In this week’s Platform Five: Spotify is working on a virtual concert feature

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

Facebook is retiring its classic web design, Spotify is working on a virtual concert feature and LinkedIn announces tougher measures on inappropriate content.

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

Facebook is retiring its classic web design

From September, Facebook’s classic web design will be retired and all users will be switched to the new layout. The new design was first announced last year and has since been rolled out to the Android and iOS Facebook app. The new design has been available on desktop but users have had the option to switch back to the old one if they wanted.

Read more here.

Spotify is working on a virtual concert feature

Spotify is reportedly working on a new feature that would let users watch live concerts right from within the app. While they haven’t confirmed the test publicly yet, it makes a lot of sense for Spotify given the impact COVID-19 has had on public events.

Learn more here.

LinkedIn announces tougher measures on inappropriate content

This week, LinkedIn has outlined a range of new measures that they’ll implement in order to make users feel comfortable and protected. As explained by LinkedIn, “Every LinkedIn member has the right to a safe, trusted, and professional experience on our platform. We’ve heard from some of you that we should set a higher bar for safe conversations given the professional context of LinkedIn. We could not agree more.”

Find out more here.

Twitter provides more context on who sends DM requests

Twitter’s new feature aims to make user’s lives just that bit easier. Unsolicited DMs can be an issue so Twitter is helping out by providing more context about the person who sent the message request. Previously, you’d have to go to the sender’s profile to figure out who they were.

Read more here.

Facebook expands e-commerce offerings

Facebook has announced a range of updates for its e-commerce tools which will provide businesses with more ways to connect with customers. One of the changes is a new ‘Shop’ tab which has been added right within the Facebook app. This update will give customers the ability to easily discover and support businesses.

Learn more here.

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