Facebook Roundup: Privacy, Community Council, DST, South Korea, Email Importing, and Disney

Congress Censors Privacy Hearing – In a strange incident, Ohio Democrat Rep. Zachary Space asked Columbia University Law School Professor Eben Moglen to censor his remarks during a hearing on online privacy to avoid specific criticism of Facebook. The hearing was for the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, more here.

Facebook Shutters Community Council – We previously wrote about Facebook’s attempt at crowd-sourced content moderation, the Facebook Community Council. This week, Andrea James, who was one of the Council members, said an email shut down the group without much explanation. James supposed it was because the company bettered its moderation algorithms.

Facebook Tries New Email Importer Tactic – Facebook seems to be testing a new feature to access users’ email accounts by asking for the password. This helps Facebook add new users.

Disney Reaches 100M Likes – Disney announced this week in a press release that the company, across its Facebook Page properties, had reached 100 million Likes, or fans.

Mobile Analytics Company Flurry Raises $15M – San Francisco-based Flurry raised $15 million in the third round this week, bringing its total amount raised to over $29 million. The company runs analytics on iPhone and Android apps.

Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board Grows – The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recently joined Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and is now one of five organizations to partner with the social network in North America and Europe on related issues.

Humorous Insight Into Latest Facebook Lawsuit – AllThingsD reported this week that the latest fracas involving the Winklevoss twins, who sued Mark Zuckerberg for stealing their idea for Facebook, takes a lighter approach in some of the language.

Russian Facebook Investor DST, $500M In – Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian investment fund, recently disclosed that the company had invested a total of $500 million in Facebook to date.

South Korea Balks at Facebook Privacy – South Korea’s Communications Commission has asked Facebook to improve its privacy protections there. Specifically, that Facebook needs to notify users of the purpose of sharing information when it’s offered to a third party.

Facebook’s Visual Global Dominance – Vincenzo Cosenza posted a most recent visual of Facebook’s global reach.

Zuckerberg To Donate Large Portion of His Fortune – Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg are among 17 other extremely wealthy individuals who have agreed to join the Giving Pledge. The Pledge is an effort pushed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage wealthy people in the U.S. to donate their fortune when they die.

Facebook to Reimburse Gay Employees – Facebook is set to reimburse its gay employees for taxes related to health care costs. Because same-sex marriages are not recognized by the federal government, employees who cover their spouses with their company health insurance must pay more; Facebook is set to reimburse this amount to its employees.