Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 20 November 2018

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Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook
Two contrasting Wired Magazine covers on Facebook (Image Credit: Wired)

Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin, published every Tuesday at 06:00 GMT.

Facebook Under Fire (Again)

Trouble at Menlo Park.

An extensive investigation by the New York Times, based on interviews with many current and former employees, has found Facebook adopted a strategy of “Delay, Deny and Deflect” when faced with evidence of misuse of its platform by Russian intelligence agents during the 2016 US Presidential Election.

It also hired a Washington based PR firm Definers Public Affairs to seed opposition research on Facebook’s critics – which both Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg deny any knowledge of.

The New York Times investigation drew an equally defensive response from the company, threatening to sack employees who speak to the press.

Bloomberg reports that continued questions over the company’s strategy has had a bruising impact on internal morale.

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has conceded that regulation of the technology sector is inevitable.

On a related note, investigative journalists Carole Cadwalladr and Peter Jukes have launched a new podcast Dial M for Mueller on why the UK hasn’t followed the US in investigating interference by malicious actors in democratic processes.

Also of note this week:

Last week was not a good week for print media in the UK. Shortlist will close as a weekly print title on 20 December 2018. Another men’s title Esquire will go bi-monthly from February 2019.

BuzzFeed’s founder moots a merger with its online rivals such as Vox. (New York Times)

Jeff Bezos: “One day, Amazon will fail.” (CNBC)

Instagram takes action to remove likes, follows and comments automatically generated by third party apps. (Instagram Press)

Inside the Voice Assistant “revolution”. (Recode)

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