Social Web Recap 22.10.18

Social Web Recap 22.10.18

My weekly annotated summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.

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Love the Numbers

Simmons Research released its News Media Trust Index a couple of weeks ago, the most telling finding being that “the average percentage of respondents who rated news sources as trustworthy or very trustworthy was just 40%, a clear sign the news media is in crisis.” A couple of notes:

  1. The British network BBC News was the most trusted cable news network in the U.S.!

  2. Thankfully, Fox News ranks only 17th, although highest among the Trump apologists and other right-wing dissimulator news outlets.

  3. In fact, “The least trusted news sources were all Internet-first and hyper-partisan in nature (both liberal and conservative) representing brands that have been consistently rated as misleading and inaccurate by fact-checkers.”



Responding to pressure from users, Twitter will now make clear when a tweet is taken down because it violated its rules. On its blog last week, Twitter posted that “When we determine that a Tweet violates the Twitter Rules, we require the violator to delete it before they can Tweet again . . . Starting today (October 17), we're adding new notices to make it easier to see when we've taken enforcement action on a Tweet. Now, once we've required a Tweet to be deleted, we will display a notice stating that the Tweet is unavailable because it violated the Twitter Rules.”

Twitter is testing something called ‘Annotations’ (only on the mobile app) to provide more contextual information in ‘Moments’ to “clarify and provide context for the tweets that comprise Twitter’s curated trending content.”


Facebook is in all likelihood pushing even harder into hardware with the news, according to Ivan Mehta at TNW, that it is “working on a companion product for TVs that’s also designed for video calling, as well as tuning into Facebook Watch. The device, codenamed ‘Ripley’ is slated to launch in 2019, and combine a camera for calls, as well as components to support streaming video.”


Not an update per se, but newsworthy for avid YouTubers nonetheless. You can now buy concert tickets directly after watching watching videos on YouTube Official Artist Channels. Under the videos, Eventbrite listings for live music performances throughout the U.S. will be shown: “With one easy click on the “Tickets” button, they’ll be able to purchase directly from Eventbrite.”

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