Just when you think scammers have hit rock-bottom, they find a way to go even lower. Daily Mail reported that online scammers are attempting to drive traffic to websites promoting adult hook-ups and counterfeit drugs by using fake Facebook pages supposedly paying tribute to victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17), which was shot down over Ukraine last week.
Facebook has become a virtual newsroom of sorts, with a recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project finding that three out of 10 U.S. adults get at least some news while on Facebook, and 78 percent of Facebook users see news while navigating the site. Now, the social network is aiming to become an invaluable resource for journalists and media organizations, announcing that it teamed up with social content discovery outfit Storyful to launch FB Newswire.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured this photo of the University of Dayton Flyers celebrating an upset victory in the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament.
WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum responded to users’ privacy concerns following Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of the cross-platform messaging company last month with a blog post titled, “Setting the Record Straight.”
Facebook took a giant step forward in its efforts to further align itself with the television, publishing, and event venue industries with Friday’s launch of its Public Content Solutions program, which is aimed at providing its partners with dedicated technical and business resources to build out media solutions on the social network and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network.
The winner of Facebook’s fourth annual Hacker Cup was Gennady Korofkevich of Russia, who took home a $10,000 grand prize, edging second-place Tomek Czajka of the U.S., who finished second, mirroring his finish in the 2012 Hacker Cup, and took home $3,000; and Makoto Soejima of Japan, who finished third and collected $2,000.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured the photo atop the post of Jimmy Fallon in the buildup to his debut as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Russian search engine Yandex reached an agreement with Facebook, giving it access to the social network’s “firehose” of public data for the search engine’s users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, and Turkey.