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Social Media News Stories
1…Google to Shut Down Google+ Social Network After Security Lapse
Google will permanently shut down its social network, Google+. Earlier this year Google revealed a data breach of personal information. Full story from MediaPost.
2…Instagram Rolls Out Scannable Nametages to All Users
Nametag is a customizable identification card that allows people to find your Instagram profile when it’s scanned. Your nametag is uniquely yours and makes it quick and fun to add people and accounts you discover in person. Full story from Instagram.
3…Instagram will now detect bullying in photographs
Instagram announced this week that it would start using machine learning to detect bullying in photos. Posts suspected of bullying will be sent to the Community Operations team for human review. Full story from CNN.
4…Facebook debuts Portal for in-home video chat
Facebook enters the home devices market with the introduction of The Portal. This device lets people make video calls to contacts on Facebook or its Messenger chat app and is compatible with Amazon Alexa. Facebook noted that the devices would not listen to, view or keep the contents of video calls, which are encrypted for security. Full story from Mobile Marketer.
5…Instagram testing a new feature for college students
The new feature is designed to create a community of college ‘grammers to connect with other students. Membership in the community allows them to send direct messages to community members and view Stories straight from the group list. Instagram gave no date on an approximate full rollout. Full story from Digital Trends.
In conclusion, Instagram had a lot going on this week. They continue to innovate and add new (or recycled from Snapchat) products and features. Facebook is trying to keep people using the Messenger app despite the “I got another friend request from you” scam that slide in everybody’s inbox this past weekend. And, who knew Google+ was still around strong enough to have a data breach? Share your updates on that network for the next few months. It shuts down in next year.
What else I’m reading this week:
What social media news stories did I miss this week? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.