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In this week’s Platform Five: YouTube removes video dislike counts

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

YouTube removes video dislike counts, Instagram tests new ‘Take a Break’ feature, and Facebook announces the removal of thousands of ad targeting categories.

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

YouTube removes video dislike counts

This week, YouTube announced that it will be removing video dislike counts to mitigate the feature’s misuse. The update follows attacks on YouTube creators, where others use the dislike option “to harm a video’s performance.”

Read more here.

Instagram tests new ‘Take a Break’ feature

In an effort to boost users wellbeing, Instagram is currently testing a new ‘Take a Break’ feature “which will enabled users to set reminders to take some time away from the app after a certain period of activity”.

Learn more here.

Facebook announces the removal of thousands of ad targeting categories

From January 19 2022, Facebook will remove thousands of Detailed Targeting options around sensitive issues and causes. According to Facebook, sensitive topics include, “health, race or ethnicity, political affiliation, religion, or sexual orientation.”

Read more here.

Clubhouse adds room recordings

Clubhouse’s new ‘Replays’ feature is an option for creators to use in public rooms that records the entire chat. When users download the recording, they will be able to replay the whole experience, including all the “same elements of a live room”.

Learn more here.

Twitter enables non-Twitter users to tune into Spaces

Twitter is continuing to expand its Spaces offering to boost engagement. Now, users can share links to Spaces broadcasts with others who do not have a Twitter account. This could not only encourage more users to tune into Spaces, but also encourage non-Twitter users to register an account.

Learn more here.

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