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 and its Parse cloud-application platform are set to invade Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, complete with the Parse + Facebook ice cream truck, and the social network published a schedule of Facebook and Parse SXSW events and talks in a post on its developer blog.
Facebook rolled out an update to its Home Android overlay, which it has been beta-testing since November, and it maintains features that make Home unique, such as its Cover Feed, while adding elements that resemble more traditional Android lock screens, such as time, weather information, and Facebook notifications.
Veteran photojournalist David Guttenfelder was named “Instagram Photographer of the Year” by none other than Time, showing just how mainstream the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network has become.
Facebook constantly tweaks its News Feed algorithm, which determines the posts users see in the most-trafficked section of the social network, and Digiday reported that its latest tweak was a favorable one for publishers.
Facebook confirmed that it is beta-testing customizable lock screens for its Home Android overlay, along with several new features that were rolled out Tuesday night to participants in its Facebook for Android Beta Testers program.
The Federal Trade Commission received 1,655 complaints about Facebook in 2012 — down from 2,171 in 2011, but up from 1,381 in 2010 — but what were people complaining about?