Facebook vice president of global public policy Marne Levine is moving over to Instagram, where she will become the photo- and video-sharing network’s first chief operating officer, Re/code reported, and The Washington Post’s The Switch blog reported that Facebook VP of U.S. public policy Joel Kaplan was promoted to succeed Levine.
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The controversial 2012 study conducted by social scientists from Facebook, Cornell University and the University of California-San Francisco — in which the News Feeds of 689,003 randomly selected Facebook users were manipulated in terms of positive or negative stories to gauge their emotional effects — caused some issues for Facebook in Washington, D.C., and across its user base, and the study may actually have been illegal, at least in Maryland.
The Huffington Post continued to dominate among publishers on Facebook in August, dominating in terms of both total interactions (likes, comments and shares) and shares, according to the latest data from social media news aggregator NewsWhip.
Facebook, as you’ve probably seen, has been a boon to viral sharing site Upworthy. But has the Facebook News Feed algorithm now shifted against it? What happens next you have to see to believe. WhoIsHostingThis.com compiled an interesting infographic illustrating the history of the Facebook/Upworthy relationship.
Immigration-reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas, a former editor for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, will see his documentary, Documented, premiere on CNN Sunday, June 29. In an interview with AllFacebook parent mediabistro, which will run next week, Vargas expressed his gratitude over having Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his FWD.us political-advocacy group as allies.
Facebook has launched several initiatives aimed at boosting media companies’ presence on the social network thus far in 2014 — Public Content Solutions, aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on Facebook and Instagram; FB Newswire, a project with social content discovery outfit Storyful to aggregate publicly shared content on Facebook, by media organizations and individual users, to aid journalists in their reporting; and the four new media-centric application-programming interfaces it announced at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco last month — but the media industry took a shot across the bow in the form of a long rant posted on the social network by Director of Product Management for Ads and Pages Mike Hudack.
Facebook turned to The Wall Street Journal to fill a position based on further intertwining the social network with news, as Editor of Emerging Media Liz Heron announced — appropriately, in a Facebook post — that she is leaving the Journal to join Facebook.
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.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will continue the efforts of the political-advocacy group he launched, FWD.us, to push for immigration reform when he meets with the top four Republicans in the House of Representatives Sept. 19.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg continues to remain active in politics, particularly when it comes to pushing immigration reform with his FWD.us political advocacy group, as CNN’s Political Ticker blog reported that Zuckerberg will welcome Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Wednesday.