Social Media in the News: Blocking Political Ads; Getting News on Instagram; A Pinterest Rival Arrives

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For this week’s Social Media in the News, we’re slowly getting back to “normal” to be able to bring you a wide variety of headlines from the past couple of weeks. Here’s what we’ve uncovered: 

Facebook Allows Users to Block Political Ads

As Election 2020 heats up, so do the ads. While you might not be able to bypass them on live TV, you can stop them from showing up on some of your social media feeds. 

Facebook announced recently that users will be allowed to block political ads. This comes months after Twitter said it was banning political ads altogether.

Instagram As a News Source?

When it comes to accessing news, Instagram isn’t the first place that usually comes to mind. However, for younger users, it’s where they’re getting their information from. 

The 2020 Reuters Institute Digital News report finds the amount of users turning to Instagram for news has doubled since 2018,” reports the Search Engine Journal

Watch What You Say Online

As businesses focus on their social media policies, it’s important to remember that anything you post can last forever. Even if you delete it, you could get fired, which happened to an employee at a business in North Carolina recently. 

“First amendment right really only focuses on the government,”  said Dr. Henry McKoy, the director of Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Central University, to WTVD.

Google launches Keen

Google is known for creating social media competitors that have fallen a bit flat. (Hello, Google+ anyone?!?) 

Now they’re back, taking on Pinterest. Meet Keen, a place to “share your passions.”

If you like football, for example, you can make a football-themed board (called a “Keen”), which Google them auto-populates with football-related content. 

Read more about it HERE.

Peek Inside Buckingham Palace

This may be the perfect summer for staycations, so why not stay at home and take a glimpse inside Buckingham Palace.

Each summer, thousands of visitors visit parts of the palace, but this year that’s not happening. The Royal Family is now sharing some rare pics on Instagram, with the help of the Royal Collection Trust

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Happy Father’s Day. To celebrate, we’ve chosen this popular novelty print, which allowed 19th-century viewers an opportunity to peek into the private apartments of Queen Victoria and her young family. By opening the flaps, viewers could see behind the gilded doors to reveal an imaginative game in full swing. Prince Albert is led by his scarf by his eldest son, wearing a garland of flowers, while Queen Victoria balances an infant Princess Alice on his back. While this scene was imagined by the artist, the Queen herself described happy scenes in her journals of the same period, as in one entry from 1846: ‘the children played at Blind Man’s Buff while we were at breakfast & enjoyed it immensely. They are just now able to enjoy games.’ #FathersDay #QueenVictoria #PrinceAlbert #HappyFathersDay #artstagram #artofinstagram #artwork #arthistory #artofig

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Snapchat Helps Identify Dogs and Plants

“What kind of dog is that?” 

“What’s growing in my front yard?” 

Thanks to Snapchat, you can get those answers much quicker. The company recently debuted new partners for the Scan feature. It’s press-and-hold-activated feature gives users information when they point their camera at something. 

And yes, that now includes dogs and plants! 

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