Social Media Daily News Roundup 04.07.19

Todays social media news rounded up in one place so you don’t have to go anywhere else!

🌴Facebook resolves day-long outages across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger

🌴Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos

🌴Libra: US Congress asks Facebook to pause development

🌴'We're anti-influencer': Ice cream truck makes Instagram 'stars' pay double

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Facebook resolves day-long outages across Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger - The Verge

The issue caused some images and features to break across all of Facebook’s apps.

Facebook had problems loading images, videos, and other data across its apps today, leaving some people unable to load photos in the Facebook News Feed, view stories on Instagram, or send messages in WhatsApp. Facebook said earlier today it was aware of the issues and was “working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” It blamed the outage on an error that was triggered during a “routine maintenance operation.”

Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos - The Verge

Everyone knows the bit in The Matrix when Neo achieves digital messiah status and suddenly sees “reality” for what it really is: lines of trailing green code.

Well, thanks to an outage currently affecting Facebook, users of the social network have been given a similar peek behind the digital curtain, with many images on the site now replaced with the tags they’ve been assigned by the company’s machine vision systems.

So if you browse through your uploaded photos, instead of seeing holiday snaps or pictures of food and friends, you’ll be shown text saying things like “image may contain: people smiling, people dancing, wedding and indoor” or just “image may contain: cat.”

In short: this is how your life looks to a computer. This is how Facebook’s AI is judging you. Do you feel ashamed before the all-seeing digital eye?!

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'We're anti-influencer': Ice cream truck makes Instagram 'stars' pay double - the Guardian

Customers at Joe Nicchi’s ice cream truck have increasingly had the same demand: give us your ice cream for free.

CVT Soft Serve, a popular truck in Los Angeles, has started to receive weekly requests from self-proclaimed Instagram “influencers” who promise to post a photo of Nicchi’s ice cream – if they don’t have to pay. Nicchi has always said no, but this week he found an unusual way to profit off of the influencers: he publicly told them to go away.

Libra: US Congress asks Facebook to pause development - The Guardian

The US Congress has asked Facebook to pause development on its Libracryptocurrency until lawmakers have had more time to investigate the ramifications of the company’s actions.

In a letter from the Democratic heads of the house committee on financial services and its subcommittees, the legislators ask the company to “immediately cease implementation plans”.

Enter the social media marketing awards! Deadline 31st August.

Lucy Hall