A round-up of the latest social media news from around the globe:
New WhatsApp Group Privacy Settings
WhatsApp is being updated with new group privacy and invite features. Users can now choose who can add them to groups. They will get invites to join a group that will expire in three days.
You’ll soon be able to decide who can add you to a group text with these three options: Nobody, My Contacts or Everybody. This feature will most likely be enabled as the default, but if you want to double check you can find whether it’s active or not under Settings>Account>Privacy section on your app.
Facebook May Add a News Tab
Mark Zuckerberg has said that he may add a dedicated tab for “high-quality news” to Facebook, possibly by the end of 2019. The section would reportedly be free for users, though Facebook might pay publishers whose work is featured. Zuckerberg talked about the idea in a conversation with Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner, as part of his goal this year to hold discussions about the future of technology in society.
“We talked about the role quality journalism plays in building informed communities and the principles Facebook should use for building a news tab to surface more high quality news, including the business model and ecosystem to support it”, Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.
It is thought that the Facebook news tab will function like the ‘watch’ tab, a dedicated place for videos. Facebook had also tested an ‘Explore’ feed where the posts from family and friends were separated from the ones from the pages. The feature was shut down after a lukewarm response from users which showed that people don’t want two separate feeds.
Twitter Limits Number of Accounts that can be Followed per Day
To cut down on spammers and to help in the fight against bot accounts, Twitter is cutting the number of accounts you can follow in a day, from 1,000 per day to just 400. The company stated: “We looked at follow behaviour at various thresholds, and selected 400 as a reasonable limit.”
In the past few months, Twitter has been focused on updating its spam reporting tools and has recently introduced new security measures for verification/sign-up.