Can ‘Meta’ turn around facebook’s scandal-ridden image? | DW News

Social media giant Facebook is changing its name to "Meta" as part of a rebrand meant to highlight the company’s new focus on developing "the metaverse." "From now on, we’re going to be metaverse first, not Facebook first," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. A week after teasing the news of the name change, Zuckerberg made the announcement on Thursday in a keynote address at Facebook Connect, the company’s annual in-house virtual reality conference. The 37-year-old founder has spent much of the past year talking up this pivot. He has said he expects people will one day know Facebook as a "metaverse company" more than a social network.

This flashy endeavor at least temporarily distracts from Facebook’s unending barrage of bad press. For years the social media giant has been under fire for encouraging the spread of misinformation and for its opaque policies around user data. Matters have only gotten worse in recent months after a whistleblower exposed many of the company’s secrets. At the same time, the social platform is falling out of favor with younger users. Many are instead flocking to the Chinese-owned video app TikTok. Facebook makes money by selling targeted advertisements to marketers. But if user numbers dwindle, advertising revenue will, too.

If Facebook does want to stay in the game, it may indeed be the right moment to move away from its reliance on targeted advertising. The push to regulate the tech giant, particularly in the realm of user data privacy, has gained momentum over the last 18 months, something that could cripple its ability to make profit. This fact was made clear by Facebook’s lower-than-expected growth in the second quarter of 2021. Zuckerberg said this was due to changes to iPhone maker Apple’s privacy rules, which allow users to opt out of being tracked by third parties for advertising purposes.
Moving into the unknown realm of the metaverse poses major challenges. Facebook itself said succeeding will require at least 12 major technological breakthroughs. The whole movement could still fall on its face. But marketwise, it resembles the early days of the internet and social media in that it’s still a regulatory Wild West, and enterprising tech players certainly see an opportunity to make money before lawmakers catch up.
DW spoke to ex-facebook employee turned whistleblower Sophie Zhang


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BJ Novak’s Image On Products Worldwide | TMZ TV

Due to his image being put in public domain, writer and actor BJ Novak’s face can now be seen worldwide on a variety of odd products.


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Police release image of gunman in fatal store shooting

A convenience store owner was shot and killed late Monday night in Fall River. A customer entered the Stop N Save convenience store at 201 Rock St. at 10:30 p.m. and found a man on the floor behind the counter with blood on his chest.

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Rep. Schiff: Trump Completely Remade GOP In His Own Flawed Image

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tells Lawrence O’Donnell about his “terrible epiphany” that his Republican colleagues “only believe in the maintenance of their own position in power.”
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New image appears to show Brian Laundrie on camping trip with parents

Two weeks into the search for Brian Laundrie, the man named a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his 22-year-old girlfriend Gabby Petito, ABC News has learned that Laundrie had bought a new cellphone after returning home from his cross-country trip without Petito.

A couple believes a selfie captured Brian Laundrie on a camping trip with his family over Labor Day weekend.


Dr. Wendy Osefo talks Body Image, COVID & Academics, +#RHOP

We sit down with Professor & Housewife Dr. Wendy Osefo to talk all things #RHOP including her thoughts on watching the ladies talk about her body, her current relationship with Gizelle Bryant & her thoughts on filming reality TV and sending her kids to school during a pandemic.

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NASA ARSET: Image Processing using SeaDAS, Part 2/3

Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality: Transitioning from MODIS to VIIRS

Part 2: Image Processing using SeaDAS

​​​​​This session will provide an overview of Image Processing as well as showcase a demonstration using SeaDAS/Ocean Color Science Software (OCSSW) for MODIS and VIIRS Image Processing in the Chesapeake Bay. Another demonstration of the NOAA Coast Watch Water Quality Product for Puerto Rico using VIIRS will be shown as well.

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Women’s Image Network (WIN) promotes the value of women and girls by producing its annual Women’s Image Awards show which celebrates male and female artists whose outstanding TV & FILM work also advances gender parity

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