Facebook finally named its replacement for former Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Joanna Shields, who left the social network last October: Karmarama Executive Chairman Nicola Mendelsohn is on board as VP for the EMEA region.
Retailers in Europe have embraced the use of login with Facebook at a rate more than double that of their counterparts in the U.S., according to a study released Tuesday by Betapond, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer.
Facebook users love to travel. It’s one of the most-talked about topics, and Facebook has also changed the ways people travel. An infographic by Co-operative Travel and Neomam Studios breaks down some of the hottest destinations among Facebook users, and shows what they enjoy doing most in countries such as Spain, Greece, and Egypt.
Facebook is preparing for a major expansion of its European headquarters in Dublin, with Independent.ie reporting that the social network reached a €3.5 million ($4.58 million) agreement to rent space for at least 800 employees in the Daniel Libeskind building in Grand Canal Square.
Facebook has been battling users who either don’t exist in real life or are using a pseudonym, but the company has met resistance in Germany. However, a judge ruled Wednesday in an appeal case that German privacy laws (which would allow users to have whatever name they want on the social network) do not apply to Facebook, as the company’s European base is in Ireland, where regulations are more lax.
One of the chief complaints among Facebook users is that the changes to privacy controls have been far too confusing, with little effort in educating the users. Facebook’s No. 2 official — Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg — agrees. She admitted during a launch party in London for her book, Lean In, that one of the key mistakes the company has made was not explaining privacy controls better.
Facebook’s tag suggest feature and use of facial-recognition technology is moving in different directions on opposite sides of the globe, as the social network reintroduced the feature in the U.S. last week, while at the same time deleting all facial-recognition data in Europe, where tag suggest has been disabled since last October.
Yes, we know: Facebook is free and always will be. But Eduardo Ustaran, head of the privacy and information law group at European law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse, which specializes in technology and intellectual property, warns that proposed changes in European Union data-protection laws may force the hand of the social network, as well as other free, ad-supported online services, such as Gmail.
You don’t need to be an expert Web designer or engineer to create an engaging Facebook application. A new program from Norway — iFrapp — allows those who manage Facebook pages to create apps via a quick and easy process.