A “red alert” has gone viral on Facebook, warning of “the worst virus announced by CNN,” which burns users’ hard drives, but no such virus exists, and the red alert is a hoax, according to Sophos’ Naked Security blog.
When Facebook introduced its redesigned News Feed, it did more than change how people view memes and photos of cats — it altered the way stories are seen. Now everyone can make news. But for those who make a living by spreading news, Facebook has changed the way stories are presented. Dean Praetorius, a senior editor with The Huffington Post, talked with AllFacebook about how the way news is presented on Facebook requires some changes to the traditional approach.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
We know how active people are on Facebook when they’re alive, but now there are tools that allow people to post to the social network after death. As CNN reported, a new group of companies allows users to still be alive on their social media accounts, even following their passing.
President Barack Obama touched on a wide range of subjects in an effort to court young voters Friday in a live interview with MTV from the White House, called “Ask Obama Live: An Interview with the President.”
Some of the premier journalists of the 2012 election cycle joined CNN Political Director Mark Preston for a Facebook Politics Live panel discussing the role that Facebook and other social media channels play in their coverage. The journos were part of a series of live-streamed interviews and discussions from the University of Denver’s DebateFest held before Wednesday night’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
With Election Day just weeks away, Facebook continued its efforts to push voter registration, following up on its creation of the I’m Voting application with CNN with the addition of a new life event in which users can indicate on their timelines that they have registered to vote.
A 22-year old Pittsburgh man has taken a hostage in a high-rise building and is using Facebook to explain why. UPDATE: AP reports that the suspect has surrendered to police.
Facebook application developers were in the spotlight for the second week in a row at the social network’s “Apps and Drinks” event held in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday to coincide with the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention. A similar event was held last week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.