Facebook Sponsored Stories Will Officially Die On April 9th

Back in June, Facebook announced that it was going to get rid of some of its ad units in an effort to eliminate some redundancies, as many of its offerings accomplished the same goals. The company hinted at the demise…

Yes, Facebook May Owe You $10; That Email Isn’t a Scam

Million and millions of U.S. Facebook users received an email last weekend that read LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION – just like that, in all caps. It says that “a federal court authorized this notice,” and that it’s…

Instagram’s New Privacy Policies Take Effect on Saturday

Just a friendly reminder: those new Instagram policies that caused such a ruckus back in December go into effect this Saturday, January 19th (but without the clause that caused most of the ruckus). The new privacy policy and terms of…

Instagram Is About to Make Pretty Little Ads Out of Your Photos

Instagram just updated its privacy policy to fall in line with Facebook’s updated data use policy allowing the transfer of user information back and forth across both services (or affiliates, as they call each other). That move was expected after…

Everyone Should Probably Just Put a Dick on All Their Instagram Photos Now

UPDATE: Instagram Is Not, Nor Were They Ever Going to Sell Your Photos ORIGINAL ARTICLE: [Possibly NSFW drawing below] I know you’re mad about Instagram Facebook deciding that they wanted to make money from your favorite app. I know the…

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Is in Its Penultimate Hour

A couple of weeks ago, we told you that Facebook’s long-running Sponsored Stories lawsuit was likely on its way to coming to a close. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg, upon reviewing a new settlement proposal from the social network, was…

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit May Be Coming to a Close

Facebook may finally be able to close the books on a long-running lawsuit that saw the company accused of major privacy violations corresponding to their Sponsored Stories initiative. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg was “much less critical”…

Facebook “Suggests” Posts from Outside Your Network

Back in August, Facebook began a test that brought straight-up advertising to the news feed for the first time. This type of advertising isn’t really social, as it’s not based on the actions of friends. “[W]e are beginning a very…

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Lawsuit Gets New Settlement

Facebook is making another attempt to bring an end to a lawsuit over their advertising practices – mainly their Sponsored Stories ads. This time, after having a settlement rejected back in August, Facebook has changed up the monetary aspect of…

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement Denied

A District Judge has denied, without prejudice, a settlement hammered out by Facebook and plaintiffs in a class-action suit directed at the companies advertising practices – more specifically their Sponsored Stories ads. The original suit involved five California plaintiffs that…

Facebook Tests Promoted Posts in Your News Feed from Pages Way Outside Your Network

Soon, you may begin to see promoted posts from pages that your don’t even like – or your friends don’t even like. You may see a post from a brand that you’ve never even heard of. That’s because Facebook is…

Facebook’s Sponsored Stories Settlement Put On Hold

In June, Facebook and five California plaintiffs reached a settlement in a lawsuit centered on the company’s ad product known as Sponsored Stories. You know the ones – posts that Facebook promote to the top of your news feed or…

Facebook Is Putting Words In Users’ Mouths By Promoting Content From Pages They Like

There’s a new feature making its way to the Facebook News Feed that has some people up in arms. And while I’m usually the first to defend Facebook against the wrath of whiny, misinformed, overreactions from the Facebook population –…

Facebook To Target Mobile Ads Based On App Usage [REPORT]

Facebook, always looking for ways to boost revenues from advertising these days, is set to roll out a brand new product in the next couple of weeks, according to sources. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that this new ad…

Facebook Offers To Teach You About Their Ads While You View Their Ads

Facebook advertising is on a lot of minds these days, which naturally means that it’s also under a bit more scrutiny. Maybe it’s because of this, or maybe they just felt like it was a proper thing to do –…

Zynga.com, Now With More Facebook Ads and Sponsored Stories

Facebook ads are beginning to move offsite, and one of the most logical and unsurprising places to find them is Zynga.com. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to imagine how many other sites will begin to house Facebook ads and Sponsored Stories in…

You’re Soon Going To Be Able To Opt Out Of Facebook’s Sponsored Stories

Earlier this week, we told you that Facebook had settled a lawsuit centered around their Sponsored Stories with a $10 million cy-pres settlement which would have the money go to charity. The class-action case was brought by five plaintiffs from…

Facebook Settles Sponsored Stories Lawsuit With $10 Million To Charity

A northern California district judge has said that “economic injury” could be proven by plaintiffs suing Facebook over Sponsored Stories, and Facebook has agreed to settle the lawsuit with a $10 million charity donation. The complaint at the heart of…

Facebook Advertisers Can Now Buy Mobile-Only Sponsored Stories

You know how everyone is worried about Facebook’s ability to monetize their mobile platform in this tenuous post-IPO period? Today, they might have just taken a significant step in at least moving in the direction of assuaging some of those…

Facebook Settles In Sponsored Stories Lawsuit

Facebook has settled a lawsuit over their Sponsored Stories feature out of court today. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. A document filed yesterday (PDF) notified the court that the parties in the case had reached a…