Dec 28, 2018

Zuckerberg says Facebook "altered its DNA" in 2018

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who started 2018 out with a pledge to "fix" Facebook's myriad problems with data privacy, misinformation, content moderation and user trust, posted a year-in-review message Friday declaring he is "proud of the progress we've made."

Big picture: "Addressing these issues is more than a one-year challenge," Zuckerberg now admits, but "we've now established multi-year plans to overhaul our systems and we're well into executing those roadmaps." In the meantime, as shown by a year that started with the Cambridge Analytica affair and ended with embarrassing revelations about security bugs and opposition research, Facebook continues to be a high-output generator of controversy and scandal.

What they're saying: "We've fundamentally altered our DNA to focus more on preventing harm in all our services, and we've systematically shifted a large portion of our company to work on preventing harm," Zuckerberg wrote. "We now have more than 30,000 people working on safety and invest billions of dollars in security yearly."

By the numbers: Zuckerberg said Facebook now has "more than 30,000 people working on safety." Rouglhy half of those are content reviewers, according to Facebook.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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