Carlson: Glenn Beck ‘acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant’ at Facebook meeting

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Tucker Carlson arrives at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner after party in 2008.


Daily Caller editor-in-chief and Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson is not happy with how Glenn Beck acted at the Facebook meeting for conservatives this week.

In an interview, Carlson blasted the radio and television host, saying he was sucking up to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“I went to that meeting expecting Beck to cry, rend his garments while quoting James Madison, but that’s not at all what happened. He began the most extended assiduous suck-up I think I’ve ever seen a grown man commit. He acted like he was auditioning to be Mark Zuckerberg’s manservant — it was awe-inspiring,’ Carlson said. “I don’t know what his agenda is; it’s either he’s looking to put his tanking Web properties up for sale or he just can’t help himself. There’s a billionaire there, so he sniffs the throne.”

In April, Beck’s company The Blaze laid off about 40 employees and announced that it was relocating its operations almost entirely to Texas, where it is headquartered. Matt Frucci, whose hiring to run The Blaze’s television operation in New York was announced the same week of the layoffs, quietly departed the company about a week later. In an unsigned post, The Blaze announced a reorganization and said that the changes were made because the company had “grown into a company [Beck] no longer believed in” and urging people to “stay tuned” for the company’s next chapter.

In a post after the meeting, Beck offered up high praise for Zuckerberg and his team, saying he “was convinced that Facebook is behaving appropriately and trying to do the right thing. They were humble, open, and listened intently to everyone in the room.”

But Beck also hit on some of his fellow attendees for asking for what he called “affirmative action for conservatives.”

“When did conservatives start demanding quotas AND diversity training AND less people from Ivy League Colleges. I sat there, looking around the room at ‘our side’ wondering, ‘Who are we?’ Who am I?'” Beck wrote. “What happened to us? When did we become them? When did we become the people who demand the Oscars add black actors based on race?”

Carlson said he was one person at the meeting who brought up increasing diversity at the company, and that Beck’s description was a “total mischaracterization” of what he was trying to say.

“My point was a simple one, which is diversity is deeper than ethnicity,” Carlson said. “You can look different but have the same values. That’s not diversity; it’s conformity. … You want people with different life experiences as a backstop against bad decision.”

Carlson said he “despises” affirmative action but was “making a pretty conventional point.”

“It’s hardly a deep insight. [Beck] turns around and says ‘You’re acting like Jesse Jackson trying to shake down Facebook or demand quotas.’ Which of course is the opposite of what I’m in favor of,’ Carlson said.

A spokesperson for Beck’s company The Blaze did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
UPDATE 7:56p.m.:
In a statement Beck responded to Carlson:

“I have no beef with Tucker or any other progressive Republican, I just disagree with shakedowns of private or publicly traded companies. It is a proven fact – and Small government Conservatives have made the case – that affirmative action, quotas and sensitivity training do not work. The movement on the right is split, just as it is on the left. The left is now choosing between progressives and Marxists while the right must choose between progressives and constitutionalists. There are those who believe winning at all costs is the goal. While I understand the frustration, a Conservative by definition conserves. I don’t believe we wish to conserve winning or affirmative action — I wish to conserve principles over party.”


The Next Fox News? Why Facebook Is Sucking Up To Conservatives


Facebook is in the middle of a charm offensive targeted at conservatives, and is hosting a meeting between company founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg and conservative media figures like Glenn Beck and Fox News host Dana Perino.

The meeting is happening just six months before a presidential election and in the first election where social media sites like Facebook (and Twitter) have become more influential than ever.

After accusations of anti-conservative bias began to burn Facebook last week, the social media giant quietly reached out to Republican Party leaders to douse the brush fire.

It contacted the Republican National Committee, whose chairman, Reince Priebus, had publicly demanded that Facebook “answer for conservative censorship” — and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which had blasted out a fundraising email lumping the ostensibly neutral tech company in with the “liberal media,” according to a GOP source. The National Republican Congressional Committee, the GOP’s main House campaign arm, also heard from Facebook, the source added.

