The Facebook Data Science Team conducted a detailed analysis of candidates for governor, the House of Representatives and the Senate in next month’s midterm elections, examining some 150,000 posts that have generated around 20 million likes, comments and shares.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured this photo from FC Barcelona’s 4-3 victory over Real Madrid in the “El Clasico” soccer match last week.
There were 650,757 posts on Facebook Sunday related to Super Bowl ads, compared with 583,152 tweets, and Budweiser was the most discussed advertiser, while the most engaging advertiser was GoDaddy, according to statistics from social marketing platform Engagor.
Dating sites aren’t the only legal enterprises having difficulty advertising on Facebook, as GigaOM reports that the social network is rejecting marijuana-related ads in the states of Colorado and Washington, where the retail sale of the drug is now legal.
As of Sunday, employers or potential employers in the state of Washington can no longer demand passwords to Facebook and other social media sites from employees or applicants, as a bill the state passed in May went into effect, MyNorthwest.com reported.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics. MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter — a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians during the same time period in 2011.
Facebook pages love polls. You can vote for which slugger will win the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, or say whether or not you expect to get lucky on Valentine’s Day. Could the day be far off when you can vote for a president through Facebook? Washington state may have taken the first step, as the government will soon allow Evergreen State residents to register to vote in this year’s election.
Facebook is adding lots of new friends in Washington, D.C., if the company’s fourth quarter lobbying report is any indication.
Three days before Veterans Day, Facebook is already honoring the holiday with a livestreamed event announcing three new ways that the military and their families can best use the social channel to connect and communicate during long deployments.