Facebook Roundup: NATO Declaration, Irish Data, Privacy Adoption and More

NATO Uses Facebook to Announce Libya Pullout Plans — The Libya commander for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Admiral James Stavridis wrote on his Page today that “I will be recommending conclusion of this mission to the North Atlantic Council of NATO in a few hours.” Wired has more.

Irish Government Considers Fine for Facebook’s Data Retention Policies — This follows revelations that Facebook has continued storing data that users had already deleted, as we covered in detail recently. A commission of the Ireland government (where Facebook’s regional headquarters are based) is investigating if any local or regional laws were broken, and may fine Facebook if it turns out that they were.

Facebook Preferred Developer Consultant Program Concludes Latest Round – The company says it will announce more details about the next submission round later this month. The program lets developers go through a voluntary approval process in order to receive its endorsement — “What separates a Preferred Developer Consultant (PDC) from most other development firms is the ability to understand social mechanics and technical possibilities on Platform,” in Facebook’s words — as well as a place on its Preferred Developer page.

Facebook’s Taylor Says Most Users Change Privacy – Most users of Facebook have altered their privacy settings, Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor said at a conference earlier this week.

Forum for Pages Mimics Facebook Discussions AppsForum for Pages is an app that allows Page admins to add a discussion tab to their Page, important since Facebook is set to remove this app from all Pages on October 31. The app allows users to import and save all existing discussions, too.

Sweepstakes With Grand Prizes Make Most Effective Contests – A single, big-ticket grand prize was the most effective incentive for marketers to get users to enter a Facebook contest, according to a study from ShortStack. Becoming “Fan of the Week” was also highly attractive. In terms of entry volume, simple sweepstakes received the most entries, while high-friction video submission contests received the fewest.

Randi Zuckerberg Profile – Randi Zuckerberg was profiled by The New York Times this week, in an attempt by her to establish her identity separately from the company that her younger brother founded.

Facebook Ups Lobbying Dollars in Q3 — The $360,000 is going towards the promotion of its views on a wide variety of issues. As TechCrunch details, this includes “global regulation of software companies and restrictions on internet access by foreign governments; patent reform, online safety measures, internet privacy regulations, freedom of expression on the Internet; discussion of location-based services, cyber security, discussing House, Senate, and Government rules to allow more Government and Congressional offices to access social media to engage with citizens, and lobbying for Oregon power and water needs to support high-tech growth and investment in Oregon.”

Other Announcements:

BranchOut Launches Recruiter Tool – Professional networking app BranchOut launched RecruiterConnect, allowing recruiting to search on Facebook for job candidates from those using the app.

GroSocial Raises $450K – GroSocial raised $450,000 in seed funding this week, led by Kickstart Seed Fund with additional contributions by Monarch Ventures, Rock & Hammer Ventures, plus other angels.

SNAP Interactive Launches Developer Blog – SNAP Interactive launched a developer blog this week.