Tuesday’s midterm elections generated a total of 184.2 million likes, shares and comments from July 10 through Nov. 3, from 28 million U.S. Facebook users, Facebook data analyst Dustin Cable wrote in a Facebook Media blog post.
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The results of elections in the U.S. are not decided by Facebook likes, and this is a good thing, because while Shakira may be very entertaining, she is probably not best-suited to serve as president. But likes do provide an effective way to get a feel for public consensus, and with the midterm elections fast approaching, Facebook created an interactive dashboard examining candidates’ likes and people talking about this totals in races for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
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 Department of Justice rejected motions made by Facebook and other tech companies that would allow them to share more details with users on the frequency and types of requests the government makes under its surveillance programs, according to AllThingsD. The DOJ petition was filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court earlier this week.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making a rare appearance in Washington, D.C., this week. Zuckerberg has been raising his political profile since the company went public in May 2012, and this trip is a highly visible extension of that strategy.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will continue the efforts of the political-advocacy group he launched, FWD.us, to push for immigration reform when he meets with the top four Republicans in the House of Representatives Sept. 19.
Not every brand has access to Facebook hashtags yet, but one group that does — members of Congress — has taken a liking to the social network’s newest feature. Don Seymour, digital strategist for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), talked up his use of Facebook hashtags in two posts promoting an event honoring Frederick Douglass Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced the launch of Cosponsor.gov, a website and application based on Facebook that allows users to show their support for pending legislation in the House of Representatives.
All over the U.S., states are passing legislation banning employers from asking for their employees’ social media login information. However, an amendment to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA, which Facebook no longer supports) shunning this practice was shot down by the U.S. House of Representatives.