Social media is a fluid technology — nearly every day, the major social media networks are announcing a big change, coming under fire for the latest controversy or moving forward in smaller ways. Social Feed is a collection of those smaller changes that you may have missed with this week’s biggest news — like more data nightmares (and another and another) for Facebook and custom masks inside Snapchat’s Lens Studio. Find Social Feed every weekend for the latest social news tidbits.
Pinterest glams up business profiles with dynamic covers, new stats
Pinterest is a platform for finding ideas — and now when users visit a business profile, they’ll be greeted by a header made up of the top posts. On Tuesday, April 17, Pinterest began rolling out new profile pages for businesses, along with new insights.
Business profiles are now capped by a dynamic header made up of highlighted pins. Businesses can choose what images automatically appear in that header, including options on displaying the latest pins, a specific board or the most recent activity. The images from those pins then make up the new header image, though the header doesn’t appear to be interactive.
The new header graphics are followed by a stat even followers can see — the number of monthly viewers. The stat tallies up the number of users that saw pins over the last 30 days, Pinterest says.
The change comes after Pinterest launched a new feed called the Following Tab that includes only pins from followed users. Pinterest says this new feed also includes tools to help find new boards and pinners to follow, which in turn helps businesses on Pinterest find new followers.
YouTube addresses creator complaints — but some ads are still slipping through
On Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki updated the creator community, responding to complaints from users after monetization saw stricter guidelines earlier this year. Wokcicki shared tests for tools that allow users to classify their video to help speed up the process of getting a video ad-approved, while sharing that the company also began testing sponsorship options earlier this year. The CEO also shared data on how tools are improving on the platform — including increasing replies by 600 percent to creators.
While YouTube says the new guidelines are helping keep more ads from controversial videos, a report by CNN suggests that ads are (still) being placed inside videos with conspiracy theories, propaganda and others, including ads from government organizations and large companies such as Amazon and Adidas. In a statement, YouTube says that ads appearing in such content are immediately removed and that the company is committed to “getting this right.”
Facebook adds independent music labels to agreements too
Earlier this year, Facebook signed agreements with several major labels to allow users to legally share content with songs from that label. Now,
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Facebook tests ‘live’ movie premieres, playable game ads, high school networks
Premiere is only one of the
Another report suggests that Messenger is testing a high school network, a platform that would let students chat with others in the same school. Screenshots show Messenger allowing users to choose a school in order to see classmates inside the messaging app.
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