If the initial reaction to Facebook's sudden decision to cut Australians off from the site on Thursday was idiotic, it became even more ludicrous on Friday, with reactions from politicians and the media competing to be dubbed the silliest of the lot.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made his reaction known to the blocking of news content in the country by Facebook – in a post on Facebook.
Both Google and Facebook have demonstrated to the Australian Government in no uncertain terms who exactly is calling the shots in the stoush over the news media code, but in diametrically different ways.
Forty-eight US states, led by New York, have filed a lawsuit against Facebook claiming that the company has illegally stifled competition in order to protect its monopoly power.
India has given WhatsApp, which is owned by social media giant Facebook, permission to start a payments service in the country, with the rollout initially limited to 20 million users.
When the Federal Government issued a discussion paper in September last year indicating that it wanted to use the same as the basis for drafting a new cyber security strategy for 2020, it was quite clear that what was being looked at was a bigger role for the Australian Signals Directorate.
Another confrontation may be brewing between the FBI and Apple, after the US domestic intelligence agency asked the company to help decrypt data on two iPhones which belong to a man named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who is suspected of carrying out a shooting that killed three people at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida last month.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has slammed the chief executives of Facebook and Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook respectively, accusing them of being "morally bankrupt on the issue of encryption and protecting children".
The US Government must hold Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg accountable for all the problems that the social media site has visited upon its users, Chris Hughes, a co-founder of the company, says in an op-ed, in which he also called for the company to be broken up.
Whenever Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is faced with the prospect of losing money, he does something to distract people. This time, facing what could be a fine of as much as US$5 billion for privacy violations, Zuckerberg is flailing left and right and trying to spin things as best as possible.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has a somewhat predictable way of dealing with what looks like an approaching crisis: write an op-ed that recommends some fanciful Utopian remedy for all the world's ills — that, presumably, will also cover Facebook — and hope that it will get enough traction to prevent regulation.
It is a measure of the contempt with which social media behemoth Facebook regards its users, that after an outage which spread well beyond a day, it can only issue a single tweet to explain what went wrong.
Wittingly or unwittingly, Alex Stamos, the former chief security officer of Facebook, appears to have poked fun at his former employer, Mark Zuckerberg, after the Facebook chief announced that his vision for the social media site was for it to become a privacy-focused platform.
Former Facebook Australia and New Zealand chief executive Stephen Scheeler has been appointed chairman of CeBIT Australia.
The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents from the founder of an American software company, using a rare mechanism to compel the handover of the documents during a business trip to London by the founder of Six4Three.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has spoken publicly for the first time since quitting Facebook — which acquired the encrypted messaging app for US$22 billion in 2014 — but apart from some intricate detail, has revealed nothing apart from what emerged when the news of his leaving the social media giant broke in June.
The founders of Instagram, which was bought by Facebook in 2012 for US$1 billion, have decided to leave the parent company, becoming the second prominent resignation from the company in recent times.
Undeterred by its recent travails, social media giant Facebook has started asking large American banks to share detailed information about their customers in order that it can offer new services to its two billion-plus users.
In its first move to make money off WhatsApp, Facebook has increased the functionality of the WhatsApp Business app that it has been testing for a few months, allowing companies to send messages to customers through the app.
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