Tuesday , April 20 2021

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook executives are upset at The New York Times / Boing Boing


NBC News reports that Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook top executives are upset at the New York Times about what they say are weeks of antagonistic coverage and anti-Facebook bias.

Dylan Byers reports that NYT chief Dean Baquet's answer is that Facebook is "a great unusual company."

Facebook can handle it. And Facebook deserves.

From NBC News:

• Frustration was resurfaced this week after Times bought a Facebook-sponsored post to promote "a step-by-step guide to breaking up from Facebook" and "Instagram" – a Facebook-like source of movement an ad in the Times encouraging readers to cancel subscriptions.

• The sponsored ad came after Times Times weeks, which made Facebook become a monster that is hard to embellish, which has no regard for the privacy of users or the integrity of American politics. These articles have been aggressively promoted alongside the Times' social media accounts and push notifications.

• Facebook sources believe some of the paper reporters have deliberately ignored the nuances of how the Internet works to feed Facebook in the worst possible light either because the paper is tilted to cover the social media network or the Pulitzer Prize.

• Facebook spokesman: "No comments."

The View from the Times: Dean Baquet, the editor of the Times, told me that Facebook was "a great company with an unusual power that is in the midst of some of the biggest problems of the day – privacy and political interference. "

• As for the sponsored ad, Baquet said: "There is no link between our Facebook coverage and the Facebook business."

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Boeing Boing, editor / partner and technology culture journalist, Xeni Jardin hosts and produces the Boing Boing TV channel on the Virgin America airline (# 10 on the dial) and writes about the existence of breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. e-mail: [email protected]


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