FOX News and Facebook Partner for GOP Debate

By Jason White, Media Partnerships

FOX News teamed up with Facebook on Thursday for the first prime-time GOP presidential primary debate of the 2016 election cycle. Ten Republican contenders squared off on-stage in Cleveland during the FOX News-Facebook Debate, answering a mix of questions including ones sourced directly from people on Facebook.

The event sparked strong social conversation with 7.5 million people generating more than 20 million Facebook posts, comments, and likes. Many turned to Facebook to comment on the candidates’ performances and discuss issues of importance, as the voices and faces of people on the platform framed the questions and tone of this early #GOPDebate. (more…)

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Introducing Live for Facebook Mentions

Update – Mentions is now available for verified public figures on Pages or profiles.

By Vadim Lavrusik, Product Manager

Every day, athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers use Facebook Mentions to share and connect with their fans, and more than 900 million people are connected to public figures on Facebook.

Today, we’re excited to introduce Live, a new way for public figures to share live video from Mentions with their fans on Facebook. With Live, public figures can take fans behind the scenes, host a Q&A, share announcements, and more — all in real time.

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Can’t Miss Videos: July

By Brad Ferry, Strategic Partner Development

People are sharing and discovering videos on Facebook more than ever before. With this monthly series, we’ll be posting a round-up of some of the most popular and interesting videos posted by Pages on Facebook from the past month.

Here are the 10 standout videos from July: (more…)

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Customization and Control: New Tools for Video Publishers

By Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza, Product Manager

We’re building tools to help video publishers grow their businesses on Facebook, and we’re excited to announce two new updates that give publishers more control over how their videos are organized and shared.

Today we’re excited to introduce enhancements to our video upload system and a new Video Library. The enhanced video upload flow gives Page owners customized distribution options for videos on Facebook, while the new Video Library is a simple, centralized place to manage videos. (more…)

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2015 Copa América on Facebook

By Felipe Kozlowski – Sports Partnerships, LATAM

For three weeks this summer, some of world’s best football players came together in Chile to play for their home countries in the 2015 Copa América. Twelve teams competed for the coveted title that was ultimately won by Chile for the first time ever.

As the teams faced off over the course of the tournament, millions of people used Facebook to discuss the matches, connect with friends and players, and react to the dramatic plays, controversial calls, heartbreaking losses and jubilant wins.

Between June 1 and July 4, 59 million people generated 309 million posts, comments and likes about the Copa América on Facebook globally. (more…)

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2015 Women’s World Cup Final on Facebook

By Brandon Gayle, Global Lead – Athletes & Sports Solutions

Sports fans around the world gathered to watch the finale of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the end, US Soccer avenged their heartbreaking 2011 loss, defeating Japan 5 to 2 to become the first women’s team in history to win three World Cup titles. Following the United States’ win, Facebook’s Data Team analyzed the social conversation around the match. Globally, 9 million people had 20 million Facebook interactions related to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. (more…)

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Can’t Miss Videos: June

By Brad Ferry, Strategic Partner Development

People are sharing and discovering videos on Facebook more than ever before. With this monthly series, we’ll be posting a round-up of some of the most popular and interesting videos posted by Pages on Facebook from the past month.

Here are the 10 standout videos from June: (more…)

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Transitioning to the New Comments Plugin

By Varun Bhartia, Product Manager

This week, we will be updating all previous versions of the Comments Plugin to v2.3 that was announced at F8. This new version includes a refreshed Comments Moderation Tool with new UI, layout, and better spam controls, as well as changes on the Comments front end such as a cleaner design to make the plugin compatible with more sites and optimized for mobile.

This update will happen automatically, so your app/site will have the benefit of the plugin’s new, updated look and functionality without any work required to make the change. (more…)

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New Videos Tab in Page Insights

By Anaid Gomez-Ortigoza, Product Manager

As video continues to grow on Facebook, we want to provide video publishers with tools to help them better understand their performance and inform their strategy.

Today, we’re announcing a new Videos tab in Page Insights, which will enable video publishers to more easily determine the overall performance of their videos across custom date ranges. (more…)

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