This week in social media platform changes

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Twitter announces an overhaul of its safety and anti-harassment policies, but will not roll out the new guidelines until after the Election.
  5. Facebook announced free online training for journalists, focused on discovering content, creating stories, and building an audience.
  6. Rumor has it a live streaming feature is coming to Instagram… the platform has been testing the feature overseas.
  7. Facebook allows developers to create push notifications (as well as customizable in-app notifications).
  8. Twitter launches World Series-themed stickers.
    Had to put some good Twitter news in here somewhere.