Social Media Daily News Roundup 19.01.19

Here’s your daily social media news rounded up in one place so you don’t have to go anywhere else. Instagram goes down, facebook and Google strangling digital offspring, facebook usage dips for children but is up for instagram, facebook pledges to do more on self harm, how Twitter is cleaning up Twitter for publishers.

Instagram down: Social media app crashes with huge outage affecting users across the world

Instagram last night crashed for users across the world. Those using the app in North America were the worst hit, but some in the UK were also affected.

How google and facebook are slowly strangling their digital offspring

If you live by Google and Facebook, you die by them. The loss of 1,000 mostly digital news jobs last week made that clear. The long death rattle of the newspaper industry is now being heard at digital news companies that only a few years ago were the shiny new stars of journalism.

Facebook's popularity dips with UK children, says Ofcom

It has published its annual report looking at the types of services and devices children in the UK are using.Its report suggests 72% of 12- to 15-year-olds with a social media account use Facebook, down from 74% in 2017.But Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, gained popularity. In 2018, 23% named it as their main social network, up from 14% in 2017.

Facebook pledges to do more on self-harm

New Facebook vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has told the BBC the firm will do "whatever it takes" to make its social media platforms safer for young people.

Facebook blocks third-party tools that collect information on political ads

Facebook has moved to block third-party ad transparency tools used by nonprofits and news organizations, although the company claims its efforts are aimed at preventing malicious actors from scraping user data and not intended to punish critical reporting on its platform. 

How Twitter Is Cleaning Up Twitter—for Publishers

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a crisis of trust in media. Fake news issues aside, publishers are angry with and distrustful of tech platforms for making major changes that upended the entire digital media industry. 

Intimate conversation between YouTube creator and fan is the best insight into fandom

It’s easy to underestimate just how important YouTube creators are to their biggest fans, but sometimes the power of watching a video is enough to stifle a panic attack.

T-Series closes in on PewDiePie's YouTube subscriber record

Two YouTube titans are slugging it out to be No. 1, but PewDiePie continues to hold on.

Lucy Hall