‘Death from bullying cannot be the cost of doing business’: US senator goes after Facebook and threatens regulation (FB)

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A US senator has hinted at regulating Facebook after the leak of a memo in which an executive acknowledged the social network could kill people.
Andrew Bosworth defended growth at any cost in the 2016 internal memo.
“It is @facebook’s moral obligation to maintain the integrity and safety of their platform,” Senator Ed Markey said. “When they fail to do so, Congress must act.”

The spectre of government regulation is looming for Facebook.

In the wake of the leak of an internal memo in which an executive at the social network defended growth even if it meant people died, US Senator Ed Markey has attacked the social network — warning that if Facebook can’t keep its platform safe, “Congress must act.”

Death from bullying cannot be the cost of doing business.

Terrorist attacks cannot be the cost of doing business.

It is @facebook’s moral obligation to maintain the integrity and safety of their platform. When they fail to do so, Congress must act.https://t.co/Ui12vPvyr6

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) March 30, 2018

In the 2016 memo, which was leaked to BuzzFeed News, exec Andrew Bosworth (known as “Boz”) discussed the “ugly” side of Facebook’s growth. “Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools,” he wrote.

“The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.”

Bosworth has since said that he did not agree with the memo even when he wrote it, and that it was intended to be “provocative.”

A less friendly political landscape for the tech industry

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Source:: Business Insider

      

Judge stole his former intern’s ‘soiled’ underwear

Suffolk County District Court Judge Robert Cicale.(Suffolk County Police Department via AP)

By MICHAEL BALSAMO

Suffolk County District Court Judge Robert Cicale.(Suffolk County Police Department via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge who told police he had “urges” to steal women’s underwear pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony burglary charge after breaking into his neighbor’s home to steal her worn undergarments, prosecutors said.

Robert Cicale, a Suffolk County district court judge, admitted he had broken into the victim’s Long Island home several times and stolen underwear out of her clothing hamper, District Attorney Timothy Sini said.

The 23-year-old woman — who once worked as an intern for Cicale when he was a municipal town attorney — was alone in her home in East Islip on Thursday when she heard a noise and saw a man running off, police said. The woman called her mother, who then called 911.

When officers arrived, they found Cicale on the street carrying several pairs of the woman’s underpants, authorities said. A police report described the underwear as “soiled.”

The 49-year-old father of three told the officers that the underwear he was carrying he had taken during a previous break-in, Sini said, but he admitted that in Thursday’s burglary he intended “to take the panties again,” according to court documents.

It was unclear why Cicale would have been carrying underwear he had taken on a previous occasion.

“This is very disturbing,” Sini said in an interview Friday. “In his confession, he noted he had urges to do this, to engage in this behavior.”

Investigators are still investigating to try to figure out how many times Cicale broke into the woman’s home, the district attorney said. She lives across the street from him.

“The underwear he had on him when police approached him were underwear that were stolen on prior occasions,” Sini said. “He admitted he had gone into the home unlawfully on …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World

      

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