Social Media News - October 15, 2019

Social Media News - October 15, 2019

Instagram Launches Create Mode

Instagram has added a new Stories feature called Create that helps users make new layouts for their Stories posts. Replacing the former Type mode in stories, the Create option now appears in along the bottom of a user’s screen when he or she goes to upload a Stories post. Once a user is in Create mode, there are even more options to choose from! The features don’t have names and are simply represented by symbols, but among them is the ability to create text, layouts, polls, quizzes, and even post from a user’s archives. One of the most talked-about tools in Create mode is the “On This Day” option, which was previously featured only in the Archive section of a user’s account. Now users can head straight to Stories to show off what they did five years ago instead of navigating through other menus within the app.

Social Media News - September 25, 2019

Facebook to Get Rid of Group Stories

Facebook recently added a multi-contributor option for Stories where multiple public figures can contribute to one story. As of September 26th, Facebook will sunset its similar “Group Stories” feature, which allows multiple members of one group to contribute to a singular Story for that group. No new Group Stories will be able to be posted, and all existing Group Stories will be deleted. Archived Group Stories will still be visible, but users will not be able to re-share them.

Facebook Suspended ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Post-Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook provided an update this week on its investigation into every app that could have been granted the same data access as Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has looked into millions of apps, and has, to date, suspended tens of thousands for a variety of reasons. However, Facebook has said the investigation is “by no means finished” and it is continuing to look into these apps.

Instagram Putting New Restrictions on Diet and Cosmetic Surgery Ads

With influencers like Kylie Jenner promoting weight loss products such as “detox teas” becoming more prominent, there has been a lot of discussion about the effect that it has on younger users. Instagram consulted with mental health and wellbeing experts and decided to pose restrictions on the age demographics available for targeting with these ads. Instagram will restrict posts promoting certain weight loss procedures or cosmetic procedures with the incentive to purchase to users under the age of 18. This follows Instagram’s recent efforts to make the social platform a more positive place.

Snapchat Is Adding a 3D Camera Mode

Snapchat is keeping up with Instagram’s new 3D features by releasing one of its own – a 3D camera mode that will let users create and use 3D-like depth effects in their images. Users can access this feature by going to the camera mode and accessing the drop-down menu on the right. Users will be able to save any 3D creations to use later. In addition to creating these effects, users will also have access to a new selection of 3D lenses and filters.

Source:  TechCrunch

Source: TechCrunch

Social Media News - September 10, 2019

Social Media News - September 10, 2019

Facebook Testing Removing Likes

Following suit with many of the other social platforms, Facebook said it is  “considering testing” hiding likes. Jane Manchun Wong found the potential test while looking into the code of the Facebook Android app. The company did comment, saying it may test this feature in the future, but did not provide any information on how its live testing of the same feature on Instagram was going.

Social Media News - September 3, 2019

Social Media News - September 3, 2019

Instagram Develops Location Sharing App

Instagram is challenging Snapchat once again with a new Instagram family messaging app called ‘Threads.’ The app is supposed to share with your close friends list on Instagram, and will be a way to stay connected with your inner circle. The app will allow users to share their location, speed, and battery life with friends in addition to the video, text, and photo messaging abilities. Threads will also allow for automatic posting which would let the app post real-time updates of your location, speed, and more. However, rather than provide an actual location, the app will say a friend is “on the move.” Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, has not confirmed anything about the partner app, and it is unclear right now when Threads would actually launch.