Warning! Zombies are continuing to dominate our popular culture. And, beyond The Walking Dead or Ebola chatter, the apocalypse has infected Facebook, as evidenced by recent images of your friends (and strangers) in barely reanimated states attacking your News Feeds. Happy Halloween? Not quite. It’s another way you’re about to get tagged into participating in an event — and you’ll probably do so against your will, like someone suffering an infectious bite. #WakeUpSelfies are headed your way!
For the fourth consecutive year, Publishers Clearing House launched its “The Give Back” social media giving campaign as part of its relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but this time around, there’s a new twist: Rather than voting on which charities will receive charitable donations, St. Jude is guaranteed $150,000, and Facebook users who like the PCH page can add up to $50,000 to that total by playing games.
More than $100 million in charitable donations have been generated during the past 12 months due to the integration of Facebook by JustGiving, Rosalind Holley, the social giving platform’s head of brand, wrote in a guest post for the Facebook Media blog.
Shaq’s back: Retired National Basketball Association legend Shaquille O’Neal will once again be Shaq-a-Claus as part of the #PlayItForward Challenge from retail giant Toys “R” Us, benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Areas where Facebook has data centers – Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C. — have received community action grants from the social network, and Altoona, Iowa, is next up, as the social network announced in a post on its Altoona Data Center page that the deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 15.
The Ebola epidemic has been at the top of the news in recent weeks, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Foundation now has $25 million more in its coffers to fight the deadly disease, courtesy of Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
The story of two-month-old Hudson Azera Bond took a significant step toward a happy ending, as ABC 11 Together reported that he is resting comfortably at Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, N.C., after undergoing a heart transplant Monday.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a rousing success on Facebook, and on Oct. 4, a different disease will be the target, as the Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation will attempt to raise $500,000 for the fight against life-threatening immune system condition hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) with the start of its fourth-annual 700 Miles to Hope bike ride.
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer donated 40,000 shares of class-A common stock in the company to a charitable entity, while Chief Financial Officer David Wehner and Director Susan Desmond-Hellmann sold off some of their Facebook holdings, the three insiders reported in Form 4 filings Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.