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    Meta to lay off another 10,000 as Zuckerberg celebrates “year of efficiency” / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 14 March - 15:32

Mark Zuckerberg walks away from a courthouse while wearing a suit; he carries a phone in his left hand and a mask in his right hand.

Enlarge / Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right) leaves federal court in San Jose, California, on Dec. 20, 2022, after testifying in an antitrust case brought by the Federal Trade Commission. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Meta plans to lay off another 10,000 employees and will stop trying to fill 5,000 open roles, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told staff in a memo today .

Zuckerberg titled the memo "Update on Meta's Year of Efficiency" and used the first two paragraphs to tout improvements to the Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp owner's operations. In the third paragraph, employees reading the memo found out that 10,000 of them will lose their jobs in the coming months.

"Overall, we expect to reduce our team size by around 10,000 people and to close around 5,000 additional open roles that we haven't yet hired," Zuckerberg wrote.

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    Why Facebook and Apple are going to war over privacy / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 28 January, 2021 - 23:35

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Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a speech on privacy at a virtual conference. (credit: CPDP )

Today, Apple announced plans to finally roll out its previously delayed change in policy on apps' use of IDFA (ID for Advertisers) to track users for targeted advertising. The feature will be in the next beta release of iOS 14 (the company just rolled out the public release of iOS 14.4 this week) and will reach all iOS devices supported by iOS 14 "in early spring."

Apple made the announcement with a white paper and Q&A targeted at its users. To illustrate the benefits Apple claims the change will offer to users, the document describes in detail a typical scenario where a father and daughter would have data about them tracked and updated while doing normal, everyday things in the current digital ecosystem.

Apple's document goes on to explain Apple's stated philosophy on user data protection and privacy, and it announces the release window for this upcoming change. The document explains the change this way:

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    Facebook bans Holocaust denial amid rapid rise in “deceptive” content / ArsTechnica · Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 18:48


Enlarge / Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters as seen in 2017. (credit: Jason Doiy | Getty Images )

Facebook today is, once again, theoretically ramping up enforcement against hate speech, this time with a new policy prohibiting Holocaust denial on the platform.

The change is due to a "well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally," Facebook executive Monika Bickert wrote in a corporate blog post today.

The policy is a complete 180 for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who in a 2018 interview specifically described Holocaust denial as the kind of "deeply offensive" speech he nonetheless felt should be permitted on the platform. The next day, amid blowback, he "clarified" his position:

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