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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George Floyd protests: What you need to know

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Clashes erupted between police and protesters in several major U.S. cities Saturday night as demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black men spread across the country.

The big picture: Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody is the latest reminder of the disparities between black and white communities in the U.S. and comes as African Americans grapple with higher death rates from the coronavirus and higher unemployment from trying to stem its spread.

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U.S. cities crack down on protesters

Demonstrators gather at Lafayette Park across from the White House to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Major U.S. cities have implemented curfews and called on National Guard to mobilize as thousands of demonstrators gather across the nation to continue protesting the death of George Floyd.

The state of play: Hundreds have already been arrested as tensions continue to rise between protesters and local governments. Protesters are setting police cars on fire as freeways remain blocked and windows are shattered, per the Washington Post. Law enforcement officials are using tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse crowds and send protesters home.

Trump to invite Russia and other non-member G7 countries to summit

President Trump at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Saul Martinez/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters on Saturday evening he would postpone the G7 summit to September and expand the meeting to more nations that are not members of the Group of 7.

Details: Trump said he would invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to the summit, according to a pool report. "I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries," he said.