Facebook continued to take steps to deny any involvement in the National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, in which the government agency allegedly obtained direct access to its servers, with Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterating his denial of last Friday during his talk at the social network’s annual meeting Tuesday, and the company asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to allow it to fully disclose the total number of secret requests it receives to surrender user data.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded Friday to claims that the site had granted the U.S. government access to its servers. He called the reports “outrageous,” and noted that if Facebook were to ever receive such a request, the company would fight it.
Facebook responded to the bombshell reports Thursday about a long-term Internet-spying initiative led by the National Security Agency, code-named Prism, by denying that it has ever allowed any government agency to have direct access to its servers.
According to market research firm Nielsen, the use of Facebook is declining in the U.S. and on desktop. As Facebook makes a mobile push, it appears more people are accessing the site through their phones and tablets. However, Nielsen said Facebook has lost 10 million users in the U.S. over the past year. It will be interesting to see what Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces later during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.
Facebook earlier this month launched Home, which essentially makes Facebook the platform on selected Android phones. The move was an important one in Facebook’s goal to become more influential on mobile. The company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, told reporters in London Monday that mobile could be a more important advertising medium than television.
Much to many users’ chagrins, Facebook is testing a service that charges users $1 to message people to whom they aren’t connected. As a test that has now been completed, it set users back $100 to get in Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inbox (or anyone else with a high amount of followers), but with no guarantee that he’ll even see or respond to their messages. Now Facebook is testing a similar service in the U.K., charging users to contact celebrities and other people with swarms of followers.
When users post their birth dates and hometowns, they might not think much of it, but an identity thief sees an opening. An ex-con turned FBI security expert talked with The Guardian recently about how criminals peruse Facebook accounts to steal identities.
The Facebook Connect button that appears on websites throughout the Internet may soon have company, as rival social network Google Plus Tuesday rolled out Google Plus Sign-In, which performs similar functions to Facebook Connect by allowing users of Google Plus, Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services to use their credentials to sign into applications.
Is Facebook hemorrhaging users in the U.K., or is it a statistical anomaly?
U.K. newspaper The Guardian will pull the plug on its Facebook social reader application Monday, sending users who click on its links on the social network directly to its website, rather than to pages within Facebook.