On March 26, several people all over Facebook changed their profile photos to red and light-shaded equality signs in support of the Human Rights Campaign and same-sex marriage. While Facebook couldn’t track specifically the numbers of those who changed their profile pictures to this image, the site’s data science team tracked how many users changed their profile photos that day — an increase of 120 percent.
This week’s Supreme Court hearings on two cases related to same-sex marriage have taken over many a Facebook News Feed, and according to a post on the LGBTQ@Facebook page, “equality” was the top related term on the Facebook Talk Meter.
Facebook users who are puzzled by seeing red equal signs all over their News Feeds, here’s what they’re all about: With the Supreme Court hearing arguments Tuesday on California’s Proposition 8, which mandates that the state recognize only marriages between men and women, Human Rights Campaign is urging Facebook users who support same-sex marriage to change their profile pictures to the red equal sign image.
Facebook joined the growing list of companies expressing their support for same-sex marriage, announcing in a post on its LGBTQ@Facebook page that it will submit briefs on the topic to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A note to college students venting on Facebook: You can be punished for violent comments made on the website, even if the target is dead. That’s what the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled recently after the University of Minnesota punished a mortuary student for morbid comments about a cadaver.
Just when you thought that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s legal shtick couldn’t get more ridiculous, a U.S. appeals court has frozen all litigation on the matter so that the twins can take their case to the Supremes.