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Ford has a new CEO; Trump has a plan to talk to tech leaders

Plus, “the internet is broken,” says Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, and Facebook’s secret content guidelines are revealed.

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Ford has a new CEO. Jim Hackett, who once ran furniture giant Steelcase and had most recently run Ford’s self-driving car unit, replaces Mark Fields. Ford shares were down 40 percent during Fields’ three-year run; here’s video of Fields at the 2016 Code Conference. [Bill Vlasic / New York Times]

The White House plans to meet with top executives from Apple, Facebook, Google and other tech giants next month. Recode has obtained the lengthy agenda for the first meeting of Jared Kushner’s American Technology Council, which includes government modernization, big data and high-skilled immigration. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Twitter’s role in the rise of Trump is “a very bad thing,” according to co-founder Ev Williams, now founder and CEO of Medium, in a lengthy New York Times profile. Meanwhile, Twitter’s media boss, Ross Hoffman, is leaving the company; its VP of revenue products, Ameet Ranadive, announced his departure a day earlier. [David Streitfeld / The New York Times]

While Uber is looking for a new chief legal officer to deal with a Department of Justice probe and a lawsuit from Alphabet, among other things, embattled CEO Travis Kalanick has returned to social media with a crinkly-eyed smile. His recent cuddly overshares on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram appear to have a strategic element. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Netflix is hiring a vice president of global policy as part of its big expansion in Europe, where it is hiring hundreds of workers and spending billions on local content as it seeks new viewers across the Atlantic. The job had been held for six years by Christopher Libertelli, who is leaving the company. [Tony Romm / Recode]

Facebook’s secret guidelines for deciding what its two billion users can post on the site have been revealed by the Guardian, which received more than 100 internal documents that give insight into the ethical positions Facebook has taken to moderate hate speech, racism, terrorism, pornography, violence and self-harm. [The Guardian]

Top stories from Recode

The big six tech companies grew by $18 billion in total revenue and $4.5 billion in profit last quarter.

Alphanet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix all saw increases in their top and bottom lines for the first quarter.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is working on a way to connect you to people you should know.

Relationships are important to how you make decisions, the famous CEO has learned in his not-running-for-president journey.

Facebook is delaying the launch of its original videos until the end of summer.

One challenge is figuring out where these shows will live outside of Facebook’s video tab.

This Oakland high school robotics club should be the future of a more diverse tech industry.

The award-winning team also stands out for its commitment to racial and gender diversity.

Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA.

Surprisingly, the drone industry isn’t thrilled.

Facebook Messenger is updating the bot platform it launched last year.

So says VP of messaging products David Marcus on the latest episode of Recode Decode.

This is cool

Eliminating the human

Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has a theory that tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has had an unspoken overarching agenda — bypassing human interaction. And it’s not a bug — it’s a feature. [David Byrne]


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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