Facebook is continuing to grow, shooting past 1 billion users, but where are these people coming from? A new report from social statistics firm Socialbakers shows that many of them are coming from the Middle East and North Africa region, which accounts for an average of 21 new registrations per minute.
With 36 percent of its population active on the network, the United Arab Emirates shows the highest proportion of its inhabitants on Facebook among Arab-land countries, according to an Arab social media report prepared by the Dubai School of Government, as reported by Mashable.
Those who erroneously blamed Facebook for causing political upheaval in the Middle East, now hear this: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a chat on his Facebook page in Arabic.
Bahrain’s Sh’ite Muslim opposition have been organizing anti-government protests throughout the island nation, starting yesterday in what has been called Day of Wrath, and continuing today.
The so-called Facebook-powered revolution happening in Egypt appears to be emboldening an ever-widening array of middle eastern nations to call for their own protests and also seek supporting demonstrations at embassies around the world.
Yet another celebrity-related story for Facebook today (we’re trying not to overdo the celebrity news here); British model Jordan (real name Katie Price) has had her Facebook group removed by the social network for violating the terms of service. After reaching the 5,000 friend limit on Facebook, Jordan set up a group on the popular site in order to maintain a relationship with her fans.
According to The Sun, however, Jordan’s group was removed by Facebook as it was not created for a company or product. Jordan reportedly contacted Facebook requesting a copy of its policy, stating that she won’t be gotten rid of so easily. What doesn’t make sense to us, however, is why Jordan’s group would be taken down in the first place.