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February 27, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The Facebook nation is turning into a democracy. Facebook Inc. on Thursday invited its 175 million members to help govern the social network by reviewing, discussing and voting on the website's rules. "This is really about us trusting our users," Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a conference call with reporters to discuss the changes.
March 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the age of social media, it should come as no surprise that moviegoers are weighing the recommendations of their peers on sites such as Facebook and Twitter when making their choices at the multiplex. Even so, the majority of moviegoers still rely on good old-fashioned reviews, according to a recent Nielsen poll. Nielsen's 2013 American Moviegoing report found that 80% of moviegoers refer to reviews at least some of the time when they're considering what to see. By comparison, 40% of those surveyed they value recommendations they see posted by their friends or family on social media.
May 3, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook is about to share a whole lot of information about itself as it pitches potential investors on its initial public stock offering coming in May. But users of the popular website are becoming more wary about how much information they share with Facebook, says a new study from Consumer Reports that asked Facebook users in the United States what steps they took to protect their privacy on the world's largest social network. About a quarter of the users surveyed admitted they made up information about themselves.
March 8, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is bringing back F8, its conference for software developers in a bid to get them to create more and better mobile apps for the giant social network. The conference will be held April 30 in San Francisco, Ilya Sukhar, Parse chief executive and Facebook product manager, announced at SXSW on Saturday. F8 will return to its roots by focusing on technical content for mobile and Web developers, not on major announcements for Facebook users, Facebook said. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and technical sessions for about 1,500 developers to learn how to create, grow and make money from apps, the company said.
May 27, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Facebook "cancellation" - Facebook users should take caution if they receive an email that claims they need to take action to prevent their Facebook accounts from being canceled, according to the Internet security blog Naked Security. Users who follow a link on the email can end up downloading code that enables hackers to spy on the user's activities and take over their computers. Instead of following links in the emails, users should sign into their Facebook accounts and communicate with Facebook staff directly.
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Facebook users, expect to see a whole lot more pictures in the news feed. The social network quietly launched a new feature Wednesday that lets users attach a photo when commenting on status updates. The tool appears to enable JPEG and PNG image files to be uploaded and inserted. Although animated GIFs can be uploaded, they'll display like a still image. Although not a direct stab at Twitter, the feature will give users an easy way to crowd-source images - something Twitter users have been able to do for a while.
May 1, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook users are apparently not making themselves at Home. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Home - - Facebook's new Android software for mobile phones -- on April 4 to much fanfare. It hit the Google Play store on April 12. Despite some splashy (and quirky) commercials -- including one with Zuckerberg standing in a swimming pool -- only a tiny fraction of Facebook users has installed the softwaret. And the HTC First, the first phone to preload the software, isn't selling briskly, one analyst reports.
May 31, 2013 | By William Nottingham
The Facebook page chronicling the death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez - Gabriel's Justice - has now received nearly 27,000 “likes” from viewers, thousands of whom have left comments about the Palmdale child's death last week. Fernandez's skull was cracked, three ribs were broken and his skin was bruised and burned when emergency workers reached him. He had BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Two teeth were knocked out of his mouth. His mother and her boyfriend have been charged with murder and torture.
June 6, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
The vast majority of Facebook users say they ignore ads on the social network, according to a survey whose findings are expected to add to questions about the company's revenue prospects. Four out of five Facebook users said neither advertisements nor comments on the social network have ever led them to buy a product or service, according to the poll by Reuters/Ipsos. The poll comes as Facebook Inc. faces increasing investor scrutiny over its main revenue source —advertising — and whether it can wring more ad revenue from its more than 900 million users.
December 3, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Facebook is getting out the vote - - on whether users can continue to vote on policy changes at the giant social network. Voting starts Monday and lasts seven days. Unless 30% of Facebook's 1 billion-plus users cast their ballots, users will lose their right to vote. Critics say Facebook has set an impossibly high bar by requiring such a large percentage of its users to vote for the vote to count. In a blog post , Elliot Schrage, Facebook's vice president of communications, public policy and marketing, encouraged Facebook users to exercise their right to vote.
