Social Media News: Twitter Bans Political Ads, Facebook News Tab, Instagram Bans Fictional Self Harm

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Another crazy week in the social media sphere! Twitter bans political ads, Facebooks launches News tab, Instagram bans fictional representations of suicide and self harm, people have been seeing an influx of ads on Twitter.

Another crazy week in the social media sphere! Twitter bans political ads, Facebook launches the News tab and digital healthcare features, and Instagram bans fictional representations of suicide and self harm.

Twitter bans political ads

Twitter announced that they will no longer allow political advertising on the platform. In a post from Twitter C.E.O Jack Dorsey, he said:

Jack Dorsey Twitter post

Dorsey continued a thread of ten Tweets explaining the reasons behind the move. The official policy is supposed to be released in mid-November.

This comes as the complete opposite of Facebook’s stance on political ads as they have continuously said they won’t even ban ads that contain false information.

Of course this raises the question of censorship and what social media should and shouldn’t allow on their platforms. It will be interesting to see how things progress with the biggest social media platforms all on different pages with this topic.

Facebook News tab is rolling out in the United States

Facebook Newsroom announced that they will be testing Facebook News to a subset of people in the United States.

Facebook News tab
Source: The Verge

According to The Verge, users will see articles from publications like TheWall Street Journal, USA Today, and BuzzFeed covering general, topical, diverse and local news. Some of the publishers will be paid for their work, but others will not.

Here of some of the features that users will see from their News tab:

  • Today’s Stories chosen by a team of journalists to catch you up on the news throughout the day 
  • Personalization based on the news you read, share and follow, so you can find new interests and topics and Facebook News is fresh and interesting every time you open it
  • Topic sections to dive deeper into business, entertainment, health, science & tech, and sports
  • Your Subscriptions, a section for people who have linked their paid news subscriptions to their Facebook account
  • Controls to hide articles, topics and publishers you don’t want to see 

Instagram will ban fictional depictions of self-harm and suicide

Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri took to Twitter this week to announce a new policy for depictions of self-harm and suicide on the platform.

Adam Mosseri Twitter post about ban on fictional self harm posts.
Source: Adam Mosseri

In his statement posted to Twitter, Mosseri says that nothing is more important than the safety of Instagram’s users. Instagram has had policies in place to prohibit these topics, but just added this:

“We will no longer allow fictional depictions of self-harm or suicide on Instagram, such as drawings or memes or content from films or comics that use graphic imagery.”

Adam Mosseri

Facebook is getting into personal digital healthcare tools

According to TechCrunch, Facebook has launched its first feature to get into personal healthcare tools. Facebook’s “Preventative Health” will encourage users to get regular check ups and help them find service providers.

Facebook's digital healthcare tools
Source: TechCrunch

Facebook’s initial focus will be on heart disease, cancer and the flu prompting users to check their blood pressure and get checked regularly.

Preventative Health can connect users to local healthcare providers, show where they can get a flu shot, set reminders to schedule tests and mark off when tests are complete. Facebook won’t actually get any of your test results back.

Hashtag Holidays

Wow Spooky Season is officially over! But that doesn’t mean we’re done with the fun hashtag holidays! This month is full of delicious #s that are great for joining a larger conversation! Here’s some for this upcoming week:

  • November 1 – #WorldVeganDay
  • November 3 – #NationalSandwichDay
  • November 4 – #NationalCandyDay

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