Zuckerberg resists U.S. senators effort to commit him to regulation

admin   •   April 11, 2018   •   2364

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday navigated through the first of two U.S. congressional hearings without making any further promises to support new legislation or change how the social network does business.

During nearly five hours of questioning by 44 U.S. senators, Zuckerberg repeated apologies he previously made for a range of problems that have beset Facebook, from a lack of data protection to Russian agents using Facebook to influence U.S. elections.

“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility. And that was a big mistake. And it was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook; I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here. So, now we have to go through all of our relationship with people and make sure that we’re taking a broad enough view of our responsibility. It’s not enough to just connect people. We have to make sure that those connections are positive. It’s not enough to just give people a voice. We need to make sure that people aren’t using it to harm other people or to spread misinformation. And it’s not enough to just give people control over their information. We need to make sure that the developers they share it with protecting their information too,” said Zuckerberg.

But the 33-year-old internet mogul managed to deflect any specific promises to support any congressional regulation of the world’s largest social media network and other U.S. internet companies.

“Yes, and I’ll have my team follow up with you, so that way we can have this discussion across the different categories where I think that this discussion needs happen,” said the Facebook executive.

Investors were impressed with his performance. Shares in Facebook posted their biggest daily gain in nearly two years, closing up 4.5 percent.

The shares fell steeply last month after it came to light that millions of users’ personal information were harvested from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign among its clients. The latest estimate of affected users is up to 87 million.

That disclosure pitched Facebook into a crisis of confidence among users, advertisers, employees, and investors who were already struggling with Facebook’s reaction to the fake news and its role in the 2016 election. — Reuters

DOLE: No mandatory repatriation order for OFWs in Hong Kong

Freema Gloria   •   October 21, 2019

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) clarified that it has not issued mandatory repatriation for Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong despite the ongoing civil unrest there.

This clarification was released after an alleged post on social media claimed that the government imposed mandatory repatriation of the OFWs due to the continuing protest rallies in the area.

“Right now, there is no communication from the DFA and even from the consulate of Hong Kong regarding the possibility of repatriation, either voluntary or mandatory. We are in close coordination with the DFA for any development,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

In the same statement, Bello called on the public to refrain from spreading the said post to avoid aggravating the situation which might endanger the lives of Filipinos working in Hong Kong.

“I urge the public to ignore this fake news on the internet. For those spreading it, please stop and let us not aggravate the situation and endanger our OFWs. We should help our OFWs there by not giving them false news about repatriation,” he said.

The Secretary also stated that not a single OFW has gone yet to their office asking for repatriation assistance.

DOLE reiterated to the OFWs in Hong Kong that it is safer for them to just stay inside their working place and avoid wearing black t-shirts for them not to be tagged as taking part in the protest.

Moreover, the department has initially released a statement that it has not ordered a deployment ban in Hong Kong. — FSG (from the report of Aiko Miguel)

Istorya: A superhero story of a boy who wants to save his dad

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.

While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.

At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.

“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.

Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.

Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.

His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.

Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.

“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.

Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.

Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC

Daing Boy [PLUG]

Sumikat sa social media dahil sa sipag at husay sa pagtitinda ng daing at tinapa. Subalit may iba pang mga bagay na mas kahanga-hanga kay Lance.Tunghayan ang kanyang #Istorya, October 19, 5:00 pm.

Posted by ISTORYA on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

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