Apr 9, 2018

Zuckerberg apologizes to Myanmar civil rights groups

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP / Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to civil rights groups in Myanmar for failing to prevent hate speech from spreading on its platform, and for wrongly stating that Facebook had detected and stopped the messages inciting ethnic violence in the country, according to an email obtained by The New York Times.

The details: Zuckerberg said he misspoke, and outlined steps to help curb violence in the country. However, his response only came after activists from Myanmar criticized Facebook for not doing enough, and human rights experts at the U.N. issued a report stating the platform played a significant role in spreading hate speech in the country.

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.