There's news from Facebook, Instagram and YouTube this week. Read on to find out more and click the links at the end of each post for the full story.
After years of users requesting a dislike button, Facebook has finally put its new ‘downvote’ button into testing. But rather than this being a public display of your opinion about a status, photo or video, this new feature tells Facebook what you dislike in your newsfeed. It also offers further instructions on how to report content that you do not wish to see. The options ‘offensive’, ‘misleading’ and ‘off topic’ are designed to help Facebook moderate its content. This feature is only testing to a small group of US users at the moment and appears to only be a short test with no plans at the moment to roll the feature out. You can read more about this feature
Instagram is currently testing a feature like Snapchat where users will be notified if you screenshot their story. Users in the test group are receiving warnings that the next time they screenshot a story, the story owner will be notified. This is a test for Instagram to see if this will affect engagement on the app as people may watch less stories if they are unable to screenshot them without notifying the creator. However, this might be a good indication for brands to see what content is popular with viewers and what they should create more of - let's see what happens! For more on this feature read here.
YouTube will be adding more strict measures to its application by removing ads and downgrading the discoverability of channels on the site. This comes after YouTuber Logan Paul posted a video that included the body of a deceased man leading to uproar. YouTube wishes to remove monetisation options for channels who post offensive content and will also make sure they do not show up on the trending and recommended parts of the website. Read TechCrunch’s article here.
Instagram is also testing a feature that will allow you to share other users posts – but only to your story and only if their account is public. Instagram currently doesn’t have a sharing feature in-app, only third party apps such as Regram which allow users to repost content to their own feed. For users concerned about privacy, there is an option in settings to turn post sharing off. The company said: 'We're always testing ways to make it easier to share any moment with friends on Instagram." You can read more here.
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