Looks like we broke the world — to the moon!

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Georgia Iacovou

17 May 2019

🎵 Blue moon, you saw me standing alone with a trillion other humans 🎵

When Jeff Bezos woke up one morning and finally realised that we’ve accidentally spent many decades pounding the earth into toxic mulch, he did what any other sane multi-billionaire would do: he announced that we should move to the moon.

Wow, Jeff, the moon, you say? Please, tell me why this is a good idea. The gist of Jeff’s points:

Not gonna lie, Jeff… that makes a lot of sense. Cannot wait for Blue Origin

Chris Hughs also agrees that Facebook is like, not that great

The co-founder of Facebook has come out against Facebook in this giant “oops my bad” New York Times article. He explained that he regrets that as college students they did not somehow realise that Facebook would grow to gargantuan proportions and Mark Zuckerberg would get to bond-villain levels of power.

Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government […] Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered. Chris Hughs, New York Times

Right okay. I’m sure we all agree that one human should not have that much power? Facebook, as we’ve seen, has the power to influence elections so is it me or is this as close to a private dictatorship we’ve ever been?

Anyway, unlike Elizabeth Warren, Chris Hughs actually has some ideas about how breaking up Facebook might work (but not that many… and it’s a pretty long article):

Chris Hughs mentions that he also regrets not saying anything sooner. You know, now that he’s sold all his shares and hating Facebook is in this season.

Dev conferences: over. Future: predicted

Before we start to lose our shit over what the Facebook ‘privacy pivot’ might actually look like, I think it’s a good idea to remember that this pivot wouldn’t be necessary if they hadn’t been so terrible up until now. F8 was over a while ago, so I did cover a wee bit about it here, but let’s just break it down a bit more:

Facebook’s F8 key points:

Microsoft Build key points:

Google’s I/O key points:

So just let that last point about AI sit while you read this quote from the CEO himself

We always want to do more for users, but do it with less data over time. Sundar Pichai


Georgia Iacovou is the lead content writer at Metomic. Feel free to email her at georgia@metomic.io

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