It was a strange week in technology journalism. In a world where everything feels insignificant and unimportant compared to the protests surrounding George Floyd’s death in the United States and the still disastrous COVID-19 epidemic. You cannot avoid these two facts, and it seems trivial to pretend that everything is “normal” at the moment. Here are our winners and losers from last week.
Winner of the week: Twitter breaks records
Twitter has long been the social network for breaking news, and inventor Jack Dorsey and his team are currently facing the most turbulent times – ever. This week, for the first time in months, the coronavirus dominated the news rather than the growing turmoil in the United States, as protesters demand justice for the death of 46-year-old George Floyd and racial equality in society. As a result of all of this, Twitter has had the most successful ever of the past week, reaching a record number of new app installs, according to the two market analysis companies, Apptopia and Sensor Tower.
Losers of the week: Facebook employees strike
The hut on Facebook’s social media neighbor, however, is on fire. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a video conference with employees last Tuesday to discuss his decision not to censor Donald Trump’s recent posts. There would also be no links to the fact check, as is currently the case with Twitter.
Later in the week, The Verge received an 85-minute recording of the meeting, which gave an unprecedented insight into how Facebook works and how Zuckerberg manages his ship. Zuckerberg told employees that the decision not to label or remove Trump’s contributions was difficult, but correct.