Facebook cofounder calls for company to break up over ‘unprecedented’ power

Chris Hughes wrote in the New York Times Facebooks acquisition of rival platforms has given Zuckerberg un-American control A cofounder of Mark Zuckerbergs power is unprecedented and un-American. Chris Hughes, who helped established Facebook after meeting Zuckerberg at wrote in the New York Times that Facebooks acquisition of rival platforms had given Zuckerberg unparalleled power over speech and that, from the early days of Facebook, Zuckerberg had touted domination as an ultimate goal. Marks influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp that billions of people use every day, Hughes wrote. We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, …

Here’s what we didn’t know when William Barr released his letter in March

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. On Tuesday both the NYT and the Washington Post were working on stories about Mueller’s previously undisclosed private letter. The Post’s story hit first, just after 7 p.m., and the NYT followed just a few minutes later. When the stories hit, I felt a flashback to the days of 2017 and 2018 when the Times and the Post published dueling scoops the way fighters trade blows… Mueller was watching… The Post also reported that Mueller and Barr spoke by phone on March 28. “In that call, Mueller said he was concerned that media coverage of the obstruction …

Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi and Tiger Woods made Time’s 100 most influential people list

New York (CNN Business)An Egyptian soccer hero and a sporting legend who just completed an improbable comeback. The first woman to be speaker of the house and the youngest woman elected to Congress. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. As in previous years, Time assigned a number of marquee names to write about the 100 people who cracked the 2019 list. Hillary Clinton wrote about Nancy Pelosi, who became the first woman elected as House Speaker in 2007 and returned to the post in January. Clinton said Pelosi “is living proof that when it comes to getting the job done, more often than not, it takes a woman.” Tiger Woods, fresh off his enthralling triumph at The Masters, …

‘When Im 16, my baby brother will take over’: the rise of the kidfluencer

Tekkerz kid, 10, gets stopped in the street by fans; The McClure twins, five, have 1.7 million Instagram followers. Whats life like as a tiny influencer? Ryan is seven years old and makes a reported $22m (16.8m) a year. His YouTube channel, Tiana, a bubbly 11-year-old toy reviewer from Nottingham (4.4 million subscribers) who has queues of children snaking through shopping centres for meet-and-greets during school holidays. There are hundreds getting more than 100,000 clicks a time, or with six-figure follower counts, such as Super Awesome. But every generation has that same obsessional, cult-like draw towards what is popular, just like the one that wanted to marry Backstreet Boys. Launching children on to platforms that were built for adults is …

Alabama newspaper editor who urged Klan to ‘ride again’ replaced by African-American woman

(CNN)An African-American woman is now the publisher and editor of the Alabama newspaper that recently urged the Ku Klux Klan to “night ride again,” the paper said. Dexter’s family has “strong roots and a rich history in Marengo County where her dad, John Dexter Jr. was born,” the newspaper said. Sutton’s editorial sparked outrage around the country. “Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again,” Sutton wrote. “Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats are plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” Sutton told the Montgomery Advertiser he urged the white supremacist group to “clean out D.C.” via lynchings. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them,” Sutton told the …