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Report: Facebook Shuffles Top Management, eyes Blockchain

"We may also be notified of such incidents or activity via the media or other third parties," Facebook said

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Mired in a massive data breach controversy, Facebook has reportedly rolled out biggest-ever shuffle at the senior management level since its inception — across platforms, including WhatsApp and Messenger.

According to tech news website Recode, Facebook has made long-time executive Chris Cox in-charge of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger — now called a “family of apps”.

“Facebook is also building a new team dedicated to Blockchain technology. David Marcus, the executive in-charge of Facebook’s standalone messaging app, Messenger, is leaving that post to run the Blockchain group,” the report said late on Tuesday.

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The Blockchain team would come under “New platforms and infra” run by Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Schroepfer, who will also take care of Facebook’s AR, VR and Artificial Intelligence initiatives.

Facebook executive Javier Olivan, Vice President of Growth, will oversee the third division titled “Central product services”.

This vertical will include shared features that operate across multiple products or apps such as ads, security and growth.

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“Adam Mosseri, the Facebook product executive who runs News Feed, is headed over to Instagram to become the company’s new VP of product,” the report claimed.

Meanwhile, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will keep her duties.

Facebook on Tuesday announced the appointment of Jeff Zients, CEO of Cranemere, to the company’s board of directors and audit committee, effective May 31.

In a jolt to Facebook, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum in April decided to move on amid reports that he had a difference of opinion with parent company Facebook over data privacy, encryption and other issues.

After the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook has warned investors that more users’ data scandals in the future may adversely affect the social networking giant’s reputation and brand image.

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In its quarterly report shared with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), without mentioning Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said that its ongoing investments in safety, security and content review will identify additional instances of misuse of user data.

“We may also be notified of such incidents or activity via the media or other third parties,” Facebook said.

Appearing before the US Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the lawmakers that his own personal data was part of 87 million users’ that was “improperly shared” with the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica which has not shut down operations. (IANS)

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‘Repost’ Feature Is Not Being Planned: Intsagram

The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native "Regramming" feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it.

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Instagram has denied testing any native “Regramming” feature that could allow its one billion users to instantly repost someone else’s post to their own account, the media reported.

“Despite giving a ‘no comment’ when the report on ‘Regramming’ was initially published, Instagram now says that the feature is ‘not happening’, not being built and not being tested,” 9To5Mac reported late on Sunday.

A “Regram” is a hashtag that you use when you repost something that you saw on someone else’s Instagram, onto your Instagram account.

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Based on two screenshots obtained by The Verge, a report earlier this week suggested that Instagram is testing a feature called “seamless sharing” that would come with a new “share to feed” option.

Currently, users are only allowed to share either public “Stories” from open accounts or “Stories” where they are mentioned on their own accounts and this gives creators and business-runners who monetise their content on the photo-messaging app the control to monitor who is sharing their work on the platform.

Since the “Regramming” feature could make native reposting any content on Instagram as their own instantly, many users worry that it could ruin the photo-messaging app secuity wise, with creators focusing on the issue of their content “going viral”, the report added.

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The screenshots that The Verge claimed to have acquired displayed the “re-shared posts” appearing in the feed underneath the username and photo of the user who shared it.

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The Facebook-owned company has also debated previously the merits of adding a native “Regramming” feature and so far, the company has appeared to be firmly against it. (IANS)