How Mark Zuckerberg’s competitiveness turned Facebok into a haven for misinformation and conspiracy theories

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Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from executive editor Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday. Read on for news on how Facebook turned it into a haven for misinformation and conspiracy theories, McDonald’s worst nightmare, and former employees of Tanya Zuckerbrot’s popular F-Factor diet speaking out.

How Facebook turned it into a haven for misinformation and conspiracy theories

From Rob Price:

In recent months, posts and pages with misinformation about voting by mail and inflammatory allegations about politicians, as well as posts promoting armed right-wing militias and nazi symbolism, have spread across the social network, sometimes racking up millions of views. 

To anyone who visited Facebook in its earlier, more innocent years, the new tone of Facebook might come as a shock.

For most of its 16-year existence the company has been better known for its ability to dredge up ex-school friends and its catalogue of embarrassing old photos than for any monumental political influence and societal controversy. 

So how did Facebook become an integral part of the modern American right-wing machine?

It happened gradually over a period of several years, enabled by a competitive urge to own the conversations that fuel social media, a pattern of tuning out warning signs and a need to stay in the good graces of politicians and government regulators. 

And of course, it involves an $80 billion advertising business that grows larger the more that users of the social network stay active and engaged — regardless of what drives the engagement.

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How Mark Zuckerberg’s competitiveness and attempts to keep Facebook politically neutral turned it into a haven for misinformation and conspiracy theories that can swing elections

  Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton: Trump's attempts to falsify reality follows “pattern of the Nazis"

McDonald’s worst nightmare

From Kate Taylor:

McDonald’s sued Steve Easterbrook in August, alleging the former CEO covered up sexual relationships with three female employees during his last year at the helm of the fast-food giant. 

Easterbrook had been fired from McDonald’s in November 2019, after the company investigated a different relationship between the then-CEO and an employee that reportedly included exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photographs, but not physical contact. 

Business Insider spoke with more than half a dozen McDonald’s insiders — including corporate employees, franchisees, and Easterbrook’s ex-girlfriend — about the former CEO’s rise and fall.

Some insiders saw Easterbrook as a flirt who enjoyed his status as a bachelor, especially as he found success turning around McDonald’s business. 

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Insiders reveal how former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook went from the chain’s savior to its worst nightmare as sex-scandal accusations threaten to envelop the fast-food giant

Former employees of Tanya Zuckerbrot’s popular F-Factor diet say she fat-shamed colleagues

From Dana Schuster:

The popular F-Factor diet has come under fire, with some users claiming it’s made them sick.

Now former employees tell Insider that its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot, policed their meals and told sexual jokes in the office that made them uncomfortable.

One ex-employee said she was “fat shamed” for bringing whole-wheat pasta and homemade turkey meatballs to …read more

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