Facebook users may soon be seeing a lot of Netflix in their news feeds, as President Barack Obama signed into law a bill approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives to alter the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
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It’s a new year and a new U.S. Congress, and new and old members are taking to Facebook to share their photos and their thoughts commemorating the start of the 113th Congress.
Because of a law passed in 1988, U.S. Facebook users have been unable to share their Netflix viewing data — much like they do for Spotify or other applications that utilize open graph technology. However, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation recently to change this, allowing video-rental companies to get consent from their customers to share their preferences online.
As the rhetoric around the “fiscal cliff” talks heat up in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership in Congress are squaring off on Facebook to to tell their sides of the story. It’s not unlike the summer of 2011, when congressional leaders used Facebook and other social media channels to rally support for their sides during negotiations to raise the debt ceiling — and we know how well those talks went.
The men and women of the U.S. Congress may know government affairs, the economy, and public policy, but they might not be well-versed in Facebook. The social network is here to help, offering tips for the newest members of Congress looking to get started on Facebook. Even if you don’t hold office in Washington, D.C., there are some helpful hints.
The 2012 election postmortems continue, and research published in Capitol Hill newspaper Politico indicates that congressional candidates with the social media mettle to engage their Facebook fan bases got much-needed bumps on Election Day.
Maybe a picture is worth 1,000 words: More creative and visual Facebook posts could be making the difference for one Democratic Utah congressman locked in a tight re-election bid. We’ll soon learn whether his Facebook efforts result in a win on Election Day. As part of our ongoing series examining how campaigns are using Facebook, we spoke to a representative with Rep. Jim Matheson’s campaign to win re-election in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who was announced as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate Saturday, is no stranger to Facebook, and the social network exploded with activity upon the revealing of the vice presidential nominee.
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) was named the winner of the 2012 Member Online All-Star Competition, scoring the most new friends on Facebook, and connections on Twitter and YouTube, during the three-week annual contest.
The Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives launched its own version of an All-Star Game Monday, only it’s not baseball, but a three-week new media competition that pits members against each other in a race to add fans on Facebook, as well as Twitter followers and YouTube subscribers.