February 16, 2014 | By Amy Goldman Koss
The 10th birthday of Facebook last week caused me to recall my miserable pre-Facebook existence, when methods of procrastination were sorely limited. As a stay-at-home writer, phone calls were unruly and hard to control. What if the other person wanted to tell a long story? What if she wanted me to really pay attention? I could have a bit of contact with the outside world by scanning the newspaper or listening to the radio. But for me the switch in media was too jarring and tended to trigger frantic snacking, which often led to napping.
January 27, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The producers of Fox's "American Idol" are looking to give the long-running televised singing competition a fresh hook and attract viewers with new interactive features offered through partnerships with Google and Facebook. In a first for Google, people who use its search engine to learn more about the show, its contestants or judges will be able to cast votes directly from within Google's search results.  Facebook users, meanwhile, might see their profile pictures displayed during the telecast when they cast a ballot.
January 2, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is being sued over allegations it monitors private messages on the social network to surreptitiously gather even more information on its users and share the data with marketers. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Facebook scans the contents of private messages including links to other websites "to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users. " The links to third-party websites are interpreted as a "like" of that website and contribute to a profile of the sender's activity on the Web for the purpose of targeting advertising, the lawsuit alleges.
October 10, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Asking politicians whether they ever smoked pot can produce answers that range from silly to squirming. But when Israeli opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich was asked the question this week, she just said, “yes.” In an interview broadcast Wednesday on the Knesset Channel, the 53-year-old lawmaker said she had smoked marijuana on a number of occasions as a younger woman, the last time about 16 years ago. She is the first senior...
October 1, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
Two teenagers and a 23-year-old woman were charged with human trafficking in Orange County for allegedly luring a 17-year-old girl on Facebook and forcing her to work as a prostitute. According to the Orange County district attorney's office, 19-year-old Dejon Pierre Moore initiated an online relationship with the girl on the social media site. In late September, Moore picked the girl up in Los Angeles and drove her to Orange County, where she was forced to work as a prostitute, prosecutors said in a written statement.
September 4, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Privacy watchdogs are asking federal regulators to block proposed changes to Facebook policies that they say would allow the company to use the names and images of its nearly 1.2 billion users without their consent to endorse products in ads. In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and five other consumer groups said the changes would permit Facebook "to routinely use...
February 2, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Should Facebook users get a taste of the company's initial public offering? More than a few say yes. The reasoning here is that because Facebook's more than 800 million users make the site what it is -- and provide all that personal data that allows Facebook to prosper -- they're entitled to participate in what's sure to be a very lucrative IPO. Dream on. We heard pretty much the same when AOL purchased Huffington Post for more...
June 17, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Facebook users are more trusting of other people, have larger numbers of close friends, and exhibit a higher level of civic engagement, according to a new survey. The study by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that the number of people on social networking sites has more than doubled since 2008 and that people with Facebook accounts have a higher degree of social well-being than those without. The findings, which were based on a phone survey of 2,255 American adults last fall, challenge the common perception that social networking sites isolate people or undercut their real-world friendships and interactions, said University of Pennsylvania professor Keith Hampton, the lead author of the report.
August 30, 2013 | Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Even before Facebook begins displaying splashy video ads, it's preparing for a backlash from users like Amy Pittel. The 44-year-old writer and stay-at-home mother from Livermore, Calif., says she's weary of being bombarded by ads on Facebook and the rest of the Internet, most of which she ignores. "I shall continue to do as I always have when an unwanted video ad or commercial comes on: check my email or another Web page until the ad is finished," Pittel said.
August 29, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don't look now but Facebook is proposing a bunch of changes to its privacy policy and its user rights policy. The company says it's just making things clearer for its more than 1 billion users - and it's adding language to comply with the settlement of a class-action lawsuit over Facebook advertising. (A U.S. judge on Monday gave final approval to Facebook's $20-million settlement of a lawsuit over "Sponsored Stories. ") The company is alerting users by email and giving them seven days to pore over the fine print and provide feedback (although users can no longer vote on the changes)
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