The Facebook Data Science Team conducted a detailed analysis of candidates for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate in next month’s midterm elections, examining some 150,000 posts that have generated around 20 million likes, comments and shares.
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.
The good news for Australian actress Emma Barrett is that the Kickstarter campaign to fund Take the Reins — her film based on the true story of a woman who took her own life in 2010, posting on Facebook, “Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one,” and having her post face ridicule from her friends — reached its funding goal. The bad news is that the movie is still a little short due to failed credit-card transactions, so Barrett is trying to make up a $6,300 deficit with another fundraising campaign, this time on Indiegogo.
Facebook is still refusing to pay a bounty to Khalil Shreateh, the security researcher who used the bug he discovered to post directly on Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Timeline after Facebook Security rejected his attempts to report it, but Beyond Trust Chief Technology Officer Marc Maiffret is doing his best to make sure Shreateh doesn’t walk away from this experience empty-handed.
Facebook is becoming an important fundraising stop for politicians, with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, launching his tour through Silicon Valley with a scheduled stop at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday.
In the waning days of the 2012 presidential campaign, the content President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney post to Facebook reflects their closing arguments to voters and the demographic each candidate is trying to reach.
Facebook and Twitter marketing outfit Offerpop threw its hat into the Facebook fundraising ring with its launch of Fundraise, which allows organizations to accept donations on their Facebook pages.
The U.S. Olympic Committee will solicit donations on Facebook from June 14 through July 31.