Encyclopedia Dramatica Facebook Reddit Twitter Urban Dictionary Wikipedia About Facebook is a social networking website where people from around the world can add friends, exchange messages, join groups with common interests and share photographs or videos.
The name of the website stems from the colloquial name for books that are distributed to students by university administrations at the start of each academic year with the intention of helping students identify each other. By October , the site had reached over 1 billion users. According to the Harvard Crimson  , the site represented a Harvard University version of Hot or Not , an image rating site where visitors can rate user-submitted photos based on their level of attractiveness, by presenting photographs of two students side-by-side and ask the viewer to choose the "hotter" person.
To accomplish this project, Zuckerberg compiled photographs from the online profiles of student houses and even reportedly hacked into the secure areas of Harvard's computer network and copied the houses' private dormitory ID images.
On February 4th, , Zuckerberg launched "Thefacebook" as a social networking site specifically for Harvard University students. In July of , the Guardian  reported that more than half the undergraduate population at Harvard registered on the service within the first month of launch. Incorporation Facebook incorporated in the summer of and appointed Internet entrepreneur Sean Parker, who founded the music sharing website Napster and had been informally advising Zuckerberg, as the company's president.
In , the company dropped "The" from its name after purchasing the domain facebook. In September , the site significantly expanded its userbase after opening up registration for high school networks. On September 26th, , Facebook officially opened up registration for anyone older than age of 13 with a valid e-mail address. Facebook IPO Even before Facebook announced its revenue profit for the first time in September , rumors about Facebook's initial public offering IPO had been circulating both online and in the news media for years.
On January 25th, , Bloomberg  reported that Facebook halted trading of its shares in secondary markets for three days, which analysts read as a possible indicator that the company is gearing up for the much-anticipated IPO process. Features News Feed On September 21, , Facebook updated their News Feed layout to automatically sort posts based on an algorithm that would determine what was most relevant to you, rather than chronological order. Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper.
You won't have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven't visited Facebook for a while, the first things you'll see are top photos and statuses posted while you've been away.
They're marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner. The new layout received a backlash from many users, and was covered by MSNBC in an article titled "Facebook gives the News Feed a makeover, users get angry.
Timeline On September 22nd, , Facebook held F8, an annual developers conference in San Francisco, where they unveiled a new profile layout called "Timeline. On September 23rd, BuzzFeed  revealed how Facebook users could enable the new Timeline profile 2 weeks early by faking the creation of an app. The same day they published a follow up post explaining how to use the new Timeline profile to view people who had unfriended you in the past.
People with "Add Friend" next to their name were those who had been removed as friends at some point. This feature was removed by the end of the day.
Timeline profiles became accessible to all million Facebook users on December 15th, Additionally, the Twitter account FacebookChair  was created for similar purposes, though it was seemingly abandoned after six tweets. On October 5th, the first round of parody skits based on the commercial began appearing on YouTube. Facebook Home On March 28th, , Facebook announced that the company will hold a press conference at the headquarters on April 4th to reveal its "New Home on Android.
Facebook Home also offers a system called Chat Heads  shown below, right , which offers pop-up access to Facebook and SMS messaging no matter what app a person is using. Numerous tech blogs  and news sites  offered live coverage of the event, during which some critics questioned the degree of privacy protection the app would offer.
Despite this, other news sites including Slate  and Forbes  expressed excitement over the new phone option, with the latter hoping it could introduce a new era of communication protocol where people are connected through names and not numbers. In addition, users can choose different nicknames to display for each room, thus effectively enabling anonymous chat on the social networking site.
On the following day, Facebook product manager Josh Miller submitted an article to the news site Medium,  revealing that users had begun spreading QR codes linking to various rooms on both Instagram and Reddit. Empathy Button On September 15th, , Facebook uploaded a video to Vimeo of a public question and answer session with Mark Zuckerberg, in which he mentioned people had been asking for a "Dislike button" and revealed "we're working on it" before elaborating that the company is not looking to implement a downvote button shown below.
The following day, Tech Crunch  published an article titled "Facebook Is Building An Empathy Button, Not 'Dislike'," which speculated that the new button could be used to tell people "sorry" to express feelings of concern. Reactions On October 8th, , Facebook  announced it had begun testing a new "Reactions" feature, which would become an extension of the "Like" button providing additional quick responses to content.
That day, Tech Crunch published an article about the new feature, revealing that it would include a set of six emoji to express love, laughter, happiness, shock, sadness and anger shown below. Meanwhile, The Verge  published an article revealing that Facebook chose the six emoji based on scans of one-word comments and stickers used by users on the social network.
