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How Many Facebook Users Have Taken The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?

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People all over Facebook are soaking themselves with ice water to bring awareness to ALS — including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. But how widespread has this been? Facebook released statistics Friday, showing that 15 million people across the social network have posted about, commented or liked a post related to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People have also posted more than 1.2 million videos.

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Valentine’s Day Facts And Figures From Facebook

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Detroit has the highest percentage of single people among U.S. cities, while single people are most likely to find relationships in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the ratio favors males seeking opposite-sex relationships in Memphis, Tenn., while females find the most favorable numbers in San Francisco, according to some Valentine’s Day facts and figures released by the Facebook Data Science Team and the social network’s consumer communications department.

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EDITED: Not With Facial-Recognition Technology, But Facebook Helps Catch Creator, Distributor Of Child Abuse Images

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Facebook’s use of facial-recognition technology has come under much scrutiny, particularly in Europe, but it also helped lead to the arrest of a man in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for possessing images of child abuse. UPDATED: As it turns out, while Facebook did assist law enforcement with the investigation, the social network’s facial-recognition technology was not a part of the process.

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