One topic that doesn’t come up too often during Facebook’s earnings calls is privacy, since it has little direct bearing on financial results, but Jefferies Analyst Brian Pitz brought up the topic during the company’s second-quarter earnings call Wednesday, and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was only too happy to oblige.
Attention, Facebook users: If you really want to own a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, you’ll have to buy one from a dealer, like everyone else. Facebook pages claiming that they are giving away the automobiles to users who enter contests by liking the pages, liking and sharing promotional posts, and choosing the colors of their cars in comments are scams, according to Hoax-Slayer.
It’s hard to come up with a more obvious call to action than “buy,” and Facebook announced Thursday that it is testing a buy call-to-action button with “a few small and midsized businesses in the U.S.”
A study Facebook conducted in 2012, along with Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco, in which the researchers randomly selected 689,003 Facebook users and tinkered with the number of positive or negative stories that appeared in their News Feeds, has drawn quite a lot of attention over the past couple of weeks, most of it negative, and now the government is getting involved.
Officials from the European Union’s central competition authority, the European Commission, sent detailed questionnaires to rival online messaging companies as part of the EC’s pending investigation of Facebook’s $19 billion deal to acquire WhatsApp, which was initially announced in February.
Baby products from Johnson & Johnson might be staples in several households, but sadly, the pharmaceutical giant is not giving away free baby relief kits on Facebook. As Hoax-Slayer pointed out, posts of this sort are a scam aimed at baiting Facebook users into participating in surveys.
Facebook page administrators, beware: While the social network does have verified pages, do not respond to notifications from a page called Verified Page that request permission to take ownership of your pages.
Facebook found itself in the middle of another “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation involving content posted to the social network, this time over a photo of a young girl’s bare backside that was posted to the Coppertone page to mimic the classic 1953 ad from the sunscreen company of a young girl’s bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog.