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If Facebook were a country it would be the third biggest in the world. For many of its one billion users, Facebook is indeed their home base online. Everyone, from politicians to revolutionary movements, is using the site to advance their causes. And this raises all kinds of important questions, from how to make the most of Facebook, to how to make sure Facebook treats its users fairly.

A Modest Proposal: Start

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 25 2013

By Derzsi Elekes Andor via Wikimedia Commons

The news that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is working with a group of tech entrepreneurs to start a new independent political group aimed at influencing US policy on immigration and other issues prompts the following question: when is this giant social network going to start taking its own civic responsibilities more seriously, especially as it comes to how Facebook implicitly influences political processes all over the world? Read More

BuzzKill, or Why We Don't Believe The Social Media Hype

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, January 5 2012

Illustration by David Colarusso

Micah Sifry writes: Just because you can count something and put it into a chart, doesn't mean that you've gleaned its meaning. Caveat emptier. Read More

Facebook's New PAC Shows DC's Innovative and Risk-Taking Methods Are Spreading to Silicon Valley

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 27 2011

If the world needed further proof that the innovative and risk-taking methods of Washington, DC were spreading deeper into the American economy, it got its answer yesterday when Facebook, one of the fastest growing and ... Read More

Facebook Rolls Out Ad Targeting By ZIP Code

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, August 11 2011

Within the next week, all Facebook advertisers will be able to target U.S. users by ZIP code, the company announced today. The news comes to us by way of the Republican political communications firm Engage, but Facebook ... Read More

Does Facebook Really Matter to Congressional Elections, or Voters?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, November 4 2010

Our friends at Facebook have been getting lots of mileage of their report, noted here yesterday by Nancy, that in 98 House races and and 19 Senate contests, the candidate with the most Facebook "likes" won their race, ... Read More

PdF Network | How Campaigns and Causes are Using Facebook

BY Andel Koester | Tuesday, May 25 2010

President Barack Obama has over 8.2 million Facebook friends; Sarah Palin received over twenty thousand replies to a recent wall post on immigration. Meanwhile, everyday residents of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are using ... Read More

A Look at Facebook in '08 House Races

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 16 2009

Bentley University professors Christine Williams and Jeff Gulati have been tracking politics and technology through a series of reports, are out with a new working paper on the use of Facebook in '08 House races that may ... Read More

Facebook's 'Truman Show' Democracy

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, March 15 2009

If Facebook were a country, it would be the world’s seventh biggest in terms of population. In terms of the amount of attention it draws daily from its 175 million members — roughly 20 to 30 minutes on average spent updating their profiles, reading about their friends, playing games and sharing news — Facebook could easily power a midsize economy. Read More

"Open Governance": Seizing the Facebook Moment

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, February 27 2009

About two weeks ago, a contingent of Facebook users took the company to the woodshed for sudden changes in its terms of service, that, they feared, would give the company far-reaching rights over the photos, wall posts, ... Read More

Fifty Bucks Worth of Facebook Ads Help Turn College Junior into County Treasurer

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, November 13 2008

There's a fascinating story out of New Hampshire today about what some savvy targeting of Facebook ads can accomplish in a local political race. A Dartmouth junior dropped just $51 -- less than the cost of a text book -- ... Read More

Does Facebook Own You? (The "New Privacy")

BY Ari Melber | Thursday, December 20 2007

Everyone knows what you did last summer. In spite of a small victory for privacy last month, Facebook's policies still raise major privacy questions -- and young people may be developing an entirely new conception of ... Read More

Did Facebook Play Favorites with Obama?

BY Editors | Monday, June 4 2007

Imagine this scenario: One day, retail giant Wal-Mart decides that it’s going to open up a section of all of its stores to products devised by outside suppliers, as long as they meet some internal company standards ... Read More


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