Social Media Weekly

14 november - 20 november 2018

Instagram attempts to tackle social media addiction and Twitter is considering an 'edit tweet' feature, while Facebook is using AI to tackle drug dealing in the US and unveiling a "Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement".

Instagram’s New Dashboard Tells You How Much Time You Waste in the App

Instagram has rolled out a dashboard that lets you set daily time limits for using the app, and an option to temporarily mute push notifications. The new feature can be accessed through the ‘Your Activity’ menu in the app, which you can find by tapping the hamburger icon in the top-right corner of your profile page. It’s available as a dashboard, and shows you the time you’ve spent in the app over the last week, along with an estimate of the average time spent every day.

You can also set a daily time limit for the app; if you cross it, Instagram will alert you with a notification. Finally, the dashboard also has a feature that lets you choose which notifications you want to receive, and also lets you mute push notifications.

So what?

The new dashboard is Facebook and Instagram's attempt to help combat social media addiction and better users' mental well-being. However, users must first acknowledge their own 'addiction' to set limits and choose not to ignore the notification and close the app. If users choose to set limits via a dashboard, could they not have just done this individually previously? It will be interesting to see if average time spent on the app does decrease over time and if the time spent on the app is more meaningful with greater engagement as time is restricted.

Read More: The Next Web

Facebook and Instagram to use AI to spot drug dealers

Facebook and Instagram are using AI to spot drug dealers using their sites. The "proactive detection" technology allows the platforms to remove drug-related images before it has been seen or reported by users. 

Social media companies are attempting to stop their platforms being used to sell opioids as the US battles an addiction crisis. 

"Our technology is able to detect content that includes images of drugs and depicts the intent to sell with information such as price, phone numbers or usernames for other social media accounts," said Kevin Martin, head of US public policy at Facebook. He said this freed up human moderators to look at pages, groups and hashtags which may be linked to drug use, as well as looking at trends.

So what?

As AI continues to expand into audiences' lives it's encouraging to see it being used as a positive force for change as opposed to entertainment. Should the image recognition technology prove successful, it will be interesting to see whether they expand it to detect further criminal activity that is currently moderated by human moderators on Facebook, and whether this has an impact on the number of flagged posts which have deemed to be acceptable by the platform's moderation team, resulting in a slew of negative press.

Read More: Telegraph

Twitter Considering an Edit Button to Change Tweets, says Jack Dorsey

Twitter is considering introducing an edit button to correct errors in tweets, according to the social media platform's chief executive. Jack Dorsey said Twitter has been examining the “use cases” for an editing tool that would allow people to quickly correct mistakes they may have made in their posts.

Speaking at an event at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, Mr. Dorsey warned such a feature could be prone to abuse by people who make a controversial statement with a tweet, then adjust it to remove the original meaning later on.

So what?

The move would benefit those who make typos or need to make minor changes and who currently have to delete and tweet again or simply leave the mistake. However, there is the potential for tweets with a high volume of likes and retweets to be skewed or edited to something inflammatory, e.g. controversial opinions or fake news.

Read More: Telegraph

In other news this week...

Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription to make its service more affordable |  Tech Crunch

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis | New York Times

Iceland's 'banned' advert could become most popular ever on social media by Christmas | The Telegraph