This week in social media platform changes

  1. Facebook launched 360 Live video with a National Geographic broadcast from the Mars Desert Research Station. Facebook joins YouTube in 360 live broadcasting – YouTube announced their support for 360 degree live streams in April. Later this month, Facebook Live 360 broadcasting will become an option in the Facebook Live’s API.
  2. Live video broadcasts from the Twitter app are now available, without needing to download or go through the Periscope app.
  3. Group Chats come to Snapchat: You can communicate with up to 16 friends at once. Snaps still last for 24 hours, and each group participant can replay the snap just once. You can also 1-1 chat people from within a group - they're calling this "Quick Chat."
  4. More Snapchat features introduced this week:
    1) Shazam! Integration: Hold down the app's camera to identify a song playing nearby. 2) Scissors: Cut out part of a message and turn it into a custom sticker. 3) Paintbrush: More color and artistic options for making your Snaps Snaptastic.
  5. Instagram Live Video is here, joining Facebook, YouTube, Twitter & Tumblr. This live video is ephemeral– once you stop broadcasting, the live story disappears from the app. IG also launched disappearing photos & videos in Instagram Direct (you can send these to friends or groups of friends), accessible via the new paper airplane icon on your feed.
  6. You can now bookmark posts on Instagram to save for later. Saved posts to go a new private tab on your profile.
  7. Instagram has added a staggering 100 million monthly active users in the past six months – they’re now at 600 million MAUs.
  8. New discussion site Imzy (started by former Reddit employees) is pegged to be a welcoming, conversation-based social site.
  9. Steps Facebook announced this week to combat "fake news": 1) Users can mark stories as fake by clicking "Report Post" option on any post. 2) Facebook has partnered with news orgs like Snopes & the AP to fact check stories. 3) Facebook is analyzing domain names to detect "spoof" domains or sites that might be gaming the system for financial gain.
    More on #2: If the fact checkers can confirm (with a source) that the story is false, the post is marked with a red warning. When a user clicks, you can learn more or go see the debunking link. Flagged posts can't be promoted or made into ads. When a user goes to share a disputed post, they will get a notification saying the link has been disputed. Finally, disputed stories will appear lower in the feed.