In the coming days, several other news sites published articles about the upcoming feature, including Ars Technica,  Wired  and Gizmodo.
Following the discovery, numerous Twitter users began posting jokes and criticisms directed toward the new feature shown below. Later that day, Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen posted a tweet announcing that the prompt as "a test — and a bug that we reverted within 20 minutes" shown below. He also announced a new video chat feature for Instagram. The feature would allow users to view profiles of people who are not their friends.
Additionally, friends would not be able to see dating profiles and users of the dating feature would only be suggested to people who are not their friends. The feature would be optional and opt-in only. These include stronger restrictions on data use and new app review procedures. Additionally, they announced a new "clear history" feature.
Users will be able to view what information Facebook collects from them when they are using the web client, as well as prevent Facebook from tracking users around the web. The post contained a link to an image outlining how to make a data request to Facebook to send all the personal data they have collected about you as part of the "european Data Protection Directive.
Shortly after, an article was published to the technology blog ZDnet  that claimed the Reddit thread managed to "overwhelm Facebook with data requests. On September 28th, Reddit davesterist  posted a screenshot of an email he received from Facebook explaining that they would not be fulfilling his request because he lives in the United States where there are no laws that require Facebook to send personal data.
Obscene Content On November 15th, , various news outlets including CNN  , Time  and Fox News  published articles about reports that graphic photos of pornography and gore, including lewd photoshopped photos of celebrities like Justin Bieber , were showing up on their Facebook  Newsfeeds.
The unofficial Facebook blog All Facebook  noted that this wasn't the first time this type of spam had appeared on the social networking site: Popkin noted that the resurgence of a hoax about hackers posting porn links invisible to the owner's wall may have been related to the porn spam issue.
In that case, the screaming warnings claimed hackers would use a victim's name to post porn videos to the Facebook walls of the victim's Facebook friends. What's more, these posts remained invisible to the victim. Several security agencies including Sophos say that they've found no evidence that hackers can are able to prevent you from seeing content they've posted using your name.
For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times! Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall.
This will place them under protection of copyright laws. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared.
That is our policy, and it always has been. The report included a chart breaking down the number of requests received from a specific country, the number of accounts inquired about and the percentage of requests that were fulfilled, including partial fulfillments. Click through to see entire list. In that six month span, data from nearly 38, users was requested, with more than half of those users requested by the United States government.
Only five other countries made requests in excess of 1, Furthermore, the anonymous tipster alleged that trending articles from various conservative news outlets and journalists were also suppressed, such as Glenn Beck , Steven Crowder, The Drudge Report and Brietbart.
Additionally, some sources claimed they were instructed to manually insert selected stories into the bar, specifically noting topics regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. Facebook's Response That evening, a Facebook spokesperson released a statement denying the accusations of bias in their trending topic sidebar.
There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. As of May 10th, a Snopes  page lists the claim that "Facebook routinely suppresses conservative news in favor of liberal content" as "unproven. On October 26th, BuzzFeed News  ran an investigative article similarly highlighting the growing number of fake news stories in high-volume circulation on Facebook since the company dissolved its team of human news editors.
On November 9th, , the day that Donald Trump was declared the winner of the United States presidential election , New York Magazine  ran an article titled "Donald Trump Won Because of Facebook," which sharply criticized Facebook's inability or neglect to contain the viral spread of hoaxes or fake news stories about the candidates as a major factor that shaped the public opinion of the voters and influenced the outcome of the election. Furthermore, the article alleged that Facebook ultimately empowered Donald Trump's stature by allowing the circulation of stories from partisan and opinionated news sites that are mainly driven by for-profit agendas rather than journalism.
Voters make decisions based on their lived experience. They wrote in a statement: In so doing, they gave their consent for Kogan to access information such as the city they set on their profile, or content they had liked, as well as more limited information about friends who had their privacy settings set to allow it. Although Kogan gained access to this information in a legitimate way and through the proper channels that governed all developers on Facebook at that time, he did not subsequently abide by our rules.
When we learned of this violation in , we removed his app from Facebook and demanded certifications from Kogan and all parties he had given data to that the information had been destroyed.
On March 20th, another whistleblower, Sandy Parakilas, who was paid to investigate these types of data breaches said that Facebook had no control over the data given to outside developers. He said, "Once the data left Facebook servers there was not any control, and there was no insight into what was going on. That day, the hashtag " DeleteFacebook" began trending on Twitter.
Users posted screenshots and articles of themselves deleting their accounts shown below. The memo available below , titled "The Ugly," discusses the company's quest for growth at any costs. Bosworth says everything the company does to connect people is a "de facto good," even if people are killed as a result.
That can be good if they make it positive. Maybe someone finds love.