Social Media News: Manage Shared Data on Instagram, Twitter Tests DM Reactions and Exempts World Leaders from Rules

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This week in social media news: Instagram gives more control to users over data shared with third party apps, Twitter tests DM reactions and Twitter shares policies for world leaders on Twitter (or lack thereof really).

Instagram rolls out feature to help manage data shared with third party apps

In a blog post on Tuesday, Instagram announced that they are rolling out a feature to help protect your data from third party apps. The feature will give users more control and management over what data third party apps can access.

Source: Instagram

Users will be able to manage their shared data by going to Settings > Security > Apps and Websites. Here you will see any apps or websites that have access to your Instagram data. If you no longer want to share the data with a particular app, just tap Remove and they will no longer have access.

Instagram also updated their authorization screen for when third party apps request you to share information. The screen will tell you exactly what data they are requesting and users will have the option to Cancel or Authorize.

Source: Instagram

Instagram says these features will be rolling out over the next six months.

Twitter tests DM reactions

According to reverse engineer, Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter is testing reactions in direct messages.

The reactions look almost exactly the same as Facebook reactions, except they are just for DM’s, not Tweets.

Twitter will restrict users from sharing when world leaders break the rules

In a Twitter post on Tuesday, the platform shared their stance on world leaders breaking Twitter rules. Basically Twitter says that even if a world leader violates part of their rules, if it’s in the publics’ interest, they won’t delete it. However, they might “place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation and allows people to click through should they wish to see the content.”

They will also restrict users from retweeting, liking, or commenting when a post from a world leader comes into question. They will still allow users to Retweet with a Comment so they can still express their opinions.

Source: Twitter

They did make it very clear though that world leaders are not entirely above the rules. Twitter wrote in a blog that any of the following will result in enforcement action (even if it’s from world leaders):

  • Promotion of terrorism 
  • Clear and direct threats of violence against an individual (context matters: as noted above, direct interactions with fellow public figures and/or commentary on political and foreign policy issues would likely not result in enforcement)
  • Posting private information, such as a home address or non-public personal phone number
  • Posting or sharing intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent
  • Engaging in behaviors relating to child sexual exploitation 
  • Encouraging or promoting self-harm

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Kyra Goodman

Kyra is a Junior Marketing Manager and "Spicy Meme Master" at Sked Social who loves to create content. Born and raised in Hawaii, her favorite things are traveling, yoga, beaching, coffee and baseball. Connect with her on twitter at @kyra_n_goodman.

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