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Facebook vs. the internet cesspool: The ugly fight of our ugly times

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Where platforms, social technology, and the internet at large are concerned, over its brief history, Facebook's been the exception to so, so many rules. 

Except for one.

"There’s no silver bullet for abuse. It’s just a constant area of focus. Unfortunately abuse is human nature," Kayvon Beykpour, CEO of Periscope, explained over coffee back in January, when asked point blank about abuse on the platform. 

Months later, we now know just how much Facebook has worked to get a handle on abuse, and get it right—and also, just how far they are from that goal. On Sunday, The Guardian published a trove of leaked documents from Facebook detailing the social network's moderation guidelines.  Read more...

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Ford just fired its CEO and promoted its self-driving car head

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Ford just made a big move to embrace the future of self-driving cars. 

The auto giant appointed the head of its self-driving car division as CEO, highlighting the growing urgency among car manufacturers to prepare for a very different future. 

The new CEO, Jim Hackett, previously led Ford Smart Mobility, a subsidiary that had been focused on mobile connectivity and autonomous vehicles. Before that, he had been CEO of furniture and office space company Steelcase. 

Hackett succeeds Mark Fields, who had been CEO of Ford since July 2014. Fields has been credited with leading the company through the recession. Ford also posted its most profitable year ever in 2016. Read more...

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Why won’t you believe Mark Zuckerberg that he’s not running for president?

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Mark Zuckerberg is not running for president. He's got a higher calling. 

The Facebook CEO reiterated again on Sunday night that he is not looking to pursue public office. His recent cross-country tour had roused speculations that Zuckerberg was working to broaden his public image beyond that of the boy genius or, perhaps worse, the Jesse Eisenberg version portrayed in "The Social Network."

Monday's post, however, wasn't just about that. 

Zuckerberg provided a deeper reason for his trip, in which he's visiting all 50 states. He has previously said the trip was to get him out of his bubble. Doing so, he wrote in Sunday's Facebook post, has opened his eyes to the importance of friends — which is a little convenient coming from the CEO of Facebook. Read more...

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