From calls to break up Facebook to the social network’s A.I. being unable to detect a massacre video (or stop its spread), the company’s infinite scroll of problems seemingly has no end. But as an existential crisis threatens to upend its business model and change the way the social network operates, the company has been busy at work--on pet projects, at least.
On Monday, for instance, Facebook announced a health-related data project that has nothing to do with its ongoing privacy issues, the abuse of Facebook Live to broadcast mass murders, or the looming threat of regulation. Instead the project focuses on new health maps, some of which use anonymized Facebook data, to help partner health organizations track the spread of disease and respond to health emergencies.