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.
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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.
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.
The Washington Post and ABC News conducted a poll for the second consecutive year to find out which of three tech giants — Google, Apple, and Facebook — was the most liked, and the companies finished in the same order: Google at 83 percent, Apple at 72 percent, and Facebook at 60 percent.
The Ad Makeover application from Dove blows away the competition among apps from brands on Facebook in terms of monthly active users, far outdistancing the second-place app, Windows 8 from Microsoft, according to a new report on brand apps from social benchmarking platform Unmetric.
Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram is under fire from advocates for children’s safety, with more than 4,500 signatures having been collected on a petition on Change.org that calls for Instagram to make the default settings private for users aged 13 through 17, and not geotag- and geolocation-enabled.