Will she, or won’t she? The Daily Mail stirred up the rumor pot about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg running for office with a story in which one “source close to Sandberg’s inner circle” pegged it as a near certainty, while another source close to Sandberg said, “It is 100 percent untrue.” There was no comment from Sandberg herself.
The Department of Justice rejected motions made by Facebook and other tech companies that would allow them to share more details with users on the frequency and types of requests the government makes under its surveillance programs, according to AllThingsD. The DOJ petition was filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court earlier this week.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making a rare appearance in Washington, D.C., this week. Zuckerberg has been raising his political profile since the company went public in May 2012, and this trip is a highly visible extension of that strategy.
New Jersey U.S. Senate candidate and Twitter phenom Cory Booker sat down for an Instagram interview Sunday night that continues through the week. NowThis News, which claims to be the first and only mobile and social original news network, said the Booker interview is the first Instagram interview with a U.S. politician.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues to remain active in politics, particularly when it comes to pushing immigration reform with his FWD.us political advocacy group, as CNN’s Political Ticker blog reported that Zuckerberg will welcome Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Wednesday.
Facebook’s lobbying tab in the second quarter was a healthy $1.06 million, according to disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Senate Sunday night. While strong, the second-quarter figures were off the blistering pace set by the social network in the first quarter of the year, $2.45 million, which put the company ahead of its Silicon Valley rivals.
Not every brand has access to Facebook hashtags yet, but one group that does — members of Congress — has taken a liking to the social network’s newest feature. Don Seymour, digital strategist for Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), talked up his use of Facebook hashtags in two posts promoting an event honoring Frederick Douglass Wednesday.
From cat videos to “The Harlem Shake,” the 2012 social election is all but a distant memory, as Republican candidates are taking to Facebook in new and creative ways to stay one step ahead of the competition in the 2014 cycle.