Facebook finally named its replacement for former Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Joanna Shields, who left the social network last October: Karmarama Executive Chairman Nicola Mendelsohn is on board as VP for the EMEA region.
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.
Istanbul-based Facebook game developer Peak Games is no turkey, announcing that its multiplayer games for its home country, the Middle East, and North Africa have propelled it to become the third-largest social gaming platform in the world.
Facebook opened its first office in the Arab sector of the Middle East, in Dubai, with the hopes of stoking advertising opportunities to target its 45 million users in the Middle East and North Africa.
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.
The seemingly never-ending conflict between Israel and its Mideast neighbors has spread to Facebook, as an Israeli hacker who goes by the name of Hannibal posted the email addresses and passwords of 85,000 users of the social network from Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Facebook and Libya have come full-circle, from late dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s warning against the social network’s use in February, to the social network being used to announce the end of NATO operations in the country Friday.
Have you ever considered where we would be today if it wasn’t for Facebook?
The U.S. State Department is honoring 37 women from the Middle East and North Africa for their participation in TechWomen, a Silicon Valley initiative that includes Facebook.