Top Social Media Stories of the Week

by Dougie Collier
by Dougie Collier

1. Instagram’s redesigned Explore tab is the newest social media time-sucker 

The app will rely on artificial intelligence to organize the new suggested content. It’s currently broken into 13 topics: For You, Sports, Science & Tech, Food, Humour, TV & Movies, Style, DIY, Travel, Nature, Art, Fitness, and Animals. 

Read more: Mashable 

2. NHS will ‘ramp up’ children’s mental health care to deal with social media fallout 

NHS Chief Executive has promised “a major ramp-up” of care using Theresa May’s £20 billion NHS funding boost – but said far more action was needed to investigate the “root causes” of distress among the young. 

Read more: Telegraph

3. What you should be looking at in potential hires’ social media posts 

70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, according to a survey conducted for CareerBuilder by Harris Poll. 

Read more: Entrepreneur 

4. Instagram’s Stories feature is now twice as big as Snapchat, with 400 million daily users 

On Thursday, Instagram announced that it now has 400 million daily active users of its Stories feature. That’s more than twice the number of people that visit Snapchat every day. 

Read more: Business Insider 

5. Twitter will show who pays for ads and how much they spend 

Twitter has said that it will show detailed information about advertisers on the social-media service, addressing concerns from lawmakers that the company let foreign meddlers run rampant during the U.S. presidential election. 

Read more: Bloomberg 

6. Facebook and Google use ‘dark patterns’ around privacy settings, report says 

Facebook, Google and Microsoft push users away from privacy-friendly options on their services in an “unethical” way, according to a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council. 

Read more: BBC 

7. You can now see all the ads Facebook is running globally 

Facebook is debuting a raft of new features aimed at bringing more transparency to advertising on the platform, in the wake of an ongoing scandal in which Russian trolls were able to purchase ads targeting the US electorate in the run-up to the 2016 election. 

Read more: Wired 

8. Why LinkedIn wants to make original journalism 

Having reached the point where more than a million posts, videos and articles are being shared on its platform every day, LinkedIn is now moving beyond merely hosting others’ work and is attempting to forge a surprising reputation of its own for original journalism. 

Read more: The Drum 

9. LinkedIn adds QR codes to make sharing your profile easier 

LinkedIn will now let you connect through QR codes. In the LinkedIn app, tap the QR code icon in the Home tab’s search bar, and there you’ll see a QR scanner as well as your own code. 

Read more: Engadget 

10. 72% of Americans Say Facebook and Twitter Actively Censor Political Views 

Fake news, Russian trolls, and other daily hazards of social media are not only affecting how many Americans have come to view the world, they seem to be affecting how they view social media itself.  

Read more: Fortune