Milton supervisor rehires worker at centre of computer controversy

MILTON — The town staff who admitted to eliminating data files off of the town computer systems in 2019 is again functioning at Town Corridor.

Shannon Doherty, who worked for Supervisor Scott Ostrander during his initially time period, has been rehired by Ostrander who gained a second time period in November.

“It’s nobody’s business,” Ostrander explained of Doherty. “It’s my appointment. If anyone has any issues about it, maybe they should arrive see me about it. …First of all, Shannon did not do something wrong. She place the pcs back again to manufacturing unit settings. … Nothing was completed improper.”

Former Supervisor Benny Zlotnick, who defeat Ostrander in 2019 and then missing in previous year’s rematch, does not think Doherty really should be doing the job for the city. He aired his disgust at his final assembly with the board in December.

“I want you all to know a very little bit extra about Shannon,” he said publicly. “This is the female who has admitted on tape in an interview, that the Republican committee posted on their Facebook webpage, that she did delete products off of the town desktops.”

He also complained Doherty handed out derogatory fliers that qualified a resident at a person of the city board conferences and, he mentioned, tried out to secure health insurance positive aspects from the town that she was not entitled to.

On Friday, he took a softer strategy.

“I definitely really do not want to be in the middle anymore,” Zlotnick mentioned. “It’s the supervisor’s decision and if that is the way the Republican Occasion wants to operate factors, then God bless them. I’m out.”

Doherty, as minutes from the January reorganization meeting demonstrate, is paid out $43,243 every year. On Friday, she stated that all the emails from 2017 onward are in the computer systems now.

Ostrander said the very same issue, inviting the Instances Union to come to his office to look at the personal computers.

“I’m ill of men and women producing up lies,” Ostrander reported. “I have evidence if you want to see it.”

Months just before November’s election, Doherty reported the only detail finished was the elimination of e-mail involving herself and Ostrander. She stated she was explained to how to do it by an IT professional the city contracts with.

“I was instructed everything was saved, very little would be lost,” she claimed at the time. 

Ostrander also pointed a finger at Zlotnick’s private secretary saying she “necessary assistance turning her computer on by two city employees” and that the total detail was a Home windows update.

Zlotnick, having said that, claimed that in January 2020, as he was preparing for his very first board meeting as supervisor, he found out all programs, like Term and Excel as perfectly as their documents, were being gone from the office computers. He employed an IT specialist to get the personal computers again up and functioning. A monthly bill for $270, dated March 7, 2020, signifies that the personal

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Facebook renames itself Meta amid controversy


Facebook unveiled a new name.

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Facebook said Thursday it’s rebranding itself as Meta to reflect the company’s focus on building the metaverse, a virtual world where people work, play, learn and connect with their friends and family.

Meta will be a new corporate brand that will preside over Facebook and its services including photo app Instagram, messaging app WhatsApp and its virtual and augmented reality efforts. Facebook says it will start trading under the new stock ticker MVRS on Dec. 1. 

“In our DNA, we are a company that builds technology to connect people and the metaverse is the next frontier, just like social networking was when we got started,” Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during Facebook Connect, the company’s annual VR and AR conference. Zuckerberg said that the word “meta” comes from the Greek word meaning “beyond” and that “it symbolizes that there is always more to build.”

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In a preview of the metaverse, avatars are playing chess, standing in a virtual concert, learning and working remotely. In the next five to 10 years, Zuckerberg believes, these virtual experiences will become mainstream. In the next decade, he hopes there will be a billion users in the metaverse. 

The widely rumored rebranding underscores how Facebook, founded in 2004, has grown beyond social networking. Facebook owns virtual reality headset maker Oculus, built Portal video chat devices and teamed up with Ray-Ban to release its first pair of smart glasses this year. It’s also the most high-profile rebranding of a tech company since 2015, when Google formed its parent company Alphabet.

A new corporate name, though, doesn’t fix Facebook’s seemingly endless list of problems. For years, the company has dealt with criticism that it doesn’t do enough to safeguard privacy, combat hate speech and stop the spread of misinformation. Now the social network is grappling with more allegations that it puts profits over user safety after former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked internal research to Congress and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The Wall Street Journal and then a consortium of US and international news outlets published stories based on some of those documents.


Mark Zuckerberg showcases his avatar. 

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Facebook has said its internal research is being mischaracterized to paint a “false picture” of the company. The social network says more than 40,000 people work on safety and security, and the company is on track to spend more than $5 billion on these issues this year.

“Some of you might be wondering why we’re doing this right now. The answer is that I believe that we’re put on this Earth to create. I believe that technology can make our lives better,” Zuckerberg said. 

Facebook’s new wave of controversy also hasn’t stopped the company from doubling down on

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