Facebook Changes Mission Statement; Hackers Altered US Voter Data

Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 1:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Logos of the social network Facebook are seen on a beach during the Cannes Lions in Cannes, France, June 21, 2017. (Reuters)

Logos of the social network Facebook are seen on a beach during the Cannes Lions in Cannes, France, June 21, 2017. (Reuters)

Facebook Changes Mission Statement to ‘Bring the World Closer Together’

Facebook’s original mission statement was “making the world more open and connected.” But as the company approaches two billion monthly users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared a new mission statement: to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” In his announcement Thursday, Zuckerberg said connecting the world and giving people voice is not enough to make the world better and that more needs to be done to bring it closer together.

Facebook Offers Indian Women Tools to Protect Privacy

Facebook’s research has revealed that Indian women are reluctant to post profile pictures on their social media timelines for fear they might be abused. To address the issue, Facebook just introduced new security features that let Indian women prevent strangers from downloading, tagging or sharing their profile pictures. The social media giant collaborated with local activists to develop the tools. The new features also include overlaying images with additional design to dissuade people from copying them.

US Officials: Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data

As the investigation into Russian hacking of the U.S. electoral systems continues to unfold, officials say hackers dug deeper and more extensively into state and local election databases in 2016. In Illinois, personal information comprised more than 90 percent of about 90,000 records that were stolen by Russian state actors, according to state officials. Writer Massimo Calabresi says investigators also found cases of voter data manipulation that were later discovered and corrected, but it is unclear if the perpetrators were Russian hackers.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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