Social Media Daily News Roundup 05.04.19
Todays social media news, curated by us, rounded up so you don’t have to go anywhere else!
🥑Facebook gets one step closer to building your virtual copy
🥑Facebook Is Paying a British Newspaper to Run Facebook-Friendly Sponsored Content
🥑More Than 65,000 People Sign Petition To Remove PewDiePie From YouTube
🥑Should Publishers Use Facebook's 'Breaking News' Label?
🥑TikTok to collaborate with Internet Matters to keep kids safe online
🥑SocialDay 2019 is CPD Certified for 6 points per day
When it comes to representing yourself on social media, who you actually portray yourself as has always been a bit of a caricature. That thinking has always made it a little interesting to examine how a company like Facebook approaches avatar design for services like their VR avatar system.
Facebook is paying British newspaper the Daily Telegraph to run a series of sponsored articles called “Being human in the information age” defending it against claims it is encouraging the spread of misinformation, aiding in the spread of hate speech, violating privacy, and generally ruining society in myriad other ways, Business Insider reported on Wednesday.
Over the last year, Facebook has been slowly rolling out its 'Breaking News' tag to publishers, giving them another way to boost awareness of their latest content in the News Feed.
The Breaking News tag is designed to give publishers a tool to clearly differentiate breaking news posts from less time-sensitive editorial content. The feature was originally announced in March 2018, but has since been expanded to several regions.
Mobile video platform TikTok has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters to underscore its commitment to internet safety.
One of a number of initiatives, the pairing will see both companies work in tandem to educate families on the importance of digital wellbeing, online safety and peer pressure.
TikTok already offers a variety of in-app tools such as the ability to disable or restrict comments and an option to report inappropriate content to enable users to self-police.
However, the app has come under fire in recent months having been hit with a $5.7m fine over 'disturbing' child privacy failings.
Streamlabs is making its way by becoming an indispensable resource for streamers. And today the company is launching Face Masks, a new extension for Twitch viewers that enables streamers to entertain viewers with animated expressions.
Face Masks are a kind of Twitch Extension that let streamers create emotes using animated 3D models that serve as augmented reality overlays on the streamers. These emoji-like expressions can entertain viewers and serve as perks for channel subscribers. It is one of a number of things that Streamlabs is doing to help streamers monetize their audiences.
A petition to remove PewDiePie from YouTube has received more than 65,000 signatures.
Before we go on, an explanation for anybody over the age of 18 - PewDiePie is the made up name of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, a Swedish guy who films himself playing games and just generally messing about.
Anyway, his YouTube channel has 92,752,913 subscribers. As such, the petition signers are vastly outnumbered and their autographs will almost certainly amount to nothing, but still, their cause is a notable one.
Maria Ruiz started the petition, citing the 29-year-old's 'normalisation of white supremacy' as the reason why he should be removed from the platform.