Confusion reigns in Iran, as AP reported that Shiraz Chief Prosecutor Ali Alghasimehr told official news agency IRNA that a report Tuesday by “semiofficial” news agency ISNA that Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was ordered to appear in court over alleged privacy violations by Facebook-owned applications WhatsApp and Instagram was untrue.
Facebook and its Parse cloud-application platform are set to invade Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, complete with the Parse + Facebook ice cream truck, and the social network published a schedule of Facebook and Parse SXSW events and talks in a post on its developer blog.
The charitable donations keep coming from Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, as AP reported that the couple will donate $5 million toward the $29 million cost of expanding a Silicon Valley community health center.
Veteran photojournalist David Guttenfelder was named “Instagram Photographer of the Year” by none other than Time, showing just how mainstream the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network has become.
Happy third birthday to Instagram, which launched Oct. 6, 2010. While the photo-sharing network’s milestones include its September 2012 acquisition by Facebook for $715 million and reaching 150 million monthly active users last month, Instagram shared its 10 favorite moments over the past three years.
UPDATED: For the first time since 2009, millions of Iranians were able to share their status updates on Facebook, for one day, anyway. The New York Times reported that Iran’s government restored its block on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, blaming a temporary technical glitch for their brief availability in the country.
The 2013 college football season kicked off with a handful of games Thursday night, and Data Editor Robert D’Onofrio helped Facebook users prepare for the first weekend of tailgating by analyzing the social network’s fans of the top 25 teams in the AP preseason rankings, uncovering some surprising findings, and some that were not so surprising.
The 2008 Protect Children from Sexual Predators Act in North Carolina, which prevented registered sex offenders from joining social networks including Facebook, was ruled unconstitutional by that state’s Court of Appeals.
The United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea was highly critical of Facebook in a report, saying that the social network refused its requests for information on the accounts of users suspected of involvement in piracy, and Facebook responded that it was under no legal obligation to comply with those requests.