Catch up on what’s been happening with your favorite platforms!

Facebook

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media giant has removed 18 million posts containing misinformation about COVID-19. However, in an interview with CBS, he didn’t say how many times those posts had been viewed. 
  • With children heading back to school, Facebook has updated tools to help parents manage their children’s online activity. Among the highlights, the tools are designed to help students avoid unwanted exposure online. 
  • Close to The Social Ginger’s home, a Facebook group to help Black business owners has grown to nearly 5,000 people. “I just want to be a resource, I want to be a liaison. I want to continue to move the culture forward,” founder James Harris told NBC12.

Twitter

  • Twitter is working to make it easier to curb misinformation. Some users in the U.S., South Korea and Australia now have the option to report a tweet as misleading.
  • A recent font change didn’t go over well for many users. Now Twitter is saying it’s implementing a fix to the “Chirp” font that has caused headaches and other problems for some people. 
  • Have you ever been tagged in a Tweet that then has numerous follow-ups that won’t stop? There may soon be a way to get out of that conversation with a “Leave This Conversation” option. 

Pinterest

  • Pinterest now has a hair pattern search tool where users can search for six different hair patterns. Users can start with a broad term and then drill down into textures or types to find relevant content. 
  • Pinterest has expanded its partnership with Shopify to give new ways for content creators to monetize their work. “With this latest update, we’re empowering Creators to reach millions of shoppers on the platform and monetize their work,” says Pinterest’s Aya Kanai.

Also Happening

  • After a four-year hiatus, the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak is back. The app was blamed for cyberbullying and hate speech years ago, but the new owners are promising to take a stronger stance against abuse. 
  • TikTok launched new child safety measures, which includes stopping late-night notifications. Also among the changes, users under the age of 16 will get a pop-up message when they post a video for the first time that addresses privacy.
  • The short-form video boom continues, this time with Reddit. It now has its own TikTok-like feed of short video clips, aligned with specific user interests based on the subreddits that they follow.

What’s Trending

Grab the tissues and then check out this performance from a group of nurses during a recent live performance on “America’s Got Talent”:

Want to find out even more about what’s been happening across social media lately? Catch up on all of our Social Media in the News headlines HERE.

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