American online social media and social networking service.
Thought you were headed back to the office next month? For many of us, January has become the new September. Irish companies that had loosely planned to reopen their offices next month are now putting it on hold, with January 2022 a common emerging new target date.
When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $400m (€338m) to help fund US election offices as they scrambled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic late last summer, he said he hoped he would never have to do it again.
‘Online, our senses cannot do their job properly…” Pitched as a study of sexism, surveillance and online life, Mary McGill’s The Visibility Trap places feminism at a crossroads where the same online platforms that enabled its success now pose a threat to its future. Broad in its scope yet keenly observed, the book outlines how social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have helped galvanise a generation, but have also delivered their political beliefs into the hands of corporations, ready to churn out ‘empowerment’ spam.
Last week Facebook announced a new strategic direction. And it’s a little bit sci-fi. In a private address to staff, CEO Mark Zuckerberg (inset) announced that the overarching goal of the company now is to “help bring the metaverse to life”. The metaverse is seen as a successor to the internet . But unlike today’s internet, it will be a set of immersive, interconnected and always-on virtual spaces. Yes, this seems far out, but it’s not totally alien. Virtual reality and augmented reality are well established technologies. And the pandemic has increased our exposure to a host of virtual experiences. We work and collaborate in Zoom, or Hangouts; we share information via email or Slack; we can forgo physical retail and shop online; we can exercise on Pelotons; play games in virtual worlds like Roblox. Today all of these elements of our online lives are disconnected.
A LEGAL dispute between Dragons’ Den star Gavin Duffy and Facebook, over advertisements which falsely claimed he was dead and had made a fortune investing in cryptocurrency, has been resolved.
Paschal Donohoe’s stance of splendid isolation from most of the rest of the world on higher corporate tax rates isn’t sustainable. With pressure mounting he will have to agree to a minimum 15pc company tax rate sooner rather than later.
Cookie-cutter answers and a glut of word salad were on the menu at an Oireachtas committee meeting this week. Executives from Twitter and Facebook indulged in a banquet of evasion, arrogance and defending the indefensible.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is expected to prepare plans to stop Facebook transferring data from the EU to the US, after the High Court said it could proceed with the next steps of its preliminary order against the social media giant on the matter.
Facebook has lost a High Court case it took to stop Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner from proceeding with an order that would prohibit the social media giant from data transfers between EU users and the US.
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