The Menlo Park, California based Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) scrapped for European users its automatic-photo-tagging feature in an attempt to please regulators who were worried that the feature would hurt privacy rights. Photo-tagging feature is based on technology recognizing people’s faces.
Reports say that the suspension could damage the world’s biggest social networking site’s ability to profit from the data it collects regarding its users, being forecast around $1 billion.
The New York Times declared that the verdict could affect how facial-recognition technology is used in public, for security and for marketing.
Ireland’s commissioner for data protection Billy Hawkes reported in a statement on Friday that the social-networking company decided that by Oct. 15 it would delete for present European users the data it has gathered from its facial-recognition feature.
Shifting reader’s focus to broader market, let’s consider market performance of other stocks that significantly affect same sector. SINA Corp. (NASDAQ:SINA) fell -0.51% to settle at $66.37, Demand Media Inc. (NYSE:DMD) moved up +1.34% to end at $11.35 while FriendFinder Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:FFN) jumped +26.32% to finish at $0.960 on Friday.
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) on Sep 21, 2012 increased +1.20% to the closing price of $22.86. The overall volume in the last trading session was 51.22 million shares. Its fifty two weeks range was $17.65 – $45.00. The total market capitalization remained at $48.97 billion.
FB is ahead of its 52 weeks low with 30.26% and lagging behind from its 52 weeks high price with -49.20%. FB’s last month stock’s price volatility remained 3.48%. In its share capital FB has 2.14 billion outstanding shares, among them 627.97 million shares have been floated in market exchange. FB’s stock’s institutional ownership remained 47.84% while insider ownership included 6.92%.
The stock price of FB is moving forward from its 20 days moving average with 14.59% and remote positively from 50 days moving average with 2.55%. FB current year earnings per share experienced an addition with 79.57% while its current quarter performance remained at -30.83%.
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