Social Media Weekly #32

A SNAPSHOT OF THE MOST CURRENT NEWS, TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICE ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP SHAPE OUR CONTENT AND APPROACH TO SOCIAL MEDIA. – 19 MARCH - 23 MARCH 2018

Facebook

Will the Cambridge Analytica data breach impact how businesses use Facebook data?

The revelation has exposed how personal data on Facebook could be obtained by businesses or analytics firms and exploited for political or other purposes. The fact that Facebook didn't inform affected users about the breach even after discovering it would be a blatant violation of privacy-centric laws such as GDPR which will place a premium on consumer rights and privacy over business interests.

Via SC Magazine

Twitter

Twitter's Testing Out a New Breaking News Module at the Top of User Timelines

Looking to capitalize on its position as a key source for real-time updates on news and events, Twitter's testing out a new breaking news module, which will highlight big news stories at the top of user timelines. The new version adds in important news updates – tap on a story card and you’ll be taken to a specific listing of tweets related to that event, enabling you to keep up with the latest info.

Via Social Media Today

Instagram

After launching in the U.S., Instagram expands its shoppable posts features to business users in eight other countries

Instagram is launching its Shopping feature for business accounts to eight new countries: Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia. The photo sharing app first began testing shoppable photo tags in November 2016 before making Shopping on Instagram available to businesses in the United States last year.

Via Tech Crunch

Instagram update brings hashtags and profile links to bios, may copy Snapchat QR codes

Instagram has today released an update that brings two new features to the social media platform: the ability to add hashtags and profile links to a user’s bio. These new updates build on the social media service previously allowing users to follow hashtags in their main feed. Instagram notes that when you link a profile in your bio, that user will receive an alert and will have the option to remove it if they would like. Also, Instagram looks like it may soon copy Snapchat’s QR code feature. Assets of QR code functionality were recently found in the Android app. Dubbed “Nametag scan” in the files, the potential feature could let users scan QR codes to open profiles of individual or even businesses.

Via 9 to 5 Mac