Stories by Scott Rosenberg

Facebook reports show Zuckerberg in charge, knuckles bared

Illustration of Mark Zuckerberg's face set against a grid backdrop
Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

New in-depth reports on Facebook portray CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a tough negotiator and shrewd wielder of corporate power — miles from the geeky whiz kid image that kicked off his public life.

Why it matters: Zuckerberg's control of Facebook's voting stock means he controls its destiny, and Facebook controls much of the information diet of the world today.

YouTube's bogus Notre Dame-9/11 connection

Smoke rises from Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral
The Notre Dame cathedral on fire on Monday. Photo: Philippe Wang/Getty Images

As YouTube viewers Monday followed the latest news updates from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, some saw a gray box at the bottom of their screens that had excerpts and links to encyclopedia articles on the 9/11 attacks.

The big picture: These "information panels" pop up automatically as part of a YouTube program aimed at combatting conspiracy-theory-style misinformation — but in this case they arguably promoted such theories instead.

Facebook tries more tactics to block misinformation

Photo of billboard outside Facebook headquarters with "like" icon and "1 Hacker Way" address
Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

At a press event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, Facebook announced a grab bag of new measures aimed at improving the reliability of the news that circulates on its platforms.

Why it matters: Facebook, along with Google's YouTube, Twitter and other online platforms, is facing a crisis of trust and rising doubts in its ability to control the spread of inaccurate information and hate speech.