Inside Facebook - April 19th, 2019

Inside Facebook (Apr 19th, 2019)

Weekly News Roundup: Facebook

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You're getting this newsletter because you previously subscribed to our Inside Facebook newsletter, which we merged to create Inside Social. We're trying an experiment of shorter, roundup-style emails and since there's so much news about Facebook we decided this would be a good topic to test. Most of the items on this list appeared in editions of this week's Inside Social, curated by Jay Barmann. We'd welcome your feedback: Would you find a roundup email like this useful? Please hit reply and let us know. 

Here are the top 10 Facebook news items we collected this week. 

Facebook admits "millions" of Instagram users' passwords were being stored internally in plaintext; says they were “not internally abused or improperly accessed.” – TECHCRUNCH

Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the email contact lists of 1.5 million new users without permission; says they were not shared and are being deleted. – BUSINESS INSIDER

More than a month after the Christchurch mosque shootings, there are still videos of the attack on Facebook and Instagram, Motherboard found. 

Longread: Wired Magazine has a deep dive into the last year and a half at Facebook. – WIRED

The average time that people spend on Facebook per day is down to 49 minutes, a new survey finds, a drop of 11 minutes from two years ago. - BUSINESS INSIDER

The FTC is negotiating with Facebook over how to hold CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible for the company's data lapses. --WASHINGTON POST

Facebook is reportedly working on its own voice assistant to rival Siri and Alexa; would presumably be added to Facebook's Portal devices and potentially be of use with Oculus VR headsets. – CNBC

Facebook might be testing a carousel-like interface for both News Feed posts and Stories. --THE VERGE

A new batch of 4,000 leaked internal documents from Facebook show Mark Zuckerberg and other executives discussing the potential sale of user data, confirming earlier reports by the New York Times.  --NBC NEWS

Facebook named its first African American female board member, Peggy Alford, who's a senior executive at PayPal.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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