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Mark Zuckerberg made an impassioned plea on behalf of free speech Thursday. Then a lot of free speech came back at him.
Driving the news: Speaking at Georgetown University, Facebook's CEO defended the company's decision to continue to post political ads — including some by President Trump's campaign — that make demonstrably false claims.
In making his case, Zuckerberg cited everyone from the Founding Fathers to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But while Zuckerberg argued it was the powers that be who had the most to gain by limiting speech on Facebook, civil rights leaders, including King's daughter, spoke out most loudly against Zuckerberg's position.
"I heard #MarkZuckerberg's 'free expression' speech, in which he referenced my father. I'd like to help Facebook better understand the challenges #MLK faced from disinformation campaigns launched by politicians. These campaigns created an atmosphere for his assassination."— Bernice King
What they're saying:
Between the lines: Zuckerberg has also faced intense criticism from the right for supposed censorship of its views.
His appeal to the ideal of free expression is aimed at both ACLU liberals and libertarian conservatives, but it ducks key arguments of Facebook critics:
The other side: In a pre-speech interview, Zuckerberg told Axios' Mike Allen Facebook has a responsibility to "design systems that can help expose the diversity of ideas, and that don't encourage polarizing content and clickbait and things like that. And we take that very seriously."
Our thought bubble: Things look different from Facebook's ivory tower than from other vantage points.
Metta World Peace (left) and Chris Copeland (right). Photo: XvsX Sports
Metta World Peace, the retired NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest, is launching XvsX Sports, a Los Angeles-based startup that aims to be like Airbnb, but for finding a good place for pick-up basketball.
XvsX's invite-only beta in L.A., features a ClassPass-like business model of $5 per month for unlimited hoops, with options for elite, hard-core and recreational players.
Why it matters: 23 million people in the U.S. play basketball, making it by far the largest recreational team sport.
World Peace had been doing some high-end pick-up games to help those with professional aspirations stay in practice and keep their dreams alive. With the new startup, he hopes to reach even more players.
"It’s revolutionizing basketball," he told Axios. "This platform has never been around."
While biometrics can offer added security, two separate issues highlight limitations of the technology, especially when used as the sole means of locking a smartphone and user accounts.
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Why it matters: Fingerprint and face recognition can add simplicity and security, when done right. When done wrong, though, they can put users at risk.
It turns out that Verizon's pending shutdown of Yahoo Groups has major implications for British cell phone customers looking to change carriers.
Britain's cellphone regulator Ofcom uses Yahoo Groups to handle porting of numbers from one provider to another, The Verge reports.
The bottom line: It's not surprising to hear that nostalgic longtime Internet users would be sad to see Yahoo Groups' demise. It is very surprising to learn that a government or business was using the platform for any sort of mission critical work.