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Instagram head: Here's why Facebook shouldn't be broken up

Instagram head Adam Mosseri rejected the notion that Facebook should be split up, claiming that doing so would hurt the social networks' ability to fight election fraud and other big issues.

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Speaking at Code Conference, Mosseri noted that there are more people at Facebook working on integrity and safety at Facebook than all the people working on Instagram. "If you split us up you would cut that off," he said.

So the reason not to break up Facebook is because they're working on integrity and safety... There's very no integrity to how they monetize users – it just feels buzzwords and toeing the company line.

As for fighting election fraud, stop taking money from any politicians and ban political adverts. If it means that much to you, stop looking at it as a revenue stream and accept it for what it is: a big problem.

More of on improving Facebook.

Posted 11th Jun 2019 @ 14:32

The 10 candidates in the running to replace Theresa May

The current crop of politicians are ruining the company in every way possible, so in reality I wouldn't want any of them to replace Theresa May. Depresingly, there's no real opposition either given the Labour's confusing stance on our EU membership.

Of the 10, Rory Stewart seems the most sensible choice, and by quite some distance.

Posted 11th Jun 2019 @ 12:26

Apple Watch can display Apple ID verification codes in watchOS 6

This is a nice update and one of those things that makes you wonder why it hasn't always been an option. Two factor authentication is great but for me I often see the codes on the device I'm trying to grant access too which is far from ideal.

Posted 11th Jun 2019 @ 09:31

An open letter to YouTube's CEO

I updated week 83 with Carlos Maza's Twitter thread and the response last week.

Everything is driven towards ad supported revenue and engagement now, even Google search results are wrapped in ads. It used to be just the right, then the top and right, but now the bottom too. YouTube is no better. All in the search for monetizing the product (you) more than ever.

Posted 10th Jun 2019 @ 14:14

The rings on trees from Chernobyl have different colours depending on if they were formed before or after the disaster

I really enjoyed HBO's Chernobyl. It's so odd that rather than learning from the truth of what happened, some people want to bury it in the memory of those that allowed it to happen.

Posted 10th Jun 2019 @ 13:05

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