Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.
Sunday’s NBC News/Facebook Republican presidential debate resulted in more than 45,000 comments on the social network, and over 4,500 questions were submitted, according to a note on the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.
The economy and the U.S. budget deficit top the list of concerns for voters on Facebook, with some regional variations.
The “Meet the Press” weekly web show “Press Pas,” discussed whether debates matter on the Facebook D.C. page this afternoon, but sidestepped what we think is a more interesting topic: the role that the social network plays before, during and after a debate.