting people.”

“We are therefore excited to announce that Facebook has acquired Glancee and that we have joined the team in Melo Park to build great products for over 900 million Facebook users,” they added.

Glancee’s application was removed from Apple’s online App Store last weekend.

The terms of the purchase was not disclosed but it is believed that it would be far less than what Facebook paid for Instagram.

Facebook executives are currently scouring the United States this week in an intense marketing drive ahead of the company’s trading launch.

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