Facebook’s enforcement of its real-name policy has put it at odds with a community that it has a strong history of supporting, the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, as drag queens who use names that are not their legal names are being forced to change the names on their accounts on the social network.
Facebook users’ News Feeds will no longer be populated with their friends’ Netflix activities, as the video service announced a new social recommendation feature based on users privately recommending content they have enjoyed to their Facebook friends who might enjoy that content.
The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles Monday, and while not everybody will leave holding a golden statue, some celebrities will be holding a new device from Facebook on the red carpet.
Facebook responded to yet another controversy over photos that were removed from the social network, this time in the case of Kendall Jones, a 19-year-old cheerleader from Texas Tech University, who posted several photos of animals she had shot and killed while on a safari in Zimbabwe earlier this month.
A test of Facebook’s Graph Search for mobile was discovered in February by Seth Fiegerman of Mashable, who encountered the functionality within the social network’s mobile application. Monday, Justin Lafferty of sister blog Inside Facebook found evidence of a test of Graph Search on the mobile Web.
Much has been made recently over the fact that while Facebook users can set their friends lists to “Only Me” within their privacy settings, a slight loophole exists: If a user’s friend has their friends list set to public, all of their friends will appear when viewing their mutual friends, thereby “outing” that user, despite the “Only Me” setting. Mashable went one step further, piecing together some of the friends list of none other than Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been immortalized in wax.