It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program two years ago, more than $1 million in rewards has been handed out to 329 people in 51 countries, Security Engineer Collin Greene reported in a note on the Facebook Security page.
When Facebook users aren’t sending Pitbull to Kodiak, Alaska, they are engaging with the hip-hop superstar’s Facebook page at a rate 60 percent to 80 percent higher than some of the social network’s most-liked celebrities, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Eminem, and Justin Bieber, according to social publishing firm theAudience, which helps Pitbull program his page.
Facebook may have reported 1.15 billion monthly active users in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, but as of Dec. 31, 2012, approximately 5 percent of those may have been duplicate accounts, while 1.3 percent may have been accounts that were improperly classified by users, and 0.9 percent may have been fake accounts, according to the Form 10-Q the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.
Facebook responded emphatically and quickly to a report that it cooperated with the government in Turkey and turned over user data related to the ongoing protest in that country, issuing a firm denial.
Facebook users love to travel. It’s one of the most-talked about topics, and Facebook has also changed the ways people travel. An infographic by Co-operative Travel and Neomam Studios breaks down some of the hottest destinations among Facebook users, and shows what they enjoy doing most in countries such as Spain, Greece, and Egypt.
Facebook has been making a push to get users to like more pages. It appears to be working. As Socialbakers notes, the average Facebook user in 2009 liked 4.5 pages. Now that figure has risen to 40. In the U.S., Facebook users like an average of 70 pages.
As Facebook mentioned in its 10-K filing, the site still has a serious problem with fake profiles, used to bolster shady pages’ fan metrics. It appears that the social network did some cleaning up in January, as several countries (notably the U.S. and Indonesia) lost a great number of users last month, according to Quintly. All around the world, more than 4 million users’ profiles were deleted in January.
Since 2010, PayPal has been one of the main methods of payment for Facebook developers. But as Facebook grows, the company is changing its PayPal policies for new developers in emerging markets, such as China, Brazil, and India. According to TechCrunch, developers in several countries must show extra identification as a means of authentication, such as photo IDs or incorporation papers, in order to be paid via direct deposit.