CEO Zuckerberg sets 2018 goal: ‘fix’ Facebook

UNTV News   •   January 5, 2018   •   3701

FILE PHOTO: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience during a meeting of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Ceo Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday his goal for 2018 was to put the business he co-founded on a more solid footing, a break with his longstanding practice of setting a purely personal annual goal.

“The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” Zuckerberg, at 33 one of the world’s wealthiest people, wrote in a post on the No. 1 social media network. In past years, his New Year’s resolutions have included learning Mandarin, reading two books a month and traveling to U.S. states he had not yet visited.

This year, his post described Facebook as standing at a crossroads that required his attention. He cited the spread of hate speech on social media, use of Facebook by Russia and other countries to disseminate propaganda and criticism that the platform can be an addictive waste of time.

A new law in Germany requires social networks such as Facebook and Twitter Inc to remove online hate speech or face fines. In the United States, lawmakers have criticized Facebook for failing to prevent Russian operatives from using its platform to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections.

In addition, ex-Facebook executives have publicly questioned whether using the network leads to unhealthy behaviors.

Zuckerberg said his “personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on fixing these important issues.” He added that the pledge “may not seem like a personal challenge on its face,” but that he would learn a lot. He did not say what he would do.

“We won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse,” he wrote, “but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools.”

The issues Zuckerberg mentioned have created public relations and regulatory challenges, but have not made much of a dent on Facebook’s bottom line. The social network reported $16 billion in net income on $36 billion in sales during the 12 months that ended on Sept. 30.

Shares on Thursday traded at $184.94, up 0.1 percent.

Additional reporting by Sonam Rai in Bengaluru; Editing by David Gregorio

Donation for fuel: Jeepney drivers in Baguio opt for donations instead of collecting fare

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Alano Abuan is grateful for the chance to go out and operate his jeepney again.

Since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the government has temporarily banned public transportation to avoid the further spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

However, five barangays in Baguio City applied for a travel permit for jeepney drivers to operate, on the condition that instead of passengers paying for the fare, they can opt to donate.

Barangay councilman (Kagawad) Arturo Frias said they want to assist the jeepney drivers as well as constituents who would need to travel amid the ECQ. Frias said they are proud of their jeepney drivers for their service.

Sabi ng mayor, huwag kayong maningil. Kung magkano iyon ibigay na donation, iyong lang. Proud kami sa mga driver dito kasi hindi po sila pwersang naniningil sa mga pasahero (The mayor said don’t ask for payment. Whatever donation they give is fine. We are proud of our drivers because they do not forcefully collect payment from their passengers), he said.

Alano said there is no problem if passengers would only donate as long as he can still provide for his family.

Basta mayroon okay iyon. Nagkakasya naman (As long as we have something. It is enough),he said.

One of the passengers, Andrew Gangganga said the donations can both help the passengers as well as the drivers amid the ECQ.

Maganda po kasi kapag donation, kahit anong amount, okay lang. Nakakatulong din iyong driver, give and take lang (It is good because if it is a donation any amount is okay. It will help the driver, just give and take),” he said. –AAC

Meet Chi-Chi, Manila’s first animal frontliner

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2020

Not just a man’s best friend, this ‘doggo’ is fighting alongside the country’s frontliners.

In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) introduced their first animal frontliner, Chi-Chi. Barangay 379 has given Chi-Chi her Barangay Dog Frontliner ID.

Chi-Chi’s owner, Jake Ryan Ramos, said his dog loves to roam around their barangay and loves to take rides on barangay patrols.

Netizens immediately fell in love with Chi-Chi and flooded the post with photos of their own dogs. AAC

LOOK: Nurse pays tribute to fellow frontliners through syringe art

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 24, 2020

While the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the world is ever more appreciative and supportive of health workers frontlining the virus battle. Some express their support through music and donations — others through fine art.

A nurse paid tribute to her fellow frontliners and COVID-19 victims using syringe art.

Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua shared her masterpiece on Facebook: a health worker sleeping in exhaustion with the Philippine flag for a blanket.

“Ito’y para sa aking mga kapwang frontliners at sa lahat ng naging biktima ng COVID-19 (This is for my fellow frontliners and all the victims of COVID-19),” her post reads. AAC

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