This week’s most important social media updates


What’s changed in the last seven days? What does it mean?

Twitter has disabled the ability to tweet via SMS after CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked, YouTube is making changes to protect children on the platform and Facebook is testing the removal of Reaction counts on posts.

Let’s take a look at these changes in more detail.

Twitter has temporarily disabled the ability to tweet via SMS

Following the hacking of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account earlier this week, Twitter has temporarily disabled the tweet via SMS feature. This has been done to protect users accounts while Twitter works through vulnerabilities with mobile carriers.

Learn more here.

Facebook’s testing removing Reaction counts from posts

Like counts have already been removed from Instagram in a number of countries and now Facebook is testing removing Reaction counts on Facebook posts as well. Users would still be able to see who has reacted to the post but not the number break down.

Find out more here.

YouTube announces new measures to better protect children

YouTube has announced changes to data collection and ad targeting on videos aimed at children. From January 2020, YouTube will treat data from anyone watching children’s content as if it was coming from a child. This means that data collection will be limited to what is needed to operate YouTube and personalised ads will be removed entirely.

Read more here.

Facebook is rolling out its updated desktop layout

A new simplified desktop layout is being rolled out by Facebook. The preview for the new layout was shown at F8 back in May. The new layout aims to make navigation easier by moving tabs to the top of the screen and compressing the view.

Find out more here.

LinkedIn launches a new course on brand-building and marketing

LinkedIn has launched a new course this week that aims to educate people on how to use the platform for brand-building and marketing. The course titled “Marketing on LinkedIn: The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide” covers all aspects of LinkedIn’s tools.

Learn more here.


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