The firestorm began after a story on the tech site Gizmodo used an anonymous conservative who claimed to be a former Facebook employee as the source for a story alleging that Facebook was excluding conservative news sources from its trending topics area, a valuable source of traffic for news outlets.

Soon after the piece came out, Facebook denied the allegations and revealed its internal rules for what sites are featured in trending topics, but the damage has been done.

As they have done for years complaining about the “liberal media,” conservatives are now targeting the “liberal bias” at Facebook. Certainly, Zuckerberg appears to personally lean left, and most employees of a modern tech company are not going to be Rush Limbaugh style right-wingers, but the allegation doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on. Conservative sites like Fox News have been shown to trend on Facebook.

What this ends up being is an influential media outlet who now feels they have to curry favor with the right wing, bending over backwards so that very loud conservatives don’t attack them in the same manner they attack the New York Times and MSNBC.

Then, as often happens in conservative media, when false stories and lies about the left surface, Facebook will be obligated to trend them and send traffic and aid in the spread of false information – as long as they aren’t attacked for “liberal bias.”

It’s an excellent strategy for the right to get what it wants in yet another form of media.

Oliver Willis

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Trump Dismisses Possible Facebook Plot Because ‘I’m One Of Their Great Stars’


Donald Trump is not worried about the possibility of Facebook rising up against him, because as the GOP presidential front-runner rightly notes, the Internet loves Donald Trump.

Responding to a Gizomodo report that Facebook employees considered asking CEO Mark Zuckerberg if the social media goliath should try “to help prevent a President Trump,” Trump said, “I think Facebook is good and I can’t imagine them doing anything.”

“I’m one of their great stars,” he told “Fox and Friends” on Saturday during a phone-in interview.

Gizmodo published screenshots supposedly showing an internal poll that Facebook employees take each week before a question-and-answer session with Zuckerberg. The screenshot shows four questions that were being considered, with the insurgency against Trump trailing in votes. It’s not clear what the final vote tally was, and Facebook has not addressed the screenshots’ authenticity.

The report garnered a lot of attention due to the role that Facebook plays in news distribution. As of December 2015, Facebook had approximately 1.04 billion active users, ranging from Trump to your opinionated aunt. Facebook plays a big role in Americans’ news diets. Some 63 percent of active Facebook users use it as a source for news, according to a 2015 report by the Pew Research Center, up from 47 percent in 2013. And Facebook’s algorithm allows it to control what shows up in users’ feeds. “Facebook can promote or block any material that it wants,” UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh told Gizmodo. “They can completely block Trump if they want. They block him or promote him,” Volokh told the outlet.

“I like Facebook, and y’know I’m very successful on Facebook,” Trump said on Saturday. “I guess have well over seven million people — I think we have 16 or 17 million people between Twitter, Facebook and some other things. Nobody else is even close to that,” he said.

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment, but a spokesperson for the company previously told The Hill they would never try to influence an election. “We as a company are neutral — we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote,” the person said.

Zuckerberg, an advocate of more humane immigration laws, did take a thinly veiled shot at Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls,” Zuckerberg said at a tech conference on Tuesday. “It takes courage to choose hope over fear. Instead of building walls, we can build bridges.”

H/T The Hill

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.


Mark Zuckerberg Tells Facebook Staff to Stop Crossing Out ‘Black Lives Matter’

The Facebook signature wall at the company's office in New York on Feb. 18, 2016.

A signature wall at Facebook’s New York office, photographed Feb. 18.
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Employees were replacing the slogan with the phrase ‘All lives matter’ on office walls.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg chastised some Facebook employees that have been replacing the phrase “Black Lives Matter” with “All Lives Matter” on the company’s walls,telling them they have to stop.

