Facebook is now expanding its fact-checking process to include photos and videos. This is to prevent the spreading of fake news and information, as well as stopping users from misusing the platform. Facebook will use a combination of human and artificial intelligence to flag posts on Facebook that may be false or deceiving.
Twitter has just launched a new feature to help users share news and information better. Currently available on Twitter’s iOS app and Periscope platform, users will now be able to record audio-only live broadcasts. This new feature is accessible from the same interface you would launch live video from. This could be used for sharing breaking-news, creating mini-podcasts or simply sharing a message that is longer than Twitter’s 280-character limit.
Instagram is currently testing a new feature with a small group of users which will allow users to tag friends in video posts. Previously on the platform you could only directly tag friends in photo posts or stories, but this may soon expand to videos for all users. The process is similar to tagging people in photo posts, and users tagged will show as a clickable button on the bottom left side of a video.
Instagram is currently rolling out a new “prompt” feature, which pops up when users search for substance abuse related hashtags, such as buying drugs illegally or searching for recovery and treatment services. In an attempt to help people with drug/alcohol related problems, a message will pop up with three options – “get support”, “see posts anyway” or “cancel”. This new feature follows calls for the platform to do more to regulate drug dealers openly selling on the site after a sharp rise in synthetic opioid deaths in the US.The feature is currently only available in America and will roll out internationally soon.