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In this week’s Platform Five: Instagram provides more protection for young users

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

Instagram provides more protection for young users, Facebook adds new features to its Stars function, and Twitter tests new self-reporting option.

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

Instagram provides more protection for young users

Instagram is introducing new features to enhance the protection and wellbeing of young users. The new features are designed to combat both predators who may be on the app as well as negative impacts of overuse.

Read more here.

Facebook adds new features to its Stars function

The new features aim to increase the use of the platform’s Stars Creator donation tool which enables users to donate to creators via livestreams. Among the new features is the Stars Store where users can purchase Stars for a lower price.

Learn more here.

Twitter tests new self-reporting option

Twitter’s latest test enables users to include a sensitive content warning screen to visuals in their own tweets. While Twitter already has a sensitive content screening system, this feature would “provide more protection, and could help to further limit exposure”.

Read more here.

Messenger adds a range of new features

One of Messenger’s new features is the introduction of group AR effects for video calls “that can be applied to multiple people in a video chat.” Another new feature currently in testing phase, is Split Payments which makes it easier for users to share the cost of expenses and bills.

Learn more here.

LinkedIn adds new approaches to data collection and ad targeting

LinkedIn’s new approaches aim to keep up with the evolving data privacy climate. One of the new approaches is a new ‘Group Identity’ targeting option “which will utilize its own first-party data, as entered on user profiles, to categorise audiences into more segments.”

Learn more here.

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