This week’s most important social media updates


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

Facebook and Twitter are working to stop misinformation about coronavirus, Instagram is helping users clean up their newsfeed and Reddit content is making its way to TV.

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

Twitter and Facebook work to stop the spread of misinformation about coronavirus

As the number of coronavirus cases increases so does the amount of misinformation appearing in people’s social media feeds. Both Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to ensure that people are getting their information from accurate sources and remove “coordinated attempts to spread disinformation”.

Learn more here.

YouTube is investing $100m in kids content that showcases character strength

Back in September, YouTube announced a $100m fund to invest in new children’s content on the back of a settlement with the FTC over child privacy violations. We’re now getting the first bit of insight into how the money will be spent. YouTube is apparently looking to fund videos that “drive outcomes associated with courage, compassion, communication, gratitude, curiosity, humility, teamwork, integrity, perseverance, self-control, empathy and creativity.”

Find out more here.

TikTok is testing a new profile format

TikTok which had its rise to fame in 2019 is reportedly looking to update its profile design. The new design is looking rather Instagram-like. This is a clever move in some ways as it’ll help new users be more comfortable in the platform.

See the new layout for yourself here.

Instagram now gives users unfollow suggestions

To help users clean up their newsfeeds, Instagram will now tell users who they interact with least frequently. The new ‘following categories’ feature will divide the list of who users follow into categories including ‘most seen in feed’ and ‘least interacted with.’

Read more here.

Reddit could be coming to a TV screen near you

Reddit has announced a new deal that will allow its posts and conversations to move from the webpage to the silver screen. The platform is partnering with Tagboard, a software that will allow content to be shared with broadcasters in the US. Reddit hopes that it will help raise its brand profile.

Learn more here.


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