News of the Week
We’ve put together a round-up of a few interesting things happening in the world of social media recently.
Fake news articles published by non-traditional news outlets is becoming a growing phenomenon, and a growing problem. With content being shared with such ease today via social media, an increasing number of people are now seeing these articles. It has also been reported that this fake news has had an impact on the recent US election, acting as fictional propaganda swaying people’s opinions and votes.
Here’s an example of some fake news, stating that the FBI agent behind Hillary Clinton’s email leak had been found dead in a murder suicide.
As a result of the attention around this topic, MP’s are now launching a parliamentary inquiry into the impact this fake news has on today’s democracy. They are also looking at ways to put pressure on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, about how they can implement ways to prevent this fake news being shared on their platforms.
Similar to Snapchat, Facebook is now looking at adding a ‘Stories’ feature. This feature has already been introduced to the photo app, Instagram. In just the short time the feature has been available on Instagram, it is already being used by approximately 150 million people daily! With figures like this, it’s a no-brainer for Facebook to introduce it to the platform with its even bigger audience size. Could this be the start of the decline in Snapchat users?
The feature of broadcasting live video on Instagram has been available to a selected few for a short period of time, these selected few have mostly been celebrities with verified accounts. Instagram has now announced that it will be rolling out the feature to all of its users in the upcoming weeks. For users with bigger followings on Instagram in comparison to Facebook, this is big news as it will now let them connect with their audiences directly in the present moment.