Zuckerberg posted a private memo on a company announcement page, which Gizmodo obtained. He wrote that there have been “several recent instances” of the act, which he said he addressed last week as well. He now considers the act “malicious,” since the issue persisted after Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment. Any employee can write on the designated walls, which are meant to bring the spirit of the digital Facebook Wall into the physical world.

“This has been a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community and really the entire Facebook community, and we are now investigating the current incidents,” Zuckerberg wrote.

The post also briefly explained why “Black Lives Matter” was important. Facebook, like many Silicon Valley companies, employs mostly white males; only 2 percent of its employees were black when the company released diversity statistics in June 2015.

Facebook has taken steps to promote diversity in the workplace; last August, the company rolled out its plan for employees to take an anti-unconscious bias course as a part of its greater efforts.

Mark Zuckerberg Vows To Create A ‘Safe Environment’ For Muslim Users


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Zuckerberg wrote in a post on Facebook that, “After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had called Monday for a “a total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States.

Zuckerberg vowed to create a safe environment for those users who belonged to the Muslim community.

“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg made headlines recently after he announced that he, and his wife Priscilla Chan, would donate $45 billion worth of Facebook shares following the birth of their daughter.

Here’s his full post:


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates Millions To Planned Parenthood As GOP Tries To Defund It

Reason to smile: Marl Zuckerberg has a net worth of $28.5 billion. Credit: Getty Images


As the Republican war on women rages on in the form of attacking Planned Parenthood, women have a powerful ally standing by them and his name is Mark Zuckerberg.

Ever since a right-wing group released deceptively edited videos claiming that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue, conservatives have thrown a giant hissy fit. Republicans in Congress are even considering shutting down the government if Democrats and President Obama refuse to acquiesce to their demand to defund Planned Parenthood.

But while Republicans attack Planned Parenthood, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is standing by women.

Not too long ago, anti-choice website LifeNews had a conniption after discovering that Zuckerberg and his wife have donated nearly a billion dollars to an organization with strong ties to one of the largest providers of women’s health services in the United States.

In 2013 the couple donated 18 million shares of Facebook valued at $992.2 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, California. The couple previously donated 19 million Facebook shares to the same foundation in 2012.

One of the organizations Silicon Valley Community Foundation collaborates with is Planned Parenthood. A copy of their 2012 Public Disclosure is available for online viewing. The disclosure reports that the SVCF donated over $480,000 to Planned Parenthood in 2012 alone. The donations benefited Planned Parenthoods in multiple cities: San Antonio, TX; New York, NY; San Jose, CA; Jacksonville, FL; and Burlington, VT.The donations ranged in amount from $5,000 to $361,750.

Donations were earmarked under broad terms such as “health,” “supporting families,” and “building community.” The annual donations to Planned Parenthood have almost doubled from 2011, when the SVCF report shows that SVCF gave close to $250,000.

The clearly anti-choice author goes on to call on Zuckerberg to pull his support and donate his money to anti-woman right-wing organizations instead, such as Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

As for Silicon Valley Community Foundation, they should cut ties with the taxpayer-funded abortion giant and funnel donations into the hundreds of Pregnancy Resource Centers, Crisis Pregnancy centers and homes for mothers. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation currently has assets of $2.9 billion, more than 1,600 philanthropic funds under management and over 60 local nonprofit partners. One can only dream of the impact those resources could have if directed into pro-life, pro-family, pro-women organizations. Perhaps someone should write Zuckerberg a letter.

It should be noted that abortion is only three percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides and taxpayer dollars can’t be used to fund the procedure because of the Hyde Amendment. Of course, if Congress defunds Planned Parenthood, they would be preventing millions of women from getting the cancer screenings and contraceptives they need from the real medical professionals who work there. And Crisis Pregnancy Centers are not a good alternative.

