Social media has been abuzz this week with, well, social media news! Here are four social headlines you might have missed this week:
1. Mark Zuckerberg under fire for Facebook’s latest data controversy
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced criticism again this week for a data breach involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that, according to the New York Times, has links to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In a report published last week, the Times said “the breach allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump’s campaign in 2016.”
In a statement posted to his Facebook page Wednesday, Zuckerberg chronicled the timeline of events that eventually lead to the data breach and promised to “do what it takes to protect” the Facebook community. In response to this latest controversy, #DeleteFacebook started trending on Twitter and people began deleting their profiles immediately.
2. Instagram announces new changes to post feed
Instagram announced new updates that will “give you more control over your feed.” In a statement released Thursday, the social media giant said it was “testing a ‘new posts’ button” that will let you choose when you want to refresh your feed, instead of the refresh happening routinely. The platform says it is also making modifications that will allow you to see newer posts first in your feed—a change they say will ensure “you won’t miss the moments you care about.”
3. YouTube launches simple live-streaming capabilities
YouTube announced a new, easier way to go live on the platform that doesn’t involve any high-tech equipment. In a statement posted to their blog Tuesday, the video behemoth said they are striving to make the streaming process from a desktop “as easy as a couple of clicks” with just a webcam. The company also announced that they will have live stream capabilities available directly on mobile in a few months too.
4. LinkedIn introduces ‘Ask for a Referral’ function
LinkedIn is again making it easier for users to apply for—and land—new jobs. On Tuesday, the network announced