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 Facebook Data Science Team conducted a detailed analysis of candidates for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate in next month’s midterm elections, examining some 150,000 posts that have generated around 20 million likes, comments and shares.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, had some strong words for Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and FWD.us, the immigration-centric political-action committee spearheaded by Zuckerberg, in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday night, published by National Review.
Whether Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is heading to Disney, running for Senate, or staying put at the social network, one story that is most certainly not a rumor is the fact that she continues to sell off shares in the company.
With Disney CEO Bob Iger set to leave the iconic media company in 2016, and one of the most prominent candidates to succeed him, Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC TV Group, announcing Tuesday that she was leaving the company, rumors began to swirl about another potential replacement for Iger: Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
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.