What is the future of online privacy? Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center released a new study Thursday seeking answers to that question from experts, many of which mentioned Facebook in their answers.
Did Pennsylvania Facebook user Anthony Elonis do what many users of the social network do and share lyrics from a musical artist, hip-hop superstar Eminem, or was he threatening his ex-wife? The U.S. Supreme Court began arguing a case Monday that could have wide-ranging implications on the use of Facebook and other social networks.
Facebook is facing another privacy-related lawsuit from Austrian law student Max Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group, but this time, the class-action suit will be heard on the group’s home turf in Austria, rather than in Ireland, where Facebook’s European operations are based.
Facebook Vice President of Hardware Design and Supply Chain Operations and Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky left the social network to form an optical-storage startup, GigaOM reported, adding that he will continue as OCP chairman and president as an independent member.
Dating sites aren’t the only legal enterprises having difficulty advertising on Facebook, as GigaOM reports that the social network is rejecting marijuana-related ads in the states of Colorado and Washington, where the retail sale of the drug is now legal.
Facebook’s tradition of inviting the press to events without revealing what it is announcing has been passed down to Instagram, as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network will hold a media event in New York Dec. 12.
Myriad reports have said that Facebook has a problem with teen users eschewing the site for social networks such as Tumblr. A few sources have reported Friday that Yahoo may be trying to purchase Tumblr, but Facebook could also be in these discussions, as well. According to AllThingsD, Yahoo is rumored to be willing to pay up to $1 billion to purchase Tumblr, but Forbes and GigaOM think that Facebook could swoop in and add the blogging site. However, it’s unlikely that Facebook will get the chance.