The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy — which filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this month against Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging company WhatsApp, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information — filed an update with the FTC Friday, in response to a blog post by WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum earlier this week.
It is often said that life events such as relationships, engagements, and marriages are not “official” until they are announced on Facebook, but does that apply to recognition as a sovereign state?
“Dancing with the Stars,” ABC’s hit reality competition series, reached an agreement with Facebook to tap into the two application-programming interfaces it announced last week, the public feed API and the keyword insights API, to display conversations from the social network during broadcasts.
This post is most definitely not safe for work: Slate tapped the keyword insights application-programming interface that Facebook launched Monday to determine the most popular profanity used on the social network.
Twitter has company in the real-time news-related social media arena, as Facebook Monday announced the rollout of two application-programming interfaces aimed at allowing news organizations to tap into its public posts in real-time: the public feed API, which displays a real-time feed of public posts for a specific word; and the keyword insights API, which tallies the total number of posts that mention a specific term during a specific time period, as well as enabling news organization to feature anonymous, aggregated results based on gender, age, and location.
Journalists were all about Facebook Wednesday, as the company conducted its first-quarter earnings call. The social network returned the favor Thursday, offering up best practices for journalists and best practices for media companies’ pages, as well as a case study highlighting the successful run on Facebook by Slate.
When Facebook first launched and opened up to college students throughout the country, you were considered cool if you had access to the social network. Now that it is free for anyone around the world to use, you might be considered suspicious or a sociopath if you don’t have a Facebook account.
Many a Facebook wall has filled up with birthday wishes on the appropriate day, but David Plotz, an editor for Slate, questioned the sincerity behind most of those birthday wishes, so he created three different birthdays in July to see what would happen.
Where do you draw the line between what’s acceptable to post on Facebook and what’s considered too much information, or TMI?