Facebook Chief Technology Officer to Step Down in 2022

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that Mike Schroepfer, the chief technology officer and a longtime executive, planned to step down from his position next year, in a rare change to the top ranks of the social network. Mr. Schroepfer, who

Shrink Facebook to Save the World

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns. Facebook apps are popular almost everywhere in the world. But we might all be better off if they weren’t. The company’s most shameful human toll —

These Apps Deliver Food and Misery

This article is part of the On Tech newsletter. Here is a collection of past columns. Many of the delivery businesses that have sprung up in the last few years make no financial sense and may be turning us into monsters. I’m

No More Apologies: Inside Facebook’s Push to Defend Its Image

The changes have involved Facebook executives from its marketing, communications, policy and integrity teams. Alex Schultz, a 14-year company veteran who was named chief marketing officer last year, has also been influential in the image reshaping effort, said five people who worked

Worried About Your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help.

The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that researchers at Instagram had studied for years how its photo-sharing app affects young users and found that it can be particularly harmful to teenage girls, news that alarmed parents and lawmakers. According to the

Worried About Your Teen on Social Media? Here’s How to Help.

The Wall Street Journal revealed last week that researchers at Instagram had studied for years how its photo-sharing app affects young users and found that it can be particularly harmful to teenage girls, news that alarmed parents and lawmakers. According to the

Apple and Google Remove ‘Navalny’ Voting App in Russia

The Russian government had been increasingly blunt in recent days about its willingness to use threats of arrest to prevent the use of the app. “With the participation of Apple and Google, specific crimes are being committed, the scale of which may

Apple iPhone 13 Review: The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever

The truth is that smartphones peaked a few years ago. After so many advances, the miniature computers have reached incredible speeds, their screens have become bigger and brighter, and their cameras produce images that make amateur photographers look like wizards. The problem

What a Fungus Reveals About the Space Program

I spend a lot of time lately thinking about a fungus called Pilobolus. It lives on dung, mostly from cows and horses, happily munching away, enriching the soil as it goes, until it starts to run out of dung to eat. Then

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