(CNN) - Facebook filed paperwork Monday to form a political action committee called "FB PAC," CNN has learned.
"FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected," said Andrew Noyes, manager of public policy communications at Facebook.
(CNN) - As members of Congress navigate the shifting political sands of the debt-ceiling crisis, many of them are turning to a digital platform more associated with sharing personal updates and funny videos about cats: Facebook.
In recent days, lawmakers have swarmed the popular social network to post videos outlining their positions, conduct opinion polls, reach new constituents and ask for feedback.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is joining Facebook as its vice president of global communications, the company announced late Tuesday.
Lockhart, who ran the White House press office during President Bill Clinton's second term, will be in charge of Facebook's corporate, policy and international communications teams. He will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook's communications chief.FULL STORY
Palo Alto, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama isn't just in the news Wednesday. He'll also be in your news feed.
The White House is holding a "town hall" at Facebook headquarters, where the president is expected to answer questions before a small audience about the economy and the federal deficit. The event also will be broadcast live online to Facebook's more than 500 million users, starting at 1:45 p.m. PT (4:45 p.m. ET).FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - President Obama will meet with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other business leaders when he visits San Francisco Thursday, according to a source familiar with the arrangements. The topics will be promoting American innovation and the president's stated commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy according to a White House official.
But at Wednesday's first press briefing by new White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, reporters wanted to know if Zuckerberg and the president might discuss Facebook and the role of social media in the Egyptian revolution and similar unrest in other North African countries. Carney's answer: "the purpose of the discussion is on innovation. You know, obviously, other topics could come up."FULL STORY
Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, sent the bipartisan request Wednesday with a deadline: Zuckerberg has 15 business days to cough up the answers.
(CNN) – If the number of Facebook fans a candidate has can be seen as a leading indicator to the outcome of a race, the Republicans are in for a big win tonight.
Republican candidates are beating Democratic candidates by a better than two-to-one margin in the number of Facebook fans as of Election Day.
(CNN) - Collecting data on likely voters is not all fun and games, but candidates are creating games on Facebook to collect constituent's e-mails and critical information.
"Facebook games are absolutely underrated in the political space," said Vincent Harris, the CEO of Harris Media, a digital advocacy firm that creates Facebook games for the campaigns. "While users are spending hours a day on Facebook, gaming allows them another medium to interact with and learn about candidates while the campaign is collecting critical data points on the user."
(CNN) – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reached a new milestone: 2 million fans on Facebook.
SarahPAC, Palin's political action committee made the announcement in the form of a fundraising email sent to supporters on Thursday.
"On behalf of Sarah and SarahPAC, I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement, especially on Facebook, where Sarah has just passed 2,000,000 fans," the email from SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford says.
"Over the last year and a half, we have received an outpouring of encouragement and support from people across this great nation. During that time, Sarah has used her Facebook account as an outlet to express her hopes and concerns about the direction of the country."
Palin has used the social media site, which has more than 500 million users, to issue a slew of endorsements in advance of the 2010 midterm elections.
Washington (CNN) – Social networking site Facebook issued a bit of a mea culpa Thursday after a post by former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was deleted from the massive site.
In a statement given to CNN, Facebook said a "note" by Palin about her opposition to building a mosque near New York City's Ground Zero had been deleted by an automated system.
"The note in question did not violate our content standards but was removed by an automated system," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in the statement. "We're always working to improve our processes and we apologize for any inconvenience this caused."
After the original post was deleted, Palin re-posted the note Thursday morning.