Social Media Weekly #34

A SNAPSHOT OF THE MOST CURRENT NEWS, TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICE ACROSS SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP SHAPE OUR CONTENT AND APPROACH TO SOCIAL MEDIA. – 03 APRIL - 10 APRIL 2018

Facebook

Cambridge Analytica and Facebook: The Scandal and the Fallout So Far

Revelations that digital consultants to the Trump campaign misused the data of millions of Facebook users set off a furor on both sides of the Atlantic. This is how The Times covered it.

Read More: The New York Times

Facebook restricts APIs, axes old Instagram platform amidst scandals

Facebook  is entering a tough transition period where it won’t take chances around data privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco. That’s why it’s moving up the shutdown of part of the Instagram API. It’s significantly limiting data available from or requiring approval for access to Facebook’s Events, Groups, and Pages APIs plus Facebook Login. Facebook is also shutting down search by email or user name and changing its account recovery system after discovering malicious actors were using these to scrape people’s data.

Read More: Tech Crunch

Facebook Is Rolling Out Its Article Context Features in News Feed Throughout the U.S.

Facebook announced that it is expanding the article context features in News Feed that it began testing last October to all U.S. users, along with two new feature updates. Users will see an “i” button atop the links for certain articles in their News Feeds, and tapping that button will launch a pop-up with additional context about those articles, including:

- Wikipedia entries for the publishers of those articles.
- Related Articles on the same topics.
- Information about how other Facebook users are sharing those articles.
- Informing users if any of the information above is unavailable, which may help to provide context, as well.

Read More: Ad Week

Instagram

Instagram Brings Back GIF Sharing After a Racist GIF Had Caused Them To Suspend The Feature

A few weeks ago, Instagram and Snapchat removed their Giphy sticker feature after a racist GIF was revealed by a Twitter user. The image in question, which appeared when someone searched for “crime,” involved a racist and vulgarly worded image about black on black violence in America. Twitter user Lyauna Augmon posted the image to twitter and tagged Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, telling him to remove the image and apologize.

Read More: Resource Mag Online