In her first public address since she leaked a trove of damaging documents about Facebook’s inner workings, whistleblower Frances Haugen urged her former boss, Mark Zuckerberg, to step down and allow change rather than devoting resources to a rebrand.
“I think it is unlikely the company will change if [Mark Zuckerberg] remains the CEO,” Haugen told a packed arena on Monday at the opening night of the Web Summit, a tech fest drawing dozens of thousands to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
The former Facebook product manager replied in the positive to the question of whether Zuckerberg should resign, and added: “Maybe it’s a chance for someone else to take the reins… Facebook would be stronger with someone who was willing to focus on safety.”
The social network, with nearly 3 billion users, changed its name to Meta last week, in a rebrand that focuses on building the “metaverse,” a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet.
But early adopters of the virtual worlds known as the metaverse blasted Facebook’s rebranding as an attempt to capitalise on growing buzz over a concept it did not create to deflect from recent negative attention.
Commenting on the rebranding, Haugen said it made no sense given the security issues that have yet to be tackled.
“Over and over Facebook chooses expansion and new areas instead of sticking the landing on what they’ve already done,” Haugen told an animated crowd which frequently burst into applause as she spoke.
Facebook’s announcement came amid strong criticism from lawmakers and regulators over the corporation’s business practices – particularly its enormous market power, algorithmic decisions and the policing of abuses on its services.
The social media network, which operates a dual class share structure through which Zuckerberg and a small group of investors control the company, has hit back saying the documents leaked by Haugen were being used to paint a “false picture.”
Haugen told British and American lawmakers last month that Facebook would fuel more violent unrest worldwide unless it curbed its algorithms which push extreme, divisive content and prey on vulnerable demographics to keep them scrolling.
“A key problem is that the foundation of the platform’s security is based on monitoring content language by language, which does not scale to all the countries where Facebook operates,” Haugen noted.
(Reporting by Catarina Demony, Clara-Laeila Laudette and Supantha Mukherjee in Lisbon; editing by Aurora Ellis)
Media Advisory: Premier Furey to Make Announcement on North Atlantic Refinery – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, will make an announcement regarding the North Atlantic Refinery in St. John’s tomorrow (Tuesday, November 30).
The event will take place in the media centre, East Block, Confederation Building at 10:00 a.m.
Prior to the announcement, a technical briefing for media will be provided at 9:30 a.m. An embargoed copy of the presentation will be provided to registered media prior to the briefing.
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Stolen vehicle leads to arrests
The recovery of a stolen vehicle Sunday afternoon led to three arrests and the discovery of a second stolen vehicle.
Approximately 12:30 p.m., the Guelph Police Service received information about two vehicles stolen from the Fergus area. One of the vehicles was tracked through a cellphone inside the vehicle and located in a parking lot near Stone Road West and Edinburgh Road South.
Police began conducting surveillance and approximately 1:10 p.m. arrested a male who had been caught on video exiting the vehicle. A short time later the other two parties were observed exiting a taxi in a parking lot in the immediate area and were arrested.
Two Guelph males, aged 33 and 28, and a 22-year-old Guelph female face various charges including occupying a stolen motor vehicle, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and breaching court orders. They were all released with upcoming court dates.
During the investigation, police recovered a second vehicle which had been reported stolen from the Fergus area a few hours earlier. The vehicle was turned over to the OPP for further investigation.
Teen charged after PSW assaulted
A Guelph teenager faces charges after a personal support worker was assaulted Saturday.
Approximately 9:20 a.m. the victim called police from a residence in the city’s south end. She advised her client smashed a glass over her head and threatened her with a knife.
Officers arrived minutes later and observed the victim bleeding from a gash near her eye. The teen yelled at police from a bedroom window while holding a knife. Officers were able to deescalate the situation and convinced the teen to drop the knife and come outside. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment.
A 15-year-old is charged with assault with a weapon, mischief and uttering threats. He will appear in a Guelph court January 12, 2022.
Waterloo male charged with impaired following collision
A Waterloo male is charged with impaired driving following a single-vehicle collision in downtown Guelph early Sunday.
Approximately 2:30 a.m., Guelph Police Service officers on patrol discovered the collision at Norfolk Street and Cork Street East. A vehicle had mounted the curb and struck a light pole.
A male approached officers and admitted he was the driver and that the car was his father’s. The male had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was showing signs of impairment, including bloodshot eyes and poor fine motor skills.
He failed a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.
A 24-year-old Waterloo male is charged with impaired operation and driving without a valid insurance card. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court December 17, 2021.
The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to always consume alcohol and cannabis responsibly. Please don’t drive if you are going to consume alcohol or cannabis, and please ensure that you plan ahead so that you have a safe ride home.
Male broke into downtown church
A Guelph male faces charges after breaking into a downtown church late last week.
Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, staff from the church called police to report a break and enter. Staff had arrived to find items in the basement kitchen out of place. Officers responded and located a male sleeping in a basement storage room.
The male was searched and found to be in possession of items from various areas of the church, including jewelry from a lost and found and keys.
A 23-year-old Brantford male is charged with break, enter and theft and mischief. He will appear in a Guelph court January 11, 2022.
Two catalytic converters stolen
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after catalytic converters were stolen from work vans at a Guelph business last week.
Just after 9 a.m. Friday, police were called to a business on Woodlawn Road West near Royal Road. Staff had arrived at work to find the exhaust components had been removed from two vans in their lot sometime overnight.
The company was quoted more than $9,000 to repair each van.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Ryan Horvat at 519-824-1212, ext. 7485, email him at email@example.com, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Total calls for service in the last 72 hours – 569
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