You’re still going to be miserable if you give up Facebook

It’s official: We’re spending less time on Facebook. “In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week when announcing the social media company’s fourth-quarter 2017 results. This reduction in usage comes after Facebook made

Zuckerberg remains confident about Facebook’s long-term success

Mark Zuckerberg said 2018 was the year to fix what was wrong with Facebook — and Wall Street on Wednesday seemed to be focused more on the social network’s woes than its soaring growth and profits. Facebook reported fourth-quarter results that handily beat expectations — but investors responded

Facebook urged to shut down chat platform made for kids

Facebook is learning the hard way that you don’t mess with people’s kids. The social network was urged on Tuesday by a coalition of child health advocates to shut down Messenger Kids — a chat platform targeted at children as young as 6. In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg,

Lyft probes allegations that employees abused customer data

Lyft is investigating allegations that its employees misused customer information, the U.S. ride-hailing firm said on Thursday. A current or former Lyft employee alleged in an anonymous online post that Lyft employees had tracked rides taken by their romantic partners and pulled information about celebrities such as Facebook CEO

Facebook: We can’t promise we won’t destroy democracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. warned Monday it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading headlines

Facebook: We can’t promise we won’t destroy democracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. warned Monday it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading headlines

Too much time on Facebook is ruining your mental health

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user engagement. That’s potentially bad news for investors, but could be good news for excessive Facebook users. “We’re making a major change to how we build Facebook,” Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg makes 2018 resolution: Fix Facebook

NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg says his “personal challenge” for 2018 is to fix Facebook. The Facebook CEO has declared a goal each year since 2009. Past challenges have included wearing a tie every day, learning to speak Mandarin and eating meat only from animals he killed himself. Last

Facebook says it’s cracking down on “engagement bait’

Facebook said Monday it will begin cracking down on what it calls “engagement bait.” Spammy posts that actively try to drum up likes, clicks and shares, such as “LIKE this if you’re a Libra” or “SHARE this post with 10 friends to win a trip to Spain” will be

Facebook says it’s cracking down on ‘engagement bait’

Facebook said Monday it will begin cracking down on what it calls “engagement bait.” Spammy posts that actively try to drum up likes, clicks and shares, such as “LIKE this if you’re a Libra” or “SHARE this post with 10 friends to win a trip to Spain” will be

There’s now a billion more reasons to hate the Winklevoss twins

The Winklevii became billionaires after all — and they didn’t need Facebook to do it. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — the 6-foot-5 identical twins who sued Mark Zuckerberg 13 years ago for allegedly stealing the idea for Facebook — made big news last week by becoming the first bitcoin

Sean Parker on Facebook: We created a monster

Sean Parker, who played a pivotal role in turning Facebook into a money-minting juggernaut, admits that he is now “something of a conscientious objector” to the social networking giant. Facebook “literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker told Axios in a Wednesday interview. “God only knows

Facebook to launch cheaper “Oculus Go’ VR headset

Facebook plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference for virtual reality developers, said the “Oculus Go” device would

Facebook to launch cheaper “Oculus Go’ VR headset

Facebook plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. Zuckerberg, speaking at a conference for virtual reality developers, said the “Oculus Go” device would

Zuckerberg sorry for tone-deaf Puerto Rico VR presentation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized after inserting a smiling cartoon likeness of himself into images of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to show off a new virtual-reality platform. In a bizarre Facebook Live video on the social network’s VR app Spaces, Zuckerberg and Facebook social VR chief Rachel Franklin gave a virtual

Zuckerberg sorry for tone-deaf Puerto Rico VR presentation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized after inserting a smiling cartoon likeness of himself into images of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to show off a new virtual-reality platform. In a bizarre Facebook Live video on the social network’s VR app Spaces, Zuckerberg and Facebook social VR chief Rachel Franklin gave a virtual

Mark Zuckerberg promotes VR with tour of Puerto Rico

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg used a livestreamed “trip” to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to cheerfully promote the brand’s new virtual reality platform. In the tone-deaf video, Zuckerberg’s smiling, curly-haired avatar “teleported” with Facebook’s social virtual reality chief Rachel Franklin to the devastated US territory where they plugged the social media site’s ongoing

Mark Zuckerberg begs for forgiveness amid Russian ad probe

Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together,

Facebook to hire 1,000 people to police ads

Facebook plans to hire 1,000 more people to review ads and ensure they meet its terms, as part of an effort to deter Russia and other countries from using the social media network to interfere in others’ elections, it said on Monday. Facebook said last month that it believed people in

Facebook shares drop on worries about Russian ads

The controversy over Russian ads is pummeling Facebook’s stock. Reports that Facebook had trouble identifying ads from Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election, as well as Facebook’s ad team getting caught this month saying it reaches more Americans than actually exist, have eroded trust in the social network, critics

Facebook shares drop on worries about Russian ads

The controversy over Russian ads is pummeling Facebook’s stock. Reports that Facebook had trouble identifying ads from Russian trolls during the 2016 US presidential election, as well as Facebook’s ad team getting caught this month saying it reaches more Americans than actually exist, have eroded trust in the social network, critics

Suit claims Mark Zuckerberg thinks “young people are just smarter’

A Manhattan man claims a top Facebook executive lied to him about a job position being closed — after he discovered the man’s age. Now he’s suing the tech giant for age discrimination in a lawsuit that quotes CEO Mark Zuckerberg as saying “young people are just smarter.” Stephen Cohen, 61, says