Zuckerberg today came out in support of Muslims through a Facebook post which went viral. The following is his message
Zuckerberg has said that “the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism” but insists “we must not lose hope”. Facebook for a long time has received criticism for choking freedom of speech by siding with local censorship laws in certain Islamic countries in the Middle East. Though advocates of free speech want Facebook to simply refuse to operate in those Islamic countries, Zuckerberg counters it by saying:
A government passing a law that you can’t say something is one barrier against people having a voice. We try to push back whenever we get requests to block something.
Continuing to operate can help the country in other ways, such as allowing people to connect with loved ones, learn, and find jobs. So I think overwhelmingly our responsibility is to continue operating.
For several months now Facebook has been tweaking its mobile app and is making improvements to enhance user experience even at slow internet speeds. Few more updates are rolled out now to improve the way users access and use the FB app on slower internet connections.
In a recent Facebook blog post, the company stated that “our mission with News Feed is to connect people with the stories that matter most to them, but if people’s News Feeds aren’t loading because of poor internet connections, we can’t show them the most relevant stories.”
Facebook also added, “as a next step in improving people’s experiences on slower internet connections, we are shipping several changes that will more efficiently show you relevant stories in your News Feed when you’re on a slow connection and will let you compose comments on posts when you’re offline.”
Facebook is currently testing an important update in which it tracks and monitors all the previous downloaded stories on a user’s phone to identify the most relevant and and unread important stories and rank them based on importance. This will significantly reduce the loading as that Facebook can now display relevant stories that aren’t seen yet, instead of showing the loading icon (a spinner), while user looks for new stories.
This is a significant update especially for countries like India and other South Asian countries, where the average mobile internet speed is relatively low.