Bloomberg: Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances. “Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter. Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government. Facebook plans to use these people — and their ability to receive government information about potential threats — to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.”
The Star: Facebook set to unveil plan to guard against fake news during Canadian election campaign. “Facebook is set to unveil a made-in-Canada measure to guard the 2019 vote from the scourge of fake news and misinformation online — while south of the border the social media heavyweight details how foreign players may have used the platform to spread discord in the 2016 presidential election. The new tool, billed as the ‘Canadian Election Integrity Initiative,’ is a response to a warning from the country’s top cybersecurity agency in June that multiple hacker groups would ‘almost certainly’ attempt to influence the next federal election.”
BetaNews: Facebook taps into teen market with acquisition of anonymous feedback app tbh. “Facebook’s desperation to appeal to the teenage market is well known, and its latest attempt to tap into it sees the social network acquiring tbh. The anonymous feedback app has proved to be a huge hit on iOS since its launch in August. An Android version is still in the pipeline.”
Advertising Age: Facebook Tests Letting Marketers Scour Posts And Comments. “The beta test, an extension of Facebook’s Audience Insights API marketing tech platform, isn’t expected to be widely available until next year, according to people familiar with the offering who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss something Facebook hasn’t announced yet. Early ad partners, which include top agencies and media companies, are searching Facebook’s vast history of public posts to see what topics, themes, brands and products are being discussed. Users’ identities are withheld.”
The Next Web: Facebook tests LinkedIn-like resumes so you can flaunt work experience. “Taking a cue from Facebook, earlier this year LinkedIn redesigned its website to make it a bit less confusing and a tad more suitable for social interactions. But it seems Facebook too is paying attention to LinkedIn. The social media giant is currently testing a new Resume / CV feature that lets users share their work experience with their friends. The new addition expands on the standard ‘Work and education’ section, but won’t publicly display all information about your credentials.”
University of Washington: Using Facebook data as a real-time census. “Determining how many people live in Seattle, perhaps of a certain age, perhaps from a specific country, is the sort of question that finds its answer in the census, a massive data dump for places across the country. But just how fresh is that data? After all, the census is updated once a decade, and the U.S. Census Bureau’s smaller but more detailed American Community Survey, annually. There’s also a delay between when data are collected and when they are published. (The release of data for 2016 started gradually in September 2017.) Enter Facebook, which, with some caveats, can serve as an even more current source of information, especially about migrants. “
FEMA: FEMA Launches Hurricane Recovery Facebook Page for U.S. Virgin Islands. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched the ‘FEMA U.S. Virgin Islands’ Facebook page to provide factual information and resources to hurricane survivors, their families and the general public on and off the islands. Virgin Islanders can visit http://www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands to find information on federal response and recovery activities, location-specific updates, helpful links, and photographs and videos of the united effort to help the islands recover from hurricanes Irma and Maria.” You might be wondering why I’m denoting this as a new resource when Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands in early September. FEMA did not announce this resource until Saturday, October 14. It looks like the profile picture was updated on this page on October 3, while actual posts began October 9.