Facebook’s tense team meeting
Good morning! This Wednesday, a Facebook all-hands gets confrontational, organizing on Instagram gets complicated, and Zoom gets richer.
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Microsoft Teams wants to play nicely with competitors, but Microsoft 365 boss Jared Spataro said not that nicely:
The scooter industry is headed for huge consolidation, NGP Capital's Paul Asel said:
"Why are the smartest people in the world focused on contorting and twisting our policies to avoid antagonizing Trump?"
That's just one of the questions Mark Zuckerberg faced during an all-hands call yesterday with about 25,000 employees, The New York Times reported, as he attempted to address everything from Facebook's moderation decisions to its diversity and inclusion initiatives.
One interesting tidbit from Vox's story: Zuckerberg said only a small group was involved in the decision on Trump's post, including himself, Sheryl Sandberg, policy VP Joel Kaplan, and head of diversity Maxine Williams. (Williams was reportedly the only black employee consulted.)
Zuckerberg promised more transparency over complicated decisions in the future.
How many of those 25,000 people on the call agree with him? We're going to find out.
There are nearly 17 million posts on Instagram with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. Many of the most recent ones show the same thing: a black square, posted by millions of users in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice. Scrolling through the posts is a powerful experience.
But it created a problem: Many people used #blacklivesmatter as a way to organize and share information, and a wall of empty black boxes made information harder to find.
#blackouttuesday became the quasi-official hashtag of the movement, with nearly 26 million posts. But it was interesting evidence that, for all the talk of social's power of connectivity, these platforms aren't always good at helping people come together in all the complicated ways they want to.
Walmart Commits to Over $935 Million in Bonuses for Associates this Year
Walmart announced plans to provide another cash bonus for all U.S. hourly associates to recognize them for their many contributions to communities across the country during this unprecedented time.
Technically, the California Consumer Privacy Act has been law since January. Companies were given six months to figure out how to comply, while the state figured out the final rules and how to enforce them.
Enforcement never stops being tricky, as we've seen with GDPR. But at least now we have the rules: California AG Xavier Becerra submitted final regulations to the state's Office of Administrative Law yesterday.
The law has been through the ringer recently, subject to open forums and public comments from a huge number of people.
There's a final review step for the rules, before they're signed into law. CCPA enforcement is scheduled to begin July 1, which means businesses have a month to get caught up on the rules and get on board.
Anthony Harrison has left Facebook. He was the company's global corporate communications leader — and I'm told he left a couple of weeks ago, before the recent problems started (and well before people started leaving because of the recent problems).
Rivian laid off about 40 employees, and hired a number of executives including a new COO: Rod Copes, a longtime motorcycle executive. Also joining the ranks are several former Tesla engineers and Georgios Sarakakis, a reliability expert who's worked at basically every futuristic car company out there.
Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary is now a partner at Unusual Ventures, focused on consumer investing. She's apparently already made her first (as yet unannounced) investment, too.
Twitter named Patrick Pichette as its new board chairman. Formerly Google's CFO, he's been on Twitter's board since 2017, and replaces Omid Kordestani, who will stay on as a director.
PagerDuty hired Manjula Talreja as its first Chief Customer Officer. She comes from a similar role at Salesforce, and will run PagerDuty's whole customer success team.
June 22. That, apparently, is the date Amazon would like all of us to come out of hiding and start buying crap again. The company has reportedly been telling sellers it's hosting a "summer sale" on the first day of the season, which it's been calling "Biggest Sale in the Sky." Which, sure. Expect big discounts, and a big push from Amazon now that its operations are getting back up to speed — it has a lot of sellers, buyers and shippers to make happy again as life starts to return to normal. Cheap battery cases for everyone!
Walmart Repeats Cash Bonus for Associates
Bonuses will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates - totaling more than $935 million in bonuses this year.
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