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By Daniel Danker, Director of Product Watching video on Facebook has the incredible power to connect people, spark conversation, and foster community. On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. As more and more people enjoy this experience, we’ve learned that people like the serendipity of discovering videos in News Feed, but they also w ...
By Henry Silverman, Operations Integrity Specialist and Lin Huang, Engineer People have told us that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions. For example, “LIKE this if you’re an Aries!” This tactic, known as “engagement bait,” seeks to take advantage of our News Feed algorithm by boosting engagement ...
By Guillermo Spiller, Product Manager As Mark Zuckerberg announced today, we reached a new milestone: there are now 2 billion people connecting and building communities on Facebook every month. This wouldn’t have happened without the millions of smaller communities and individuals who are sharing and making meaningful contributions every day.
By Sarah Morris, Product Manager, Messenger Let’s say you’re chatting with your mom on a video call in Messenger to wish her happy birthday, and you want to add your sister and brother in to join the fun — we just made it super easy. We’re excited to share a small new feature that will hopefully have a big impact to make your video and audio chats easier and faster than ever.
By Asha Sharma, Product Lead, Social Good People come to Crisis Response on Facebook to let friends and family know they’re safe, learn and share more about what’s happening and help communities recover. Community Help was added a year ago to make it easier for people to ask for and give help during a crisis. But people helping people is only part of the solution.
Messenger is a special place to connect and share with the people most important to you – whether making date night plans with your partner, arranging a girls night out with your closest friends, or jumping on a group video chat to catch up with your family. In light of this, today we announced a fun and delightful feature just in time for Valentine’s Day.
By Jennifer Dulski, Head of Groups and Community, and Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships Today at the Facebook Communities Summit Europe, we announced the Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the program, including up to $10 million in grants ...
By Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety Every year on Safer Internet Day we recognize the importance of internet safety and the responsible use of online technology. This year, Safer Internet Day features a call to action focused on creating a better internet for everyone, including younger generations.
By Mike Nowak, Product Director, Goodwill Think through your closest friends. Is there someone who always has your back? Someone who never forgets your birthday? Or perhaps someone you consider your very best friend…aka your bestie? February 4 is Friends Day, a day to show gratitude for all the important people in your life.
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By Alex Hardiman, Head of News Product and Campbell Brown, Head of News Partnerships People tell us they come to Facebook to connect with friends. They also say they want to see news about what’s happening in the world and their local community. This month, we’ve announced changes to prioritize posts from friends and high-quality news sources.
By Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer As part of Data Privacy Day, we’re introducing a new education campaign to help you understand how data is used on Facebook and how you can manage your own data. We’re also announcing plans to make your core privacy settings easier to find, and sharing our privacy principles for the first time. These principles guide our work at Facebook.
By Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Hoover Institution For some two centuries, the electoral process has developed alongside technology – radio and television, the introduction of voting machines, mechanical and electronic – but never has the impact been so dramatically disruptive as in the past decade, with the arrival of hacking, doxing, “fake news,” social media and b.
By Ariadne Vromen, Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Sydney Social media use is ubiquitous within the everyday lives of citizens. In Australia, where I live and teach on political participation, Facebook and smartphone use are among the highest in the world. Their ease of use and constant accessibility is changing our social networks and reshaping our political world.
By Katie Harbath, Global Politics and Government Outreach Director For the next topic of our Hard Questions series, we decided to confront an issue that has been top of mind for many of us here, including myself: What effect does social media have on democracy? As someone who has worked for over 14 years in digital civic engagement — the last four as Facebook’s policy lead for global elections.
By Cass R. Sunstein, Professor at Harvard Law School This post is part of a series on social media and democracy. On balance, the question of whether social media platforms are good for democracy is easy. On balance, they are not merely good; they are terrific. For people to govern themselves, they need to have information. They also need to be able to convey it to others.
By Samidh Chakrabarti, Product Manager, Civic Engagement This post is part of a series on social media and democracy. Around the world, social media is making it easier for people to have a voice in government — to discuss issues, organize around causes, and hold leaders accountable. As recently as 2011, when social media played a critical role in the Arab Spring in places ...
By Ciaran Quilty, VP, Small Businesses, EMEA Today we’re announcing a program to help EU businesses grow and to equip more people in the EU with the digital skills they need to compete in today’s workplace. We’re committing to open three new community skills hubs in Spain, Poland and Italy, and to have trained 1 million people and business owners across the EU by 2020.