Social Media News Roundup 02.07.19

We’re back! The social media (Almost daily) news roundup took a little break whilst we recovered from the big SocialDay Social Media Fest that happened on the beginning of May. Here’s a round up of todays top news stories that you might want to know about! Thanks for sticking with us.

Your top stories:

  • Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike

  • The Church of England has some ideas on how to improve social media

  • TweetDeck is back online after Monday outage

  • Facebook had to invent a totally new programming language, Move, for its Libra cryptocurrency project because no other language was up to the task

  • Facebook buildings evacuated in alert over deadly nerve agent

  • First round of judges announced for the social media marketing awards.

  • What is it really like to be a social media manager?

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Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike - BBC

People are being urged to stop using social media for up to 48 hours later this week in an effort to pressure the networks into restoring control of personal data to users.

The call to strike has been issued by Dr Larry Sanger - a co-founder of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia.

The Church of England has some ideas on how to improve social media - CNN

London (CNN Business)The Church of England has launched its first set of guidelines for social media, designed to make online platforms happier places.

The aim is to tackle online abuse and misleading content as well as making for a more positive atmosphere online, according to a press release.

Social media has "many joys" but also "a number of downsides," said the church. The guidelines include calls to "treat others how you would wish to be treated" and "think before you post."

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, unveiled the guidelines at Facebook's UK headquarters on Monday.

TweetDeck is back online after Monday outage - CNET

Twitter says its dashboard TweetDeck is back online after a brief outage Monday.

"We are aware that some people are having issues with loading TweetDeck. Our team is working to resolve the issue, and we'll share more updates on this thread!" TweetDeck noted at 11:53 a.m PT. 

As of 12:22 p.m. PT, TweetDeck said it was back online. "We apologize for the disruption and thanks for your patience," it said on Twitter.

Earlier Monday, Twitter was flooded with complaints that TweetDeck was down.

Facebook buildings evacuated in alert over deadly nerve agent - Independent

Four buildings at Facebook’s postal centre in Silicon Valley had to be evacuated after a package tested positive for the presence of a deadly nerve agent.

Two people were assessed by medical experts for exposure to sarin when the alarm was raised following a routine check on an incoming parcel.

The social media firm's Menlo Park site was placed under quarantine at 11am local time (7pm BST) on Monday morning.

Three of the buildings were later cleared for people to return, and reports said that a subsequent test on the suspect package had indicated the initial result may have been a false positive.

Facebook had to invent a totally new programming language, Move, for its Libra cryptocurrency project because no other language was up to the task - Business Insider

Last week, Facebook announced a brand new cryptocurrency of its own called Libra — an initiative that has already drawn the attention of Silicon Valley, government officials, and even astrologists.

Less noticed was the fact that Facebook also launched a new programming language to use with Libra, called Move. 

First round of judges announced for the social media marketing awards.

This years social media marketing awards welcomes incredible judges including the Managing Director of Snapchat - Ed Couchman, The worlds leading social media consultant - Matt Navarra, Community Leadership Strategist and founder of Amsterdam Mamas - Emmy McCarthy, Daniel Collins - award winning media, social and content strategist and Beckii Flint - Co-Founder of Pepper Studio and social media Influencer. The awards are now open for entry and nomination with the event taking place at Cafe De Paris on the 14th October in London.

What is it really like to be a social media manager?

SocialDay Co-founder Lucy demonstrates what it’s really like to be a social media manager.

Lucy Hall