Facebook’s move to offer a “breaking” label select publishers can use on their stories to help them be found in the News Feed is a step in the right direction in terms of addressing the spread of fake news in that it assigns some level of verified status to the publisher.
You can now mess with and add your own drawings or stickers to your friends’ Instagram photos and then send it back to them. Seems like the kind of thing that’s designed to be “fun” but which could be used for “abuse” and “bullying” pretty easily. Another example of Silicon Valley not being able to see beyond its own limited intent.
Mass messaging from brands to customers could be coming to Facebook, which sounds awful.
Evan Spiegel is laying out his vision for the future not just of Snapchat but of social media in general here, citing the self-expression possible on messaging apps versus the “fake news” found on social media while also discussing the balance needed between human curation and algorithmic discovery. A look at the redesigned app makes it clear there’s a separation being found between personal and media-based updates
YouTube has introduced Reels as part of a rollout of new Community features. Reels allows creators to create compilations of videos in much the same way other social platforms have adopted “stories.”
Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.