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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s long-serving second-in-command, has resigned.

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Hemant Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 3rd June 2022

Sandberg, 52, was one of Silicon Valley’s most powerful women, and her exit comes as the social media behemoth confronts a bleak future and severe competition.

Sheryl Sandberg, Meta’s second-in-command, is stepping down after helping the firm develop from a startup to a digital advertising powerhouse but also bearing responsibility for some of the company’s most severe mistakes.

Sandberg has served as the company’s chief operating officer for the past 14 years. She started working for Google four years before the firm went public, in 2008.

“When I took this job in 2008, I hoped I would be in this role for five years.” Fourteen years later, it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life, “Sandberg wrote on her Facebook page Wednesday.

Sandberg was in charge of Facebook’s (now Meta) advertising company, which he helped build from a startup to a $100 billion-a-year monster. Following allegations that some of her business choices for Facebook led to the spread of disinformation and hate speech, Sandberg, the company’s second most well-known face behind CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has become a polarising figure.

Despite being one of the most influential female executives in the internet business, she was constantly scolded for not doing enough for women and others hurt by Facebook’s products. Her public-speaking abilities, as well as her seeming ease in linking the worlds of technology, commerce, and politics, contrHis politicsarply with Zuckerberg’s, particularly in the early days of Facebook. On the other hand, Zuckerberg has been catching up, in part to prepare for impending senate investigations in which he will defend Facebook’s activities.

Neither Sandberg nor Zuckerberg stated that Sandberg’s decision to resign was a result of her own free will. However, in recent years, other close allies of Zuckerberg, including as Chris Cox, who returned to the company in 2020 as chief product officer after a year away, have been more conspicuous.

“Sheryl Sandberg had an enormous impact on Facebook, Meta, and the broader business world.” “She helped Facebook build a world-class ad-buying platform and develop groundbreaking ad formats,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst at Insider Intelligence. But she added that Facebook faced “huge scandals” under Sandberg’s watch—including the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle in 2018, and the 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

And now, Meta is “facing a slowdown in user growth and ad revenue that is now testing the business foundation that the company was built on,” she said. “The company needs to find a new way forward, and perhaps this was the best time for Sandberg to depart.”

Sandberg will leave Meta in the autumn but will remain on the board of directors.

Javier Olivan, who presently supervises important activities at Meta’s four primary applications — Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger — will serve as Meta’s new COO, according to Zuckerberg’s own Facebook post. But it will not be the same role Sandberg has held for the previous 14 years.

“It will be a more traditional COO role where Javi will be focused internally and operationally, building on his strong track record of making our execution more efficient and rigorous,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Sandberg has long been Zuckerberg’s No. 2, even sitting next to him in the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters — at least before the pandemic — but she also had a very public-facing job, meeting with lawmakers, holding focus groups, and speaking out on issues like women in the workplace and, most recently, abortion.

“I think Meta has reached the point where it makes sense for our product and business groups to be more closely integrated, rather than having all the business and operations functions organized separately from our products,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Sandberg, who lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, suddenly in 2015, said she is “not entirely sure what the future will bring.”

But she wrote, “I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever given how critical this moment is for women.” She also mentioned that she is tying the knot this season and that raising their five kids will be an aspect of their life.

The grown-up in the room

Sandberg, now 52, was one of the first to help Google create what would become the internet’s largest—and most profitable—advertising network. She left that position, however, to take on the challenge of turning Facebook’s freewheeling. He turned the network into a profitable corporation while simultaneously mentoring Zuckerberg, who was 23 at the time.

She proved to be just what the firm and the then-immature Zuckerberg needed at the appropriate moment, paving the way for Facebook’s much-anticipated first public offering of shares a decade ago.

Sandberg became the engine of a corporation fuelled by a quickly rising digital ad business that has grown almost as successful as the one she helped piece together around Google’s dominating search engine, while Zuckerberg remained the company’s visionary and controlling shareholder.

Facebook’s business, like Google’s, has thrived on its ability to keep its users coming back for more of its free services while leveraging its social networking technology to learn more about people’s interests, habits, and whereabouts—a nosy model that has repeatedly entangled the corporation in discussions about how a right to individual privacy still remains in a progressively digital world.

Sandberg has been looked up as an inspiration for working women as one of the top female executives in technology, a role she seemed to embrace with her best-selling 2013 book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”

However, “Lean In” was met with quick backlash. Sandberg has been dubbed a “PowerPoint Pied Piper in Prada ankle boots” by New York Times writer Maureen Dowd, and some have said she is the inappropriate person to head a women’s movement.

In a subsequent book on the husband’s death, Dave Goldberg, she addressed some of the criticism. Goldberg became a symbol of agonising sadness in 2015 when she died in a car accident while working out on vacation, leaving her widowed with two children while continuing to assist in operating one of the world’s most well-known enterprises.

