Can you believe that it’s almost October? It’s been a wild ride in 2020 all across social media, including these things in the past couple of weeks:
What’s Happening With TikTok?
Every day seems to present new headlines with TikTok and its possible partners with Oracle and Walmart. Here’s a look at the top highlights:
- Both Oracle and Walmart appear to be on board with this deal contributing to President Trump’s education fund proposal.
- Chinese state media says the deal is “dirty” and “unpalatable.”
- There are still numerous questions and uncertainties as the deal moves forward.
- Meanwhile, the company continues business as usual and making headlines for banning weight loss ads to users under 18 years old.
Advertisers, Social Media Giants Reach Deal to Stop Harmful Content
Months after a huge boycott, advertisers have a reached a deal with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to help curb harmful content online.
The deal will help develop common terms for content such as hate speech and bullying. The platforms will also adopt streamlined reporting standards.
Instagram is (Almost) 10 Years Old!
Does it make you feel old to know that Instagram is nearing a decade old?!? The Guardian recently took a look at the photo-sharing app (now with videos, stories, reels and more) has changed us.
To celebrate, it appears that Instagram will be offering users a wide variety of icons on its app:
‘20% Rule’ From Facebook is Gone
You may soon start seeing more ads with text on Facebook. A longstanding rule on Facebook prevented advertisers from having ads with more than 20% text on them, but the social media giant quietly removed that requirement recently.
YouTube to Add More Age-Restrictions
Using artificial intelligence, YouTube will be blocking videos that violate its age restriction policy. Users can appeal if their videos are marked with the restriction.
“Going forward, we will build on our approach of using machine learning to detect content for review, by developing and adapting our technology to help us automatically apply age restrictions,” YouTube said.
LinkedIn Launches Stories
After a few months of testing, LinkedIn has joined many other social media platforms with a Stories function. This will let users showcase their work life and, for example, make it easier for influencers to speak to their audiences.
It’s one of several changes LinkedIn launched recently. Click/tap here to check them all out.
Pinterest Gears Up for the Holidays
Halloween is still more than a month away, but Pinterest isn’t waiting to get started on the 2020 holiday season.
With more than 416 million active users, Pinterest has launched a holiday marketing hub and a holiday marketing guide for businesses.
Pinterest also recently launched a “stories” format to its app.
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