Politics

India Facebook Users Can Declare, ‘I’m A Voter’

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On Election Day 2010 in the U.S., Facebook featured an “I Voted” button that users could click to display a message that they had participated in the election, and a study by the University of California San Diego found that those messages drove an additional 340,000 or so voters to the polling stations. The social network extended the initiative for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in India, which began Monday and run for nine days, with results to be announced May 16.

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Facebook Annual Meeting Set For May 22

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Facebook’s 2014 annual meeting will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. PT, at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City, Calif., and shareholders will vote on the company’s board of directors, as well as on ratifying the appointment of Ernst & Young as Facebook’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, and on five other stockholder proposals, the social network revealed in a Schedule 14A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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STUDY: Facebook Users Aren’t Necessarily Looking For News, But They Find And Consume It

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The average Facebook user does not come to the social network in search of news, but he or she usually winds up discovering news anyway, as a new study from Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that of the 64 percent of U.S. adults who are Facebook users, 47 percent of that group “ever” gets news from the social network, leading Pew to call 30 percent of U.S. adults “Facebook news consumers.”

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