Cracks in the outside

Sandberg has been a contentious figure in recent years, following allegations that some of her business choices for Facebook contributed to the spread of disinformation and hate speech. Critics and a business whistleblower claim that the effects have harmed democracy and created serious emotional difficulties for teenagers, especially girls.

Sandberg, according to Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” is as much to blame as anybody for one of Big Tech’s most sinister inventions: the collecting and aggregation of data on social media users’ behaviour and preferences. Facebook has been sharing user data with marketers and business partners for years.

Zuboff wrote, “through the artful manipulation of Facebook’s culture of intimacy and sharing.”

Sandberg is dubbed the “Typhoid Mary” of surveillance capitalism by Zuboff, who refers to the benefiting off the gathering of data from social media users’ online activity, tastes, external data, and connections as “typhoid Mary.”

“Sheryl Sandberg may consider oneself a feminist, but her decisions at Meta made social media platforms less safe for women, people of colour, and even threatened the American electoral system,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a gender justice advocacy group that has been calling for Sandberg’s resignation.

Sandberg has made various public gaffes at Facebook, like attempting to blame the insurgency at the US Capitol on Facebook on January 6, 2021. She stated the activities of the day were “primarily organised on platforms that don’t have our capacity to block hatred, don’t have our standards, and don’t have our transparency” in a Reuters interview later that month.

Internal emails released later that year by whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed that Facebook’s own workers were concerned about the company’s sluggish and frequently reversed response to escalating radicalism in the United States, which culminated in the events of Jan. 6.

At the height of the chaos on Jan. 6, one employee posted on an internal message board, “Haven’t we had enough time to find out how to moderate conversation without supporting violence?” “We’ve been putting fuel on this fire for a long time, so it’s no wonder that it’s now out of control.”

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US Supreme Court repeals landmark Roe Vs Wade judgement which granted women the constitutional right to abortion

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Megh Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 29th June 2022

On Friday, the US Supreme Court overrode the historical Roe Vs Wade judgment of 1973 which had granted women the constitutional right to abortion.

The court stated, “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

It is being projected that at least half of the 50 American states would severely restrict or even criminalize abortions. As per CNBC, 14 American states have either immediately banned or restricted abortions or will do so in the near future.

The list includes – Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Utah, Alabama, Idaho, Tennesee, Texas, Mississippi, Wyoming and North Dakota.

The verdict drew widespread criticism from US President Joe Biden and several top world leaders including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, all of whom took to Twitter to express their displeasure:

In contrast, the Vatican leadership and US bishops who have always been ardent critics of the practice of abortion, supported the verdict.

Praising the verdict, The Pontifical Academy for Life (The Vatican’s Academy for Life) issued this statement:

Echoing the sentiment, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also issued a statement. A part of the statement has been displayed below and the link for the full statement will be provided in the caption:

These religious bodies have no inputs or recommendations on what needs to be done when pregnancies occur due to horrific crimes like rape or sexual assault.

With widespread racism, teenagers murdering dozens of people with guns on the streets, the worst Wuhan Virus response in the world and now women being deprived the right over their own bodies by the country’s top court, the United States of America should stop moral counseling and preaching other nations on their internal matters and focus on the sorry state of affairs back home. The world should also take notice and stand up to this hypocrisy. 

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चीनी कंपनी से जुड़े 400 CA और CS पर होगी कार्यवाई

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Nazneen Yakub – Mumbai Uncensored, 20th June 2022

केंद्र सरकार ने 400 चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट (CA)और कंपनी संचिवों (CS)पर अनुसशासनात्मक जांच की जाएगी। सीए और सीएस के ऊपर आरोप है कि वह चीनी कंपनियों के साथ शामिल है, उन्होंने कथित तौर पर मानदंडों की धज्जियां उड़ाई हैं।
दरअसल साल 2020 में गलवान की घटना के बाद चीनी व्यापारिक संस्थाओं के खिलाफ सरकार ने संदिग्ध कदम उठाए थे। जिससे संबंधित जांचों के आदेश जारी किए गए है।

सरकार के एक वरिष्ठ अधिकारी अखबार से बताया है कि जिन चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट और कंपनी सचिवों के खिलाफ अनुशासना्त्मक कार्रवाई शुरू की गई है, उन्होंने बड़ी संख्या में चीन के स्वामित्व वाली या चीनियों की ओर से बड़े शहरों में चलाई जाने वाली शेल कंपनियों को नियमों और कानून के पर्याप्त अनुपालन के बिना इनकॉर्पोरेट करने में मदद की थी। कॉर्पोरेट मामलों के मंत्रालय ने पिछले दो महीनों से वित्तीय खुफिया यूनिट से प्राप्त सूचनाओं के आधार पर कार्रवाई की सिफारिश की है।

चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट मामलों को देखने वाली वैधानिक संस्था इंस्टीट्यूट ऑफ चार्टर्ड अकाउंटेंट्स ऑफ इंडिया (आईसीएआई) ने अखबार को दिए एक बयान में कहा है, ‘आईसीएआई का अनुशासनात्मक निदेशालय सीए प्रोफेशनलों के खिलाफ देश भर के विभिन्न रजिस्ट्रार ऑफ कंपनीज से शिकायतें प्राप्त कर रहा है, जो कि चीनी नागरिकों से जुड़ी कंपनियों के साथ उनके कथित रूप से ताल्लुकातों को लेकर है।’ हालांकि, आईसीएआई ने फिलहाल उनके कथित दोष को लेकर जांच पूरी होने से पहले किसी तरह की टिप्पणी करने से इनकार कर दिया है।

पिछले दो वर्षों में सरकार के सख्त कदमों के चलते चाइनीज कंपनियों से आने वाला प्रत्यक्ष विदेशी निवेश (एफडीआई) एकदम गिर गया है, लेकिन पिछले साल दोनों के बीच द्विपक्षीय व्यापार रिकॉर्ड 125 बिलियन डॉलर तक पहुंच गया है। डिपार्टमेंट फॉर प्रमोशन ऑफ इंडस्ट्री एंड इंटर्नल ट्रेड के आंकड़ों के मुताबिक 2020 में अप्रैल से जून (साल 2000 से लेकर) के बीच चीन से एफडीआई 15,422 करोड़ रुपए था, लेकिन 2022 की पहली तिमाही में यह गिरकर 12,622 करोड़ रुपये तक आ चुका है।

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India comes last in the Global Environmental Performance Index 2022

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Ranks at 180 in the EPI Index. Centre opposes the Rankings, calls it ‘unscientific’ & ‘Biased’

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 11th June 2022

On June 8, 2022 came the report of Global Environment Performance Index published by the Yale Centre for Environment Law & Policy in association with International Earth science Information Network, Columbia University & World Economic Forum. The report consisted of assessment on 180 global nations on the basis of 40 indicators. But what came as a shock was the Performing Score of India  at 18.9 which makes India the lowest in the rank. What comes as a big blow is that the peer countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan & Vietnam have fared above India in the rank. 

It is worth noting that the EPI calculation variables majorly comprises Air Quality Index, Biodiversity, Energy policies, Water Resources, Agriculture and Forest cover. On the contrary, it was Denmark who secured the first position in the index. In the preceding 2020 EPI index, India’s rank was 168/180 which ultimately shows the major drop making India the world’s least sustainable country.

In response to the EPI Index , the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change ( MOEFC ) issued a statement calling out the EPI score to be unscientific and biased in its methodology. The Environment Ministry rebutted that the indicators like forests- wetlands, energy efficiency, soil health, Agro Biodiversity & food loss/waste in which India was faring well in recent time were not taken into consideration in the report. Not just the government but several Environmentalists questioned the credibility of the report as just a few months back, India secured 10th Rank in the Climate Change Performance Index by CAN International and German Watch. One of the renowned Environmentalists and the CEO of IForest, Mr. Chandra Bhushan took a dig at EPI team. Here’s what he said.

What makes the report looks unsuitable to the Centre is the latter’s stance over the Environmental policies. Over the span of 8 years, the think tanks and the MOEF&CC under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi have launched the AMRUT Mission ( for clean cities ), Namami Gange ( river clean-up programme ) , Soil health card in collaboration with ‘Save Soil’ initiative, International Solar Alliance ( to promote resilience of infrastructure systems to climate & disaster ), India Cooling action plan (ICAP ), LiFE Global Movement (for sustainable development & eco friendly lifestyle ) , Eco- Development Force scheme ( for ecological restoration ), Swachh Bharat and much more.

Even the central government achieved the COP21 target of 40% of electricity consumption from non-fossil energy sources , a record 9 years earlier than 2030. And the recent commitment of Net Zero Carbon emission by 2070 at the COP 26 conference at Glasgow, England all indicates the sign of betterment in the field of Environment which ironically shouldn’t make India suffer a big blow in terms of EPI rank.

But then the question arises on the moral grounds and the factors fulfilment which either of the two ( EPI or MOEF&CC) seems to be disenchanted in case the research & implementation contradicts. Only time will tell the achievements of the Environmental Ministry’s policies with respect to the hypothesis of the EPI 2022 report. For now, the conversation between the World Economic Forum & ruling GOI doesn’t seem to be on the same page.

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