At the biggest mobile show in the world, it’s easy to be blinded by the vast array of shiny new phones. They have a tendency to hog the spotlight. But look a little closer and you’ll see Facebook at MWC 2019. No, it’s not launching a phone — HTC tried that with the Facebook button-rocking ChaCha back at MWC 2011 with little success. Instead, it will likely continue to press an issue that’s long been a priority for the company — improving internet access and getting more people on its social network. Go back a few years and you’ll see when Facebook really made its presence felt at the show. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spotted in his running shoes pounding the streets of Barcelona ahead of his packed-out keynote, or making a surprise appearance at Samsung’s press conference. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2019: Phone trends we’ll see 2:52 But last year was the first time since 2014 that Zuckerberg didn’t make hold his Monday night keynote speech at the conference. Instead, he left junior executives to host private meetings tucked away in hidden corners of the convention center. You can expect more of the latter this time around. It’s easy to see why Facebook would want to walk on eggshells. Just weeks after last year’s MWC, the social network found itself caught up in the worst scandal in its ten-year history after the revelation that Cambridge Analytica had exploited the data of 87 million users. The company’s presence at… [Read full story]
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