1. Twitter Brings Breaking News
Tired of all of the monotonous news on your Twitter feed? Want to see news that actually interests you? Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that will notify you of breaking news based on your interests, the people you follow, and your tweets. Launching in the next few weeks, users will be able to get news even faster without leaving the Twitterverse.
2. Facebook Cutting Down Gun Ads
Facebook is trying to get back in their users’ good graces. With the growing support for gun control reform, Facebook is keeping the ‘safety on’ when it comes to gun advertisements, specifically for minors. Their goal is to prevent gun ads from targeting young users and restrict advertisements for gun accessories. Although they aren’t banning these ads completely, they are doing what they can to keep their users protected. In their blog post, Facebook stated,”Unlike posts from friends or Pages, ads receive paid distribution. This means we have an even higher standard for what is allowed and why we have chosen to limit weapons accessories to an adult-only audience.” In 2014, Facebook banned firearm and ammunition sales, but have been pressured to add more restrictions after the recent rise in mass shootings.
3. Instagram Climbing To The Top
Instagram’s IGTV has officially launched and day one was a big hit. Instagram sat back with their buttered popcorn and watched their monthly active users reach the 1 billion mark. Teens are tuning into Instagram and leaving Facebook in the dust. This could mean an even bigger increase in monthly users. The number of users reached 800 million in September 2017 and has only increased drastically. With new features constantly being pushed, surely Instagram has more tricks up their sleeve to reach the top.