Is it Real Internet?

In the midst of controversy, Internet.org, Facebook’s project to bring the internet to the world is facing strong criticism. Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring the internet to underdeveloped areas of the world without internet access via mobile phones. Along with partners such as Samsung, Internet.org will bring affordable access with a limited number of services; it provides a light internet without videos, large images, Java and VoIP services.

However, the criticism stems from the proprietary restrictions placed by Facebook on the offered access. Guidelines set by Facebook are in place which could restrict internet neutrality by offering limited access to the internet which could potentially be influenced by governments or special interest groups. Net neutrality is a concept by which all data is treated equally. Also, cheaper mobile phone models cannot as yet handle “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure” which leaves the subscriber open to security holes and privacy concerns like those held by Sergio Cortes.

Unless Facebook can overcome these obstacles, Internet.org can’t be called a true internet

Facebook $15 Per Hour Wage In

With all of the recent talk about fair wages and better benefits for women, Facebook is one of many companies that has stepped up to the plate and increased its offerings to employees. In addition to a $15 per hour wage increase, all employees can expect additional benefits which include parental leave support and 15 paid days off annually. These perks are available to both contract employees and Facebook vendors. COO Sheryl Sandber made the announcement on Tuesday.
Employees were enjoying these benefits on May 1 at the Menlo Park, CA, headquarter office. Other offices can expect to see their benefit changes and wage increases within the next year. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital sees the financial benefits for employees – read about him in this article at Fortune.com. Who will be the recipients of these benefits? Employees who contract for the company usually handle services that include cleaning of office spaces, transportation services and security will be one recipient of the wage increases.
With these changes Facebook hopes to offer an equal platform for both men and women while meeting the changing needs of women and families.

Facebook Hoax Ended at Psychiatric Ward

The Facebook Suicide Prevention Program started in February. But has it saved lives? Shane Tusch from San Mateo, California, decided to test it. He posted a suicidal threat stating he was going to hang himself from Golden Gate Bridge. He got reported almost immediately by someone who is a remote acquaintance to him, and the authorities reacted.

The man was driven to the hospital and put in psychiatric care for three days. They obliged the patient to take tests. Flavio Maluf suggests the man concluded that Facebook’s system was wrong. He had been denied any kind of human care during the process, the Californian complained. Hence, a better idea would be to leave suicide prevention to families and friends until a better way of helping the potential victims is developed.

Shane said that he was married and had two children; there were no actual debts that were to make him commit suicide. His hoax led to 70 lost hours and the conclusion that he should be very careful with the social networks.