Facebook may soon be looking for some French translators, as PCWorld reported that French consumer-protection group UFC-Que Choisir issued summonses to the social network, along with Twitter and Google, to appear before the Paris High Court due to unclear portions of their user agreements, particularly those portions that are not in French.
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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.
With the launch of video ads on Facebook on hold yet again, customizable video players provide a way for brands on the social network to feature their video content, and the latest entry in the field comes from Socialkick.
Facebook is caught in the middle of conflicting rulings by courts in Germany, as a decision by the Higher Court of Berlin that the social network’s friend finder violates the country’s law clashes with an April 2013 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, which stated that Germany’s data-protection laws should not apply to Facebook, as its European headquarters are in Ireland.
Facebook said in its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that duplicate accounts may have made up between 4.3 percent and 7.9 percent of its worldwide monthly active users in 2013, and that fake profiles that were misclassified by users may have represented 0.8 percent to 2.1 percent of MAUs, while undesirable accounts possibly comprised 0.4 percent to 2.1 percent. The social network also addressed its decline in teen usage.
Last month, Maria Kang became one of Facebook’s most famous users, or most infamous, depending on individual reactions, when a photo of the 32-year-old mother of three and fitness competitor in a workout bra and shorts, with her three kids, showing off her toned body, with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” went viral and spurred mountains of feedback, both negative and positive. Earlier this week, Kang was temporarily banned from Facebook due to her post about a Daily Mail article that featured plus-size women posing in lingerie.
Facebook filed a complaint last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against New Jersey man Christopher Peter Tarquini, whom the social network accused of being a “recidivist” spammer behind messages that claim to direct users to pornographic images and videos of celebrities, including a fake sex tape featuring Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported.
The inevitable has drawn closer: Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram confirmed that it will begin introducing advertising into its feed “in the next couple of months.”
Facebook Wednesday published a valuable resource to help parents and educators guide teens through the online world, the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide.