Social Media News Roundup 5.10.18

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Unilad viral publisher goes into administration

The firm that owns viral news website Unilad has gone into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. Bentley Harrington has debts of £6.5m, including owing £1.5m to the UK taxman. (BBC)

Instagram’s Nametag feature makes it easier to follow people you meet IRL

Instagram is rolling out a new way to quickly follow people you’ve met in real life. Called Nametag, the feature works by showing your username on your phone in a format that allows it to be scanned by your soon-to-be follower. (The Verge)

More than 250 people have died taking dangerous selfies for social media 'likes', report finds

More than 250 people worldwide have died while taking dangerous selfies in their quest for social media “likes”, a study has found. (Evening Standard)


Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

This is sure to exacerbate fears that Facebook  will further exploit Instagram now that its founders have resigned. Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. (Techcrunch)


9 highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6000-word leaked memo on survival

Adults, not teens. Messaging, not Stories. Developing markets, not the US. These are how Snapchat will make a comeback, according to CEO Evan Spiegel . In a 6,000-word internal memo from late September leaked to Cheddar’s Alex Heath, (TechCrunch)

Facebook will now make you wait one month before deleting your account

Facebook has doubled the length of time it makes users wait before deleting their accounts, from 14 to 30 days. (Telegraph)

‘Venom’ Selfie AR Lens for Snapchat, Featuring Eminem Track, Transforms You Into the Marvel Antihero

Sony Pictures has bought a sponsored Snapchat augmented-reality lens for “Venom” — giving fans the ability to inhabit the title character, complete with Venom’s unsettling, deep-timbred voice. (Variety)

'It's all fake': A former member of Jake Paul's gang reveals Paul's violent, aggressive stunts are hoaxes

Nick Compton, a former member of Jake Paul's creative collective Team 10, said many of the YouTube star's pranks are fake. (Insider)

Stuart Hall