Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have teamed up to post Amber Alerts on Facebook News Feeds beginning this week. While the alerts, which notify people if a child has gone missing in their area, are currently broadcast through cellphones, television and radio, this marks the first time a social media site will post them.
The viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a watershed moment in the evolution of philanthropy, but using social media to raise money has not been a universally successful strategy. Stacy Palmer of The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Amy Sample Ward of the Nonprofit Technology Network join Hari Sreenivasan for a conversation about donating in the digital age. Continue reading
It’s had its criticism over the years, and most recently has been chastised for Facebook users’ Year in Review summary that weaves together your most popular posts from 2014. Popularity, however, is based not on circumstance, but engagement. Continue reading
This year, a challenge to Facebook users to douse themselves in ice water became an internet craze, raising millions for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gwen Ifill talks to Nancy Frates, the mother of the man who inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, about the impetus for the viral fundraising campaign and how it has advanced awareness and research of the disease. Continue reading
Social media, email and bank accounts can remain active even after their owner dies, meaning valuable information can become vulnerable — especially when estate managers can’t access these accounts. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan reports on the complications surrounding digital estate planning and the drive to increase awareness through legislative action. Continue reading
Starting this week, Facebook users may have noticed “Facecast,” a one-minute video update of world news hosted by ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir. The partnership is the first of its kind — a short newscast exclusively for a social media site. Continue reading
Is an angry online post a real threat or an exercise of free speech? The Supreme Court will determine whether a man’s violence-filled rants on Facebook about his ex-wife — posts that led to his arrest — are protected by the First Amendment. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the case with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading
The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent. Continue reading
The Facebook Data Science team compiled “anonymized, aggregate data” from the status updates of users in the United States — drawing from entries that participated in a status challenge asking friends and families to share what they are most thankful for.