John Naughton: The exit of Instagram’s founders shows Zuckerberg’s rule is absolute | John Naughton

Facebook will always data-mine its users for the benefit of advertisers, whatever the lofty principles of the apps it buys

Last week, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, announced that they were leaving Facebook, where they had worked since Mark Zuckerberg bought their company six years ago. “We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again,” Systrom wrote in a statement on the Instagram blog. “Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what we plan to do.”

Quite so. It’s always refreshing when young millionaires decide to spend more time with their money. (Facebook paid $715m for their little outfit when it acquired it; Instagram had 13 employees at the time.) But to those of us who have an unhealthy interest in what goes on at Facebook, the real question about Systrom’s and Krieger’s departure was: what took them so long?

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Owen Jones: Britain’s far right is on the rise – thanks in large part to the media | Owen Jones

By failing to challenge his views, Sky News acts as a recruiting sergeant for Tommy Robinson

When the history of the far-right revival is written, the judgment cast on the British media will be deservedly brutal. Last night, it was the turn of Sky News to play what could be called the game of “clever bastards”. A self-satisfied media elite justifies providing the far right with a platform on the basis that they will expose and therefore discredit Islamophobic bigots, because they are such clever bastards. Yesterday Sky interviewed career criminal and football hooligan Tommy Robinson, a man who has been convicted of offences ranging from assault to fraud. Let me stun you by revealing that, no, the ultimate takedown of Tommy Robinson did not take place. Robinson did have the opportunity to post the full unedited interview on his Facebook page, though: Sky News has provided him with a copy to go viral on social media, presenting himself, again, as a courageous anti-establishment martyr.

Related: ‘Tommy Robinson’ is no martyr to freedom of speech | Owen Jones

Related: Tommy Robinson’s cheerleaders are hypocrites, but his strategy is working | Julia Ebner

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