Social Media Update 07.10.19
A weekly annotated curation of significant social media platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
Love the Numbers
We get our news from social media — Facebook being the chief pathway (52%) — but we sure don’t trust it. A Pew Research Center study released las week found that: “62% of respondents believe social media has too much control’ over the mix of news we see on their platforms a slightly smaller number believe it skews the news we do see.”
The promised spam and abuse filter for Twitter DMs rolled out last week. TechCrunch’s Catherine Shu explains that “The filter adds a new view to the Additional Messages inbox, where DMs from people you don’t follow go. If you click on it, messages that potentially contain offensive content also have their previews hidden, with an option to delete the message without opening it first . . . The new DM filter is useful for people who want to keep their Twitter messages open, but (like most people) don’t want to see abusive content.“
Instagram introduced a way to help creators find out why Instagram may be a better platform than YouTube for their creative aspirations. According to TechCrunch “The dedicated account called @creators “will deliver tips and tricks for people hoping to become more active on the platform” . . . Among them how to get ‘verified’.
Following through on a public test, Instagram now offers a ‘Restrict’ mode that lets users protect their account from bullies. Instagram explains that “Once Restrict is enabled, comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person. You can choose to view the comment by tapping “See Comment;” approve the comment so everyone can see it; delete it; or ignore it.”
Do we really need another messaging app? Facebook certainly thinks so as it launches ‘Threads’ on Instagram. As Facebook explains “Threads is a standalone app designed with privacy, speed and your close connections in mind. You can share photos, videos, messages, Stories and more with your Instagram close friends list. You are in control of who can reach you on Threads, and you can customize the experience around the people who matter most.” Unlike Messenger, the emphasis with Threads is on sharing visuals more than text messages.