Facebook added to its lobbying roster in Washington, D.C., with the addition of Caitlin O’Neill, chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Washington Post’s In the Loop blog reported.
The $9.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over Facebook’s now-defunct Beacon program, initially announced nearly three years ago (March 2010), will stand despite objections from six judges on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his Palo Alto home Wednesday night, but not everyone welcomed Zuckerberg’s guest, as some 40 protestors gathered outside the gates.
While the news from Wall Street earlier this week may not have been good for Facebook, other parts of downtown Manhattan were kind to the social network Wednesday, as U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed four shareholder lawsuits against the company related to its troubled May 18 initial public offering.
Despite the fact that Facebook-owned photo-sharing application Instagram backtracked on a controversial plan to incorporate users’ images into advertising, similar to Facebook’s sponsored stories, a class-action suit was filed against Instagram in federal court in San Francisco Friday.
Jodi Seth, communications director for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), joined Facebook’s office in Washington, D.C. (pictured), as manager, public policy and communications, succeeding Andrew Noyes, who will relocate and join the communications team at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Politico Playbook reported.
Facebook is continually changing its privacy settings, trying to give users more control over what they want to share and with whom. But still, even with the most stringent settings in place, personal information can find a way out. The Wall Street Journal examined how Facebook changed the lives of two gay college students, when a classmate added them to a public group for other gay choir singers at the school — an action that was shared on the students’ news feeds.
Facebook’s political-action committee, fbPAC, continued to hit its like button more for Republicans than Democrats in 2012, as CNNMoney reported that GOP politicians raked in $140,000 from the social network through September, compared with $127,000 for Democrats.
What’s in a name? Plenty, if you’re following the debate between Facebook and the city of New Haven, Conn., over the latter’s page on the social network.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will present a Special Recognition Award to Facebook at its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards, to be held June 2 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.