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It’s a Facebook kinda Friday.

You may not have any big plans this weekend, but Mark Zuckerberg sure does.

Before we get to those, let’s get to the first of the two FB relevant stories this Friday.

The first, reported by Reveal, suggests that Facebook “orchestrated a multi-year effort that duped children and their parents out of money, in some cases hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and then often refused to give the money back.”

Reveal’s story suggests Facebook encouraged game developers to let children spend money without their parents’ permission, something the social media giant called “friendly fraud.”

Friendly fraud. There’s your meme for this Friday.

And for the record, I never spent any money on Facebook without my parents’ permission. 

The bigger FB news is this: When he’s not encouraging small children to pilfer their parents’ bank accounts, he’s planning to integrate the company’s various messaging services: WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

According to a report from The New York Times, the move would require “thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels. 

The story suggests that even though the three services will continue to operate as stand-alone apps, their underlying messaging infrastructure will be unified and Mr. Zuckerberg “has also ordered all of the apps to incorporate end-to-end encryption,” which allegedly would protect messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in the conversation.

This is the instant messenger wars of the late 1990s and early aughts all over again, only now the stakes are much higher, with Zuckerberg fighting to keep messaging stickiness locked up inside its own FB walled garden.

One where children have been running amok with their parents’ credit cards and just waiting to take advantage of their financial freedom to buy upgrade their messaging emojis and avatars?

Hey, it’s Friday, and I’m in a mood. ; )

Written by turbotodd

January 25, 2019 at 9:52 am

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