Facebook roundup: Android app update, bullying prevention, anti-virus software, PAC donations, engineering and more

Facebook updates Android app – Facebook released an update for its native Android app Thursday, including improvements for photo sharing. Photo tagging is faster and users can now choose an album for their uploads. The app also fixes an upload bug that affected some users.

Facebook takes steps against bullying – Facebook launched a bullying prevention page in its Family Safety Center on Thursday as part of National Bullying Awareness Month. The page includes resources like a support dashboard to help users follow up on problem posts, a video describing how to use social resolution tools, a video featuring successful stories from communities fighting back against bullies and links encouraging members to take the Stop Bullying: Speak Up pledge. Facebook also partnered with the Ad Council to raise awareness of the issue of bullying through a new PSA.

Facebook partners with more anti-virus companies -Facebook this week announced the expansion of its AV Marketplace to include 7 new partners offering free anti-virus software for Facebook users: avast!AVGAviraKasperskyPandaTotal Defense and Webroot. Existing partners MicrosoftMcAfeeNortonTrendMicro and Sophos will begin offering anti-virus software for users’ mobile devices.

Facebook names World Hack winners – Facebook announced the grand prize winners of its Facebook Developer World Hack this week: Paperclip.io from Taipei, Chained Story from Buenos Aires, and BoostMate from Moscow. The teams have won a trip to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, where they will meet with members of the Facebook engineering team. The Facebook Developer World Hack included events in Austin, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Taipei, Berlin, Jakarta, Bangalore, Barcelona, Vancouver, Warsaw and Moscow. The company hosted more than 2,000 developers ans saw more than 330 demos of social products.

Facebook PAC gives more to Republicans; employees give to Democrats – Facebook’s political action committee has given $140,000 to Republican congressional candidates and $127,000 to Democrats through the end of September, according to a CNNMoney review of federal records released Monday.  However, donations from the company’s employees have totaled $116,300 for Democrats and $53,700 for Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has given $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and $5,000 to President Obama, and dozens of smaller contributions to congressional Democrats. Facebook’s PAC did not make any donations to presidential candidates.

Facebook opens London engineering office – Facebook opened its first international engineering office in London on Tuesday. Philip Su, who previously led on Facebook’s Skype integration, is reportedly heading up the team there. London engineers will work on a “range” of products including Facebook’s platform and mobile products. Facebook already has a London sales team working with local agencies on social marketing services.

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