Social Media Daily News Roundup 09.07.19

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🍃Instagram will test a feature that allows users to shadow ban their bullies

🍃 LinkedIn and the art of boastful self-promotion

🍃 Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up

🍃 What brands can learn from the new AI social media disruptor

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Instagram will test a feature that allows users to shadow ban their bullies - The Verge

Instagram’s next big fix for online bullying is coming in the form of artificial intelligence-flagged comments and the ability for users to restrict accounts from publicly commenting on their posts.

The team is launching a test soon that’ll give users the power to essentially “shadow ban” a user from their account, meaning the account holder can “restrict” another user, which makes their comments visible only to themselves. It also hides when the account holder is active on Instagram or when they’re read a direct message.

LinkedIn and the art of boastful self-promotion - FT

Harry Barnes runs a Twitter account called The State of LinkedIn with more than 100,000 followers. On it, he tweets a curated selection of the most egotistical, self-unaware, jargon-ridden posts from LinkedIn members. Recent gems range from the boastful “You call it luck, I call it 80 hours a week”, to the baffling “How easy is it to hire me? I interviewed myself”, as well as the awful-wonderful morning routine which begins “I wake up. Instantly. From the fogginess of dreams, to the readiness of full consciousness . . . ”

Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up - Wired

SEVERAL DECADES INTO the age of digital media, the ability to leave one’s childhood and adolescent years behind is now imperiled. Although exact numbers are hard to come by, it is evident that a majority of young people with access to mobile phones take and circulate selfies on a daily basis. There is also growing evidence that selfies are not simply a tween and teen obses­sion. Toddlers enjoy taking selfies, too, and whether intentionally or unintentionally, have even managed to put their images into circula­tion. What is the cost of this excessive documentation? More spe­cifically, what does it mean to come of age in an era when images of childhood and adolescence, and even the social networks formed during this fleeting period of life, are so easily preserved and may stubbornly persist with or without one’s intention or desire? Can one ever transcend one’s youth if it remains perpetually present?

What brands can learn from the new AI social media disruptor - Campaign

Welcome to New Life AI – a new social media platform for creatives that shares the "capital of data" by paying contributors in cryptocurrency. Simply put, the more users curate and create content and vote on community posts, the more "newpoints" they gain that can then be converted into the digital currency "new coin", a blockchain that works a bit like Bitcoin. 

And on this aesthetically driven platform, there are no "likes" and no "follows". Instead, the longer you hold down on a picture, the higher up it will appear in feeds. So far, so utopian. But if this is the social media disruptor we've all been waiting for, what can brands learn from it?   

Lucy Hall