Facebook will host its annual developer conference, F8 2017 today, which also marks the tenth anniversary of the conference. The event is set to take place in San Jose and will begin at 10.30 PM IST. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will address the keynote which is considered the biggest speech he delivers every year. As seen before, Zuckerberg will announce new features on different platforms and will most likely talk about topics like artificial intelligence, Messenger and Facebook Live. This year s F8 might take a different turn as Zuckerberg is expected to talk about the multiple controversies Facebook has faced in the past year. Also Read - WhatsApp violates Indian users' rights by denying dispute resolution claims CentreAlso Read - Facebook to pay French news publishers for using its content
Talking about the most recent event Facebook has been called out for, is the recent shooting which took place in Cleveland. The accused named Steve Stephens shot a 74-year-old Robert Godwin and posted the video on Facebook. He also live streamed himself confessing to the murder and the video received millions of audiences. Facebook received backlash for taking as long as two hours to remove the video, with the plight of the victim s grandson pleading people to stop spreading the video online. Although Facebook remained defensive on trying its best to take action against such an incident, it did say that the company needs to do better .
Facebook has been in the limelight for having its hands messed up in one of the most historic US elections ever. The 2016 US Presidential elections witnessed Donald Trump winning the maximum votes, thereby shocking the entire world. The US Presidential elections garnered 716.3 million likes, posts, comments and shares and 634 million views on related videos as well. Facebook was accused of spreading fake news which led to Donald Trump winning the elections to which the company denied saying that it did not build and withhold any News Feed changes based on their potential impact on any one political party . ALSO READ: Mark Zuckerberg again denies that Facebook helped Donald Trump win US elections
Fake news itself is expected to be one hot topic for the F8 2017 conference. Over the past few months, we ve seen Facebook s efforts in the form of new tools and feature to battle fake news. Facebook rolled out a tool that alerts users about posts which contain misinformation or are disputed. Facebook is also leading a consortium where it is shelling out $14 million to create a News Integrity Initiative to help ensure that fake news is not spread across the internet altogether. ALSO READ: Facebook s new tool wants to educate you on identifying fake news
Another major reason Facebook has faced backlash for is the spread of online terrorism. Social media in general has been the target for spreading online terrorism and Facebook holding the crown of social media giant has had a big role to play in this. Facebook has over 1.86 billion monthly active users globally and its influence is unspeakable. Facebook has become a platform where people consume content in varied forms of text, images, videos, reactions and more. Facebook along with other giant internet companies have been accused by the UK government for failing to curb online terrorism despite their billion-dollar incomes . The Orlando Shooting case also involved Facebook as the victims families sued the company for allegedly providing help to the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Recently, YouTube was also held up in controversy after major brands removed their ads for being displayed along with terrorism-related content. ALSO READ: YouTube alters monetization policy, creators can monetize content only after 10k views
2016 has been a dramatic year for Facebook with the company receiving backlash one after another which is continuing this year as well. A little bit of what was mentioned above was talked about by Zuckerberg in his 6,000-word letter where he addresses some of the issues. Focusing on building a global community , Zuckerberg in his letter elaborated how the world needs to come together to eradicate the biggest problems of terrorism, climate change and pandemics. Zuckerberg also talked about Facebook s efforts to help fight these major problems and keep every user s safety in check as well. Today s keynote address by Zuckerberg will probably be one to look forward to, and it is highly expected that he brings up the various turmoil Facebook has been caught up with in its most crucial year so far. ALSO READ: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg s 6000-word letter summarized to 600, here s what he said