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Monday, June 5, 2023

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Facebook Changes Name to Meta

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed his company’s new name as Meta, as it seeks to rebrand amidst criticisms over its policies, market powers and decisions made by its algorithms.

But Zuckerberg said the name change will reflect its growing focus on the metaverse which is virtual reality.

Zuckerberg said, “Facebook is one of the most used products in the history of the world. It is an iconic social media brand but increasingly it does not encompass everything we do.”

Why it matters

The company’s family of apps—Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp will be separated as it shifts to becoming a metaverse company. The blue app will still be called Facebook but the new identity will be an umbrella name for the corporation. It said it would not change its corporate structure.

Meta means “beyond.”

The big picture

Lawmakers criticized its policy decision following a whistleblower’s revelations that the company valued profit over safety. Critics argue that the name change will help to save its reputation and avoid scrutiny.

Over 2.9 billion users are reported to use the tech giant, monthly.

What Zuckerberg said

Zuckerberg said, “Right now, our brand is so tightly linked to one product that it can’t possibly represent everything that we’re doing today, let alone in the future.

“We are a company that builds technology to connect. Together, we can finally put people at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger creator economy.

“To reflect who we are and what we hope to build,” he added.

He said the name Facebook doesn’t fully encompass everything the company does now and is still closely linked to one product, “but over time, I hope we are seen as a metaverse company.”

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram All Down in Global Outage

Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram have all stopped working after a major global outage.

The three apps are all owned by Facebook, the single giant corporation, and stopped working at around noon.

It is not known what caused the outage as users worldwide appear impacted by the outage.

Why it matters

The outage will have a vast impact since these are three of the world’s biggest app for messaging.

The outage can lead to people’s lack of trust in Facebook and the increased usage of other messaging competitors like Twitter.

Has this happened before?

The three apps all went down in 2019 for 24 hours due to “a server configuration change.”

In 2008, Facebook was knocked out by a bug and that outage lasted for one day.

What they said

All three platforms have since released statements confirming they are working to resolve the issues.

WhatsApp said, “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment. We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible.

“Thanks for your patience!”

Facebook added, “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook app. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

Instagram said, “Instagram and friends are having a little bit of a hard time right now, and you may be having issues using them. Bear with us, we are on it.”

Davis Wars With Facebook Ads as Election Looms

Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Philip Davis is tangling with advertisements on Facebook which he claims are disseminating false information about his party.

As election season heats up, Davis said in a press conference today that the Free National Movement is responsible for using social media advertisements to spread propaganda.

Why it matters

Political candidates suspect that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis will call an early election. In recent weeks, the political campaigns have intensified as both the FNM and the PLP have ratified candidates in preparation for when an election is called.

The big picture

Both political parties use social media to reach targeted audiences. In fact, it is believed that the platforms played a significant role in the 2017 General election where the political parties disseminated party rhetoric.

What Davis says

“Their strategy is to buy and lie their way through a campaign. Anyone with a phone or internet connection knows what I’m talking about.

“People are complaining to me about the toxic, deceptive ads every day that seem to be unavoidable.

“…The FNM is running a garbage juice campaign, filled with garbage juice lies,” Davis said.

Davis claims that his party has identified 11 fake Facebook groups running paid active anti-PLP campaigns from their pages.

“They are not real. They have no staff. They cannot be contacted. They do not produce, or post or advertise content except for anti-PLP and occasionally some pro-FNM content,” he claimed.”

He said these ads are “filled with disgusting lies,” which he says are about him and the newly ratified candidates.

Davis says his party will soon announce the measures it will take in regards to Facebook and its allowance to run “fake sites.”

Preacher Goes Off On 242 In The Know

A woman apostle is rebuking a popular Facebook group,  242 In The Know, after the group suggested that a prophecy she gave was false.

Apostle Yvette Saunders, dressed in a red dress and head wrap, said she speaks judgement on the group after it mocked a post of her saying “I saw water rising” as the country prepared for the passage of Hurricane Isaias.

In response to the mockery, Apostle Saunders said God told her to speak judgement on the group.

“God says I must come on and release judgement fire on 242 In The Know. You will hear about them. This is no gimmick. Notice I gat the color of judgement on. The spirit of God says to tell 242 In The Know, God’s true prophets will be respected,” she preached in a social media post.

She added that she will not be classified as other false prophets in the country.

On Saturday, after meteorologists announced that Isaias would hit the Bahamas, Saunders posted a picture on her Facebook page of water settling on Blue Hill and Carmichael Road. As confirmation to what she said God revealed to her, in the post Saunders says, “Bahamas, I told you this morning, I saw the water and God says he will speak to Nassau.”

An administrator of 242 In the Know captioned the photo, “Really Miss?”, while members of the group like Candy Rolle said, “That always like that when we have a lil rain, so that’s nothing new.”  Miguel Ferguson added, “I’m lost. She predicted rain during the hurricane season?” And Marsha Hepburn said, “That road floods on a regular.”

Saunders said they are allowing “the devil to fool” them and all those guilty of “bashing” her “will receive the judgement fire.”

Saunders has become popular on social media as she often prophesies and reveals visions that she said God gave to her about the Bahamas and the government.

She exclaimed to the group “You will not get away.”

“God says release judgement. You (the public) will hear about them.”

“You trying to say I [am] a liar. Saying ‘Miss really?’ Not even ‘Apostle Saunders’? You see the disrespect. Now because of your disrespect, God says receive the fire. Judgement is coming to you.”

Saunders said only repentance will turn back the hands of God’s judgement on 242 In The Know.

242 In The Know has since captioned her most recent post, “So no one took this woman her crazy pills a?”

Posters now wait to see if Saunders’ predictions about the group will come to pass.