Requests for Facebook user data and content restrictions in the first six months of 2014 were up some 24 percent compared with the same period of 2013, with a total of 34,946 requests, and the amount of content on the social network restricted by local laws rose about 19 percent year-over-year, according to the third global Government Requests Report, released Tuesday.
United Arab Emirates
The Middle East region is more mobile-friendly than you might think, as a recent study by global market research agency Ipsos, commissioned by Facebook, found that 43 percent of respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates use at least one other device while watching television, with that figure soaring to 76 percent when isolating the UAE.
Facebook Releases Second Global Government Requests Report, Adds Requests To Restrict, Remove Content
Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information.
Facebook is targeting businesses in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have not yet advertised on the social network with ads directing them to the Facebook Start to Success Program, which offers free support for first-time advertisers, as well as a £25 ($39.15) credit toward advertising.
Facebook is continuing to grow, shooting past 1 billion users, but where are these people coming from? A new report from social statistics firm Socialbakers shows that many of them are coming from the Middle East and North Africa region, which accounts for an average of 21 new registrations per minute.
Back in July, we wrote about ecommerce site Limited Run, which shuttered its Limited Pressing Facebook page, claiming that 80 percent of click-throughs to its page from Facebook were initiated by bots, according to a page logger that it built when it found that only 20 percent of click-throughs were actually arriving at its site. Online advertising firm Solve Media took a closer look at the issue of bots and uncovered some alarming statistics.
With 36 percent of its population active on the network, the United Arab Emirates shows the highest proportion of its inhabitants on Facebook among Arab-land countries, according to an Arab social media report prepared by the Dubai School of Government, as reported by Mashable.
Facebook opened its first office in the Arab sector of the Middle East, in Dubai, with the hopes of stoking advertising opportunities to target its 45 million users in the Middle East and North Africa.