This week in social media platform changes
- •RIP Vine.On Thursday, Twitter announced it will shut down the 6-second social video app Vine. (They also announced plans to lay off 9% of their workforce.)
- •In a blog post, Facebook announces it will start allowing more “newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest” posts even if they violate their community standards.This is a direct response to the controversies over Facebook blocking (or considering to block) Donald Trump’s posts as well as posts that show iconic (and upsetting) images.
- •Facebook launches selfie filters for Facebook Live: you can now add an “augmented reality” lens to any live broadcast.This update has been in the works since Facebook acquired MSQRD in March. They also added Halloween-themed reactions such as a “Wow” ghost and “mad” Jack-o-Lantern.
- •Twitter announces an overhaul of its safety and anti-harassment policies, but will not roll out the new guidelines until after the Election.
- •Facebook announced free online training for journalists, focused on discovering content, creating stories, and building an audience.
- •Rumor has it a live streaming feature is coming to Instagram… the platform has been testing the feature overseas.
- •Facebook allows developers to create push notifications (as well as customizable in-app notifications).
- •Twitter launches World Series-themed stickers.Had to put some good Twitter news in here somewhere.