The Linux Foundation welcomes Facebook as its youngest platinum member. However, the company is not entirely fresh because its open source group has been a gold member for some time. The highest level is linked to a place on the foundation’s board of directors, which is occupied by the head of the open source department at Facebook, Kathy Kam.
Facebook is the fifteenth platinum member of the Linux Foundation alongside AT&T, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, Tencent and VMware. Kam meets well-known companies there, as she previously worked for five years at Google and twelve at Microsoft, where she had a close relationship with the developer community for Android and Windows.
The two faces of Facebook
The public perception of Facebook is quite divided: On the one hand, the company is regularly criticized for the unrestricted collection and use of data, which it also does not protect well enough, and for its handling of political false statements and agitation. On the other hand, like Google, IBM and Microsoft, it is involved in numerous open source projects, which the developer community really appreciates.
In addition, Facebook is involved in some projects that are subordinate to the Linux Foundation, including Presto, GraphQL and the ML exchange format ONNX.
As a further project, the article highlights a data set for unmasking deepfakes and the associated ones Deepfake Detection Challenge as well as that Data for good program in the fight against Covid-19.
Like all other larger companies, Facebook uses and publishes open source projects because it apparently believes that this type of software development benefits everyone and thus the company itself the most. According to the Linux Foundation blog post In order to become a platinum member, Facebook has already invested several million dollars in open source development.