BuzzFeed had a strong month in January in terms of engagement on Facebook among media sites, with more than 9.5 million shares and over 40 million combined interactions, according to the latest figures from NewsWhip.
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On the same day that Facebook released Paper, its new iPhone application, New York-based startup FiftyThree posted a statement on its website urging Facebook to change the app’s name, since it launched its own, well-established Paper app in March 2012.
Dating sites aren’t the only legal enterprises having difficulty advertising on Facebook, as GigaOM reports that the social network is rejecting marijuana-related ads in the states of Colorado and Washington, where the retail sale of the drug is now legal.
Facebook received about 8,500 requests for user data from governments of countries in the European Union during the first six months of 2013, involving some 10,000 accounts, Richard Allan, the social network’s director for public policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said at a hearing organized by the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee, offering more details on the data released by the company in August.
Facebook has introduced several new features in recent weeks aimed at aiding the media industry, including Stories to Share, and the public feed application-programming interface and keyword insights API, but the 1,500 or so online publishers tracked by NewsWhip’s Spike content-discovery tool were already well on their way to a content explosion on the social network, with the top 20 publishers seeing a staggering increase in social interactions (likes, comments, shares) of 288 percent between September 2012 and September 2013.
Can the closeness of the mutual friends of both participants in a romantic relationship help determine the strength of that relationship? A study by Cornell University Computer Scientist Jon Kleinberg and Facebook Engineer Lars Backstrom sought to find out.
Twitter Creator, Co-Founder, Chairman, and former CEO Jack Dorsey working at Facebook? It almost happened in 2007, New York Times Columnist and Reporter Nick Bilton wrote in his upcoming book, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, set for a November release by Penguin/Portfolio.
Well, it’s a start: Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that are currently blocked in China will be unblocked, but only in a free-trade zone the government is planning to introduce in Shanghai, Reuters reported, via the South China Morning Post.
UPDATED: For the first time since 2009, millions of Iranians were able to share their status updates on Facebook, for one day, anyway. The New York Times reported that Iran’s government restored its block on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday, blaming a temporary technical glitch for their brief availability in the country.