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WhatsApp Co-Founder, Who Made Billions from Facebook, Says It's Time to #DeleteFacebook

Among the many voices calling for people to leave scandal-hit Facebook, one stands out: Brian Acton, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, which Facebook now owns.

Facebook’s stock price is down more than 11% since last weekend’s reports that Cambridge Analytica, a right-leaning political consultancy, acquired and misused the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The social network is now facing crackdowns from regulators in the U.S. and Europe, and an investor lawsuit over that share price slump.

Many people have pointed out that Cambridge Analytica didn’t use Facebook’s data in an unusual way: it wanted to influence people. But even before the latest scandal hit, Facebook was caught up in a furor over propaganda that might have influenced the 2016 U.S. election, and growing disquiet over its deliberately addictive and arguably divisive nature.

“It is time. #deletefacebook,” Acton tweeted on Tuesday night. The hashtag he used has been trending since the weekend’s scandal broke.


More: http://fortune.com/2018/03/21/delete-facebook-cambridge-analytica-whatsapp-brian-acton/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 22, 2018, 01:56 AM (5 replies)

Schumer, unions pitch infrastructure plan, reversal of some Trump tax cuts

Surrounded by union workers, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer called President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan a sham, and urged that recent federal tax cuts for corporations and the richest Americans be rolled back to help pay for long-overdue repairs.

Standing near the 115-year-old Livington Avenue bridge across the Hudson River, Schumer said the Trump plan, which limits federal financial support while seeking more private and state investment, falls far short of what is needed to fix aging roads, bridges, water and sewage systems.

"The federal government has said they are not paying another nickel," said Schumer. He warned the plan, if adopted, would result in more private control over projects. "Highway tolls would be going up all over" he said, as states raise the cash needed to repay investors with a profit.

He said the price tag to replace the Livingston Avenue bridge, which connects passenger rail service to the west and north of the Rensselaer Amtrak station, could be $1 billion.

Schumer said money for nationwide infrastructure spending can be found by increasing the corporate tax rate, which under last year's tax cut was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent, to 25 percent

More: https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Schumer-unions-pitch-infrastructure-plan-12764748.php

Senator Charles Schumer surrounded by representatives from various construction/trade unions and other elected officials holds a press conference at the Corning Preserve on Monday, March 19, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Senator Schumer held the event to announce his plan to push for a major infrastructure proposal. In the background is the Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge, which is in need to repair Senator Schumer said. (Paul Buckowski/Times Union)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 22, 2018, 01:45 AM (0 replies)

The Daily Show - Electronic Brainwashing: Cambridge Analytica's Sinister Facebook Strategy

Facebook comes under fire for losing control of its customers' data to Cambridge Analytica, a company that specializes in influencing elections by manipulating users via "electronic brainwashing."
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Mar 22, 2018, 12:26 AM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert Works Out With Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invited Stephen to Washington, D.C., to settle the case of "Do you even lift?"
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 11:02 PM (6 replies)

Seth Meyers - Trump's Advisers Told Him Not to Congratulate Putin: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump congratulating Vladimir Putin on his re-election as he also takes a more hostile tone toward special counsel Robert Mueller.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:58 PM (0 replies)

Seth Meyers - Late Night in Partnership with Tourism Australia: Amber's Australian Adventure

Late Night with Seth Meyers in partnership with Tourism Australia sent Amber Ruffin Down Under to soak up some sun, cuddle with koalas and, for a moment, forget who the president of the United States is.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 10:52 PM (1 replies)

Seth Meyers: Guest John Oliver on His Children's Book About VP Pence's Gay Bunny, Marlon Bundo

John Oliver talks about the results of Russia's election, the unexpected success of his children's book about Mike Pence's gay bunny, Marlon Bundo, and tackling cryptocurrencies on Last Week Tonight.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 07:38 PM (2 replies)

Seth Meyers - First Day of Spring, the Queen's Tinder Profile - Monologue - 3/20/18

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 07:31 PM (0 replies)

Stephen Colbert - Monologue and Opening - 3/20/18

Mark Zuckerberg Is Silent Amid Facebook's Privacy Scandal

Faced with the prospect of users deleting their Facebook apps over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a powerful statement.

Trump Shuffles His Legal Counsel To Fend Off Mueller

Donald Trump has assembled an 'A Team' to take on Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And this definition of 'A Team' means... it's 'a team.'

Trump Congratulates Putin For Electing Himself

Donald Trump used his 'Phone-a-Friend' to congratulate Vladimir Putin on winning a fixed election in Russia.

Tom From Myspace Says Leave Facebook

With Facebook's stock value dropping $37 billion, one former social media magnate sees an opportunity for resurgence.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 04:14 AM (4 replies)

The Daily Show: Trump Takes on the Opioid Crisis; Cars Don't Drive Themselves

Donald Trump announces his plans to combat the opioid crisis, including instituting the death penalty for drug traffickers and creating commercials to deter kids from using drugs.

Between the Scenes - Cars Don't Drive Themselves

Trevor wonders why self-driving cars, not their human technicians, get blamed for mishaps.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Mar 21, 2018, 12:12 AM (2 replies)
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