It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Facebook received about 8,500 requests for user data from governments of countries in the European Union during the first six months of 2013, involving some 10,000 accounts, Richard Allan, the social network’s director for public policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said at a hearing organized by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, offering more details on the data released by the company in August.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, in exactly 100 days, but the Olympic Athletes’ Hub application is available right now, aggregating the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds of participants.
The cover of the Oct. 28 issue of Fortune features a look at “The Real Story” behind Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and in the magazine’s profile, Facebook board member Marc Andreessen discusses how “Sheryl” has become a job title.
A November 2011 order by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ULD) for the state of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany that ordered companies to deactivate their Facebook pages was overturned Wednesday by the Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein, IDG News Service reported.
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 Weekly Highlights features photos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo to the right, of ABC News’ Ann Compton and Diane Sawyer celebrating 40 years at the network for Compton; as well as a Sept. 11 tribute by Lee Greenwood of “God Bless the U.S.A.” fame.