What is the future of online privacy? Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center released a new study Thursday seeking answers to that question from experts, many of which mentioned Facebook in their answers.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held his second public question-and-answer session Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and topics that came up included whether or not Facebook will add a dislike button; the social network’s role in discussions about issues such as the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.; whether Graph Search will launch in other languages; and the controversial News Feed study by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco.
Quiz site PlayBuzz continued its surge in Facebook shares, vaulting to the top of NewsWhip’s ranking of publishers for November, and marking the first time since NewsWhip began compiling its rankings in August 2013 that neither The Huffington Post nor BuzzFeed occupied first place.
The top Facebook page in Australia in terms of engagement in 2014 was Hit107, while Tourism Australia topped the land Down Under in terms of likes, according to the latest Australian Facebook Performance Report by Online Circle Digital for Social Pulse.
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.
Election Day is underway in the U.S. Tuesday in what stands to be an important midterm election year, and Facebook is doing its part to encourage users to vote, as well as keep them informed on where users are voting throughout the country.
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 U.S. political spectrum can, for the most part, be divided into conservatives and liberals, but which group is more likely to see like-minded political content on Facebook from news organizations, groups and friends, and which group is more likely to block or defriend users over political posts? The answers, from the latest research by Pew Research Center, may come as a surprise.
If you have a child of a literate age with computer access, chances are they have a Facebook profile. They also probably don’t want you looking at it. Here are at least 10 reasons why you shouldn’t: