Social Media Update 26.08.19
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
It’s a small saving grace amidst all the dyspeptic grumbling about filter bubbles and racism on social media, but a recent Pew Research Center “survey of adults in 11 nations across four global regions finds that, in many key respects, smartphone users – and especially those who use social media – are more regularly exposed to people who have different backgrounds and more connected with friends they don’t see in person.”
To provide users with more control over the information shared with it by third-party ad platforms, Facebook will now let “you see a summary of the apps and websites that send us information about your activity, and clear this information from your account if you want to.” Called Off-Facebook Activity, users can: “See a summary of the information other apps and websites have sent Facebook through our online business tools, like Facebook Pixel or Facebook Login; Disconnect this information from your account if you want to; and Choose to disconnect future off-Facebook activity from your account. You can do this for all of your off-Facebook activity, or just for specific apps and websites.”
In an unpopular move, YouTube is eliminating its private messaging feature launched only two years ago. With little explanation, YouTube is ending the ability of users to “send their friends videos and chat within a dedicated tab in the YouTube mobile app.”
Through a partnership with navigation app Waze, YouTube Premium and Music Premium subscribers can now “safely listen to their favorite music from directly within the Waze app, where they get their directions.”
Twitter announced that it is banning all advertising from state-sponsored news outlets. TNW reports that “Twitter earlier today announced it’s banned more than 900 accounts purported to be linked to a China-sponsored disinformation campaign against the citizens of Hong Kong, now it’s extending its policies to ban advertising from all state-sponsored news sources globally. . . . The ban will encompass any news-media organization found to be ‘financially or editorially controlled by the state.’” The obvious question of course is who and how is ‘state-sponsored’ defined.