Social Media News Roundup 1.11.18

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Facebook: MPs in new attempt to question Mark Zuckerberg

MPs are stepping up their campaign to get Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them to answer questions on data privacy and disinformation. (BBC)

Handshake, a LinkedIn for university students and diversity, raises $40M

Handshake, a platform for both students looking to take their early career steps and employers that want to reach them, has raised $40 million in a Series C round of funding, after hitting 14 million users in the U.S. across 700 universities, and 300,000 employers targeting them. (TechCrunch)

Twitter tests homescreen button to easily switch to reverse chronological

Twitter  is digging one of its most important new features out of its settings and putting it within easy reach. (TechCrunch)

Facebook tool to stop election scandals ‘easily tricked

Facebook’s tool to verify who is behind political advertising has been discredited after it approved a series of fake adverts “paid for by” Cambridge Analytica, Islamic State and every US senator. (Times)

Twitter expands its reporting options for spam tweets and accounts

Until now, Twitter's reporting process has offered limited options for you to let the company's staff know exactly why you're flagging iffy tweets. (Engaget)


GCHQ uses Instagram to 'open up world of espionage' to public

UK intelligence hub opens account on app that has become growing source of citizens’ metadata (Guardian)


Snapchat’s PR firm sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram

Influencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only sold 220,000 of v1 and had to take a $40 million write-off. (TechCrunch)

Formula E taps YouTube influencers for live streams

The list of influencers will be revealed across Formula E digital platforms ahead of each race and will be chosen in collaboration with Goat, the global influencer marketing agency which the series partnered with before the start of last season. (SportsPro)

Twitch CEO plots expansion beyond game streaming as Facebook and media companies enter the market

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video streaming service where viewers watch other people play video games, has outgrown its niche roots to the point that 1 million people on average are using it at any given time. (CNBC)



Stuart Hall