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Hello from me a little earlier than usual in the day — I wanted to make sure I got the newsletter out
 
June 12 · Issue #341 · View online
The Interface
Hello from me a little earlier than usual in the day — I wanted to make sure I got the newsletter out before I get on a plane. I’ve got four things for you as the Code Conference wraps up in Phoenix.
One, welcome to a new design for The Interface! We wanted to give the newsletter a bold, clean look that played up actual interface elements in the banner, and I love what my colleague William Joel came up with. Let me know if it’s working for you!
Two, most of the Code sessions have now been posted online. You’ll probably want to watch Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher’s interviews with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Twitter executives Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour. Also, my Monday interview with Facebook’s Adam Mosseri and Andrew “Boz” Bosworth was taken down and re-posted for some reason; you can now find it here.
I also invite you to watch my Tuesday interview with Nicole Wong, a former deputy US chief technology officer who previously served as a lawyer for Twitter and Google; Jessica Powell, author of The Big Disruption and former head of communications at Google, and former Facebook employee and Chaos Monkeys author Antonio García Martínez. Among other things, we talked about why Googlers protest in public and Facebook employees don’t.
Three, events at Code are reverberating at Google, where Google CEO Sundar Pichai referenced Wojcicki’s interview in a letter to LGBTQ employees. He suggested that the company will now lean more heavily on its own LGBTQ employees when making content moderation decisions that affect the community. My colleague Megan Farokhmanesh has the letter:
With respect to YouTube, Susan and the team are already taking a hard look at the harassment policies and will do this in consultation with many groups, including people who have themselves experienced harassment. We’re also thinking through ways to engage more with our LGBTQ+ community at important moments and get input from our ERG leads and representatives.
I appeared on CNBC this morning with Kara Swisher, and host Carl Quintanilla showed us a fun package of all the times a CEO apologized on stage today, or told us that they wished they were making progress faster. I suppose that’s not exactly news — the tech platforms have been in full-on apology mode since late 2016 — but it has been remarkable to see Code evolve from a conference focused largely on the potential of technology companies to one that reckons with their power. That’s something I try to do in this newsletter, and so it felt great to step on stage this year and do it live with some of the people working on these issues.
Last, The Interface will be off tomorrow as I wrap up a major new reporting project that we plan to publish soon. When it’s ready to go, you’ll hear about it here first.

Democracy
Facebook Worries Emails Could Show Zuckerberg Knew of Questionable Privacy Practices
Antitrust Chief Rips Google and Amazon, Citing Historic Breakups
Facebook Failed To Delete 93% Of Posts Containing Speech Violating Its Own Rules In India
McConnell Is Blocking Any Plan to Prevent a Russian Election Attack in 2020
Tech Antitrust Hearing Focuses on News Media ($)
Pinterest Bans Anti-Abortion Group Live Action for Posting Misinformation
Elsewhere
This Deepfake of Mark Zuckerberg Tests Facebook’s Fake Video Policies
We’re all going to die — what happens to our Facebook accounts?
Fortnite maker Epic Games buys video chat app Houseparty
Influencers Aren't Flooding Chernobyl to Take Photos
CNN explains why it's pulling its high-performing Anderson Cooper news show off Facebook Watch
Catching Up With Facebook Watch
The Groups Where Thousands of Facebook Users Ask for Money
Journalist David Neiwert: Twitter Suspended Me for Displaying Book About Far-Right
Launches
Facebook is now helping blood drives in the US reach willing donors
Takes
YouTube and Instagram’s Scale Defense ($)
And finally ...
Five Signs a Viral Story Is Fake
Talk to me
Send me questions, comments, tips, and feedback on our new design! casey@theverge.com
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