Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group have been a thorn in Facebook’s side since challenging the social network’s privacy policies in 2011, and they are now going after bigger game: Safe Harbor, the agreement between the U.S. and the European Union that gives more than 3,000 U.S. companies — including Facebook, Google and Apple – the ability to capture personal data from European users.
Internet users in China are apparently so eager for a taste of Facebook, which is banned in their country, that more than 80,000 followed a Facebook Inc. page on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. Unfortunately, the page turned out to be fake.
Facebook executives continued to respond to the controversy over the recent study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods. But the latest to chime in, Head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert, was not as apologetic as Data Scientist Adam Kramer, one of the study’s co-authors, or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the controversy over a study by social scientists from the social network, Cornell University, and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds to gauge the results of those users’ moods.
It may be too early to say that Facebook is cleaning up with its premium video ads, but the social network did land the Dove personal care product line from Unilever as a client, marking the first foray into the nascent sector by a consumer-packaged-goods company.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg participated in a $40 million funding round in Vicarious, which describes itself as “a secretive artificial-intelligence company,” according to The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.
An acquisition offer of more than $3 billion is nothing to sneeze at, but photo-messaging application Snapchat sneezed, turning down an all-cash offer from Facebook, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.
Fighting Over The TV: Facebook Provides Data To 10 Overseas Networks; Twitter Provides Data To Nielsen
Facebook and Twitter dug in their heels Monday in their attempts to establish beachheads in the world of television, with Facebook announcing plans to release data on actions (likes, comments, and shares) related to TV shows to 10 networks in eight overseas countries, while Twitter announced that it will provide data to ratings powerhouse Nielsen on the number of tweets about TV shows and those tweets’ total audiences.
Facebook will begin sending weekly reports to the “Big Four” television networks — ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC — and a “small number of select partners,” according to a report by The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog.
If and when Facebook finally launches video ads, it will do so without Justin Shaffer, a project manager who had been helping to lead that initiative, as Shaffer’s last day at the social network will be Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reported.