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Meta employee launches company program in honor of grandparents incarcerated during WW2

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Meta, Facebook’s parent organization, has launched a new program to support Asian Pacific Islander small businesses called Meta Prosper this APAHM.

Throughout the years in the pandemic, small businesses have suffered huge losses in sales and jobs, and have experienced higher shuttering rates and cash flow problems. Businesses owned by APIs are having an especially hard time, according to Meta’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Instagram ‘systematically fails’ to protect women from online abuse in DMs, study says

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A recent report by the U.S.-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) says Instagram “systematically fails” to protect women from online abuse and harassment. 

According to CCDH’s “Hidden Hate” report, the Meta-owned image-sharing platform did not act on 90% of complaints made about gender-based abuse and harassment received via direct messages, despite them being reported via its tools. The platform also did not resolve image-based sexual abuse messages within 48 hours.

Samsung’s new metaverse world My House hits over 4 million visits in less than a month

Samsung My House
  • Samsung Electronics’ new metaverse service My House, launched in collaboration with Naver’s 3D avatar platform Zepeto, has accumulated over 4 million visits in less than a month.
  • My House is a virtual home where users can test different Samsung products while decorating to their individual taste.
  • Lee Young-hee, the head of Samsung’s Global Marketing Center, is looking to find a better way to engage millennials and Gen Z through the metaverse.

Since the initial unveiling of Samsung’s metaverse service My House on Jan. 5, the platform has shown huge success, accumulating over 4 million visitors in less than a month.

The platform was launched at CES 2022, an annual tech show, where Samsung announced plans to introduce new appliances and products through My House while utilizing creative freedom features to draw in younger consumers. 

Billionaire DoorDash founder Tony Xu joins Meta’s board of directors

  • Following Facebook’s rebrand in October, Tony Xu has joined Meta’s board of directors.
  • Tony Xu, 37, co-founded DoorDash as an MBA student in Stanford in 2013.
  • He was the highest-paid CEO in the Bay Area in 2020, earning $413 in compensation.

Meta Platforms, Facebook’s freshly-minted parent company, named DoorDash co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Tony Xu to its board of directors on Tuesday.

In a news release, Mark Zuckerberg described Xu as “a great tech leader” who “has direct experience in both running a tech company and solving complex challenges in commerce.”

Rohingya refugees sue Meta for $150 billion over Facebook’s alleged role in stoking Myanmar genocide

Facebook faces $150B lawsuit from Rohingya refugees

Rohingya refugees are taking legal action against Meta for allegedly allowing the spread of false news and hate speech against the ethnic group on Facebook. 

About the lawsuit: On Monday, an Illinois-based Rohingya woman filed a case against Facebook’s parent company in a California court, seeking a compensation of over $150 billion on behalf of the more than 10,000 Rohingya refugees now living in the U.S., reported The Washington Post.

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