It’s finally lights out for the Facebook Beacon case, as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the disputed settlement of the class-action suit against the social network, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Happy third birthday to Instagram, which launched Oct. 6, 2010. While the photo-sharing network’s milestones include its September 2012 acquisition by Facebook for $715 million and reaching 150 million monthly active users last month, Instagram shared its 10 favorite moments over the past three years.
Facebook continued to ride the wave of activity spurred by LGBT Pride Month and Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, teaming up with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to launch a new “feeling pride” emoticon.
Facebook exploded Wednesday after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and the social network reported more than 4 million related mentions.
A Facebook spokesman told The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire blog that approximately 70 percent of the social network’s users in the U.S. have at least one friend who has indicated on Facebook that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
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.