The problem with Crisis Pregnancy Centers is that they are Christian right-wing operated facilities designed with the expressed purpose of stopping women from choosing an abortion or having safe sex by any means necessary. Most of the staffers who “volunteer” at these centers are not medically trained professionals and, more often than not, they will berate, lecture, and lie to the women they talk to in their effort to achieve their goals. Not only do they tell women that condoms aren’t effective at stopping sexually transmitted diseases, they claim birth control causes cancer and often preach religious beliefs to the women who are seeking help. In addition, they also lecture about abstinence-only. This right-wing scam was even caught on tape in 2013, and unlike the misleading edited Planned Parenthood videos, the recording of Crisis Pregnancy Center employees tell the whole story.

It’s doubtful that Zuckerberg would ever strip Planned Parenthood of critical funding. After all, he and his wife know how important women’s reproductive health is in this country. In a Facebook post last month, Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife Priscilla are expecting a baby girl, but he also shared how long it is taken them to conceive, revealing that over the last couple years they have suffered through three miscarriages.

Here’s a screen capture of his post via Facebook.

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Let’s also keep in mind that if Republicans had their way, Zuckerberg’s wife and the wives of many of their friends would be investigated, interrogated, and ultimately put in prison for having a miscarriage. That’s right, conservatives have made a real effort to criminalize miscarriages over the years. And yet LifeNews has the gall to wonder why Zuckerberg doesn’t support their anti-woman agenda.

Twitter’s ‘major’ redesign: 4 talking points

I haven’t quite gotten the hang of Twitter, but I do tweet from time to time.  I have to admit that watching folks who are really in to tweeting, really intimidates me.

I’m afraid of typing the wrong thing or forgetting the hash tags and every other thing a newbie would be anxious about.  I’ve had my account for two years but I rarely go on twitter unless a major event is happening and I want to get folks immediate reactions.  I must say, I’m learning a little more with each visit.

The Week

The fiercely-popular micro-blogging site rolls out a new look, hoping to woo users who were confused by the old interface

The tweets, they are a changing. This week, Twitter announced a“major” redesign of its popular micro-blogging service, in a move aimed at attracting new users and big brands with a simpler, more intuitive interface and more opportunities for companies to show off their stuff. The new look will be rolled out in the coming weeks across, Twitter apps, and TweetDeck. (Watch a video demonstration here.) Here, four things you should know:

1. It’s (supposed to be) easier for new tweeters
Twitter’s message to “newbies” here is “try it, you’ll like it,” says Stephen Shankland at CNET. Twitter execs say the big empty text box on the old site was alienating for first-time users, so now the emphasis is on helping newcomers find content that interests them. The new interface has several friendly tabs, and potentially confusing concepts like hashtags have been re-branded for new users with less threatening action verbs, like “discover.” A spokesperson says: “The new version of Twitter is a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about.”

2. It’s also friendlier to brands and advertisers
Companies will be able to launch customized, branded pages and show embedded multimedia. Twitter says it’s aiming to be “an even more compelling destination” for companies. Experts caution that Twitter must be careful that it doesn’t “compromise users’ experience” by getting too cozy with businesses. “It may make Twitter’s members feel that its commercial interests are being put ahead of their own,” says one digital consultant.

3. Twitter is becoming more like Facebook
The branded pages “look like a blatant borrowing” from Facebook, says Paul Sloan at CNET. And that’s not the only part of the redesign reminiscent of Mark Zuckerberg and Co. While photos used to be a pain to tweet, they now handily appear as part of a tweet — sound familiar? “A big part of Facebook’s appeal — and something that keeps users coming back and sticking around — is that it’s an easy place to share and store your photos.” Now Twitter is, too. New profile pages are also very Facebook-like. This “redesign sends a clear message to the social networking universe: Facebook, we’re coming for you,” says the International Business Times.

4. Conversations are easier to follow
“One of the more annoying things about the old Twitter design was the inability for users to follow conversations easily,” says the International Business Times. No longer. Under the redesign, conversations and comments pile up beneath the original post. Yep, another Facebook-like move.

Why Facebook lost 6 million U.S. users: 4 theories

This Week

The social networking giant reportedly lost quite a few friends in May. Market saturation, or the beginning of the end?

Facebook may be nearing 700 million users with a $100-billion IPO on the horizon, but all may not be well in Zuckerberg land. According to Inside Facebook, the social networking giant lost nearly 6 million users in the United States in May, along with 1.52 million in Canada and hundreds of thousands in the United Kingdom, Norway, and Russia. The company still managed to add 11.8 million new users worldwide last month, but its growth has been slowing significantly. What’s happening? Here, four theories:

1. Facebook has made as many friends as it can
Mark Zuckerberg and Co. may be “hitting a saturation point in key markets,” especially in the U.S., where roughly 50 percent of the population is already on Facebook, says Kent Bernhard Jr. at Portfolio. If that’s the case, the social network might not be able to reach Zuckerberg’s goal of 1 billion users without conquering China (and its strict online censorship).

2. People are sick of Facebook
“I think users are deleting their accounts because they… are burnt out,” says Lindsay Mannering at The Stir. Even Bill Gates, a Zuckerberg friend and Facebook investor, recently quit the social networking site, saying his friend requests had gotten “out of hand.” I don’t blame him. “Between the feeds and the friends, it’s too much… more of an obligation than a fun way to pass a few minutes.” No wonder people are logging off for good.

3. This is just a temporary dip
“Seasonal changes like college graduations, and other short-term factors, can influence numbers month to month and obscure what’s really happening,” says Eric Eldon at Inside Facebook. These May figures are certainly intriguing, but let’s not overreact. The long-term trends are the ones that really matter.

4. Other social networks are on the rise
It’s “worth noting” that Twitter and LinkedIn are gaining in many of the areas that Facebook saw big losses — namely the U.S. Canada, and the United Kingdom, says Robin Wauters at TechCrunch. But let’s not forget that “on a global level… Facebook is drawing more visitors than ever.”


Facebook Woos Washington

The Daily Beast

Obama hosts a town-hall at Facebook headquarters today, a sign of the social media giant’s growing political power and its oddly symbiotic relationship with the president—he needs Facebook for reelection, it needs him to stay in Congress’ good books.

When President Obama visited with some Silicon Valley big shots in February, the tech blog Business Insider ran a photo of the president chatting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Below the photo, a commenter called “pauldeba” posted: “I gotta say,

it must feel impressive meeting the most powerful man in the world. I wonder how Obama feels about it.”

Think about it. Zuckerberg’s company has 600 million members, making it about twice as big as the United States.

So the true significance of Obama’s visit Wednesday to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California, won’t involve anything the president says. Simply by doing this event, a town-hall meeting that will be broadcast on the Internet, the White House is recognizing Facebook’s growing power and influence in politics and the culture at large.

What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama. Social media in general, and Facebook in particular, have become so important to politics that you almost can’t run for president without mastering the new medium.

The event also reflects the way that Facebook, from the very beginning, has learned how to curry favor in Washington. Unlike tech giants Microsoft and Google, which shunned Washington and refused to play the game, and as a result ended up in hot water with regulators, Facebook recognized the need to build bridges with lawmakers early on.

One of the smartest things Zuckerberg ever did was to bring aboard Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer, who will play co-host during the Obama town-hall meeting. Sandberg came to Facebook from Google, but before that she was a power player in D.C., serving as chief of staff under Larry Summers during his tenure as secretary of the Treasury. She’s now a member of the recently formed President’s Council for Jobs and Competitiveness.

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Time Person Of The Year 2010: Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2010.

At 26, Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world’s youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy.

Earlier this year, he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. school system. Now, he’s in the company of media titans Carl Icahn, 74, Barry Diller, 68, and others who have joined Giving Pledge, an effort led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett to commit the country’s wealthiest people to step up their charitable donations.

Zuckerberg owns about a quarter of Facebook’s shares.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor last year. The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama. The 2007 winner was Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Other previous winners have included Bono, President George W. Bush, and CEO and founder Jeff Bezos.

Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill.