In an email to all members, Facebook said it wanted a “more meaningful” way for users to give feedback.
The site has also proposed combining information across its other services, such as photo-sharing app Instagram.
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Have you noticed in your Facebook comments when you do the :) symbol, Facebook converts it to an actual emoticon? That is because just recently Facebook converts all symbols in comments to emoticons. It used to only be for chat, but as of earlier this month you can add emoticons to comments too.
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In an effort to draw attention to the controversial YouTube video that has sparked major protests in the Middle East and may have led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, protesters have taken to a number of major news and celebrity Facebook pages to spam a variation of the above message — no matter on which post. The message here is from the Sky News page; other pages that have been hit include Reuters, The Washington Post, Barack Obama and Michael Phelps. The New York Times has more info on the controversial video that sparked these protests.
The Indian government faced an angry backlash from Twitter users on Thursday after ordering Internet service providers to block about 20 accounts that officials said had spread scare-mongering material that threatened national security.
The backlash came as New Delhi turned up the heat on Twitter, threatening “appropriate and suitable action” if it failed to remove the accounts as soon as possible. Several Indian newspapers said this could mean a total ban on access to Twitter in India but government officials would not confirm to Reuters that such a drastic step was being considered.
There was no immediate response from Twitter, which does not have an office in India. There are about 16 million Twitter users in the South Asian country.
India blocked access to more than 300 Web pages after threatening mobile phone text messages and doctored website images fuelled rumors that Muslims, a large minority in the predominantly Hindu country, were planning revenge attacks for violence in the northeastern state of Assam, where 80 people have been killed and 300,000 have been displaced since July.
Since Facebook’s IPO, many are wondering if the social media giant, an almost ubiquitous part of modern life, is as stable as it seems. Adding fuel to the fire after a not so stellar IPO, is the recent news of co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, cashing in on their shares. Moskovitz sold 450,000 shares to profit him a around $9 million, while Thiel sold 20 million shares for a total of $396 million. The social networking site’s stock value has slumped since it’s initial public offering last May. With the first big investor cashing out, is Facebook really going down?
Web analysts are saying: No.
Facebook, despite having problems at the stock market, remains to be challenged by a competitor which can deliver all of its services and then some. Unfortunately, no other social networking site can offer such an individualized and convenient service as Facebook, and competition like Google Plus haven’t really kept up. Twitter, the popular microblogging site, has merely complemented Zuckerberg’s invention. Facebook appeals to wide demographic which other social media platforms offer only as a specialty. If you want games, go to Friendster but Facebook has that too. If you want to market your business, there is Multiply but Facebook has Business Pages too.
Even those hard-pressed to create online accounts admit to Facebook’s maneuvering to becoming a crucial component of our communications lives. So despite the faltering Facebook stock value (which, most people only see as a minor hiccup), the site will continue having all of us liking and sharing posts, uploading our drunk photos, and ranting away at midnight.
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A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so. The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial, comes as courts struggle to define privacy and civil liberties in the age of social media.
In an order issued on Friday, US District Judge William Pauley III ruled that accused gangster Melvin Colon can’t rely on the Fourth Amendment to suppress Facebook evidence that led to his indictment. Colon had argued that federal investigators violated his privacy by tapping into his profile through an informant who was one of this Facebook friends.
The informant’s Facebook friendship served to open an online window onto Colon’s alleged gangster life, revealing messages he posted about violent acts and threats to rival gang members. The government used this information to obtain a search warrant for the rest of Colon’s Facebook account. The Colon information is part of a larger investigation into crack-dealing and murder in the Bronx.
» via GigaOM