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Facebook Completes New Sustainability Project “MPK 21”

Next year, Facebook plans to complete a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space, which can host its festivals, mobile farmers' market and other local programmes

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Facebook has completed a new sustainable building project called “MPK 21” that has a 3.6-acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway.

Nestled at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, The building has been designed to promote teamwork and allow employees to do their best work, Facebook said in a blog post late on Tuesday.

“Inside is an open workspace designed to foster collaboration between teams, as well as quiet areas for focused work,” the company said.

A single pathway runs the length of the building. Along this path are five unique dining options, 15 art installations and a 2,000-person event and meeting space.

Facebook project MPK 21
Facebook’s project MPK 21. (IANS)

Designed by world renowned American architect Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months, “MPK 21” encourages active engagement inside and outside of the building with pedestrian walkways, access to various outdoor areas, visible stairways, and flexible work stations.

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“The reclaimed water system recycles and filter’s MPK21’s water and will save approximately 17 million gallons of water annually. The roof includes 1.4 MW of photovoltaic solar panels, which will generate nearly 2 million kWh of electricity annually,” said By John Tenanes, Vice President, Global Facilities and Real Estate at Facebook.

Next year, Facebook plans to complete a two-acre park with a public plaza and event space, which can host its festivals, mobile farmers’ market and other local programmes. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Accused of Revealing Sensitive Health Data

The company has not given any official statement on the subject as yet

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

Facebook has been accused of failing to protect sensitive health data of users in its groups.

“Facebook has marketed this product as a Personal Health Record and it then leaked the health data that those patients uploaded to the public,” a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) noted on Monday.

The issue was first noticed in July, when members of a women’s group with a gene mutation discovered how easily the names and email addresses of members could have been downloaded in bulk, either manually or through a Chrome extension, The Verge reported.

At that time, the social networking giant reportedly claimed to have made changes to “Groups” that ended the practice and emphasised on the option for join “Secret Groups” – that are, although difficult to join, but have a more limited discoverability.

However, the complaint highlights that public sharing of privately posted personal health information is in violation of the law, which is a serious problem with Facebook’s privacy implementation methods.

Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

“Facebook has ignored our requests to fix the specific issues we have identified to the company, and denies publicly that any problem exists. All of this represents unfair, deceptive and misleading interactions between Facebook and its users in violation of the FTC act,” the complaint added.

The complaint, which was filed by a security researcher and others, argues that Facebook has failed to make clear what personal information users might be giving up when they join a group.

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Facebook is already negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine with the FTC over privacy lapses, The Verge said.

The company has not given any official statement on the subject as yet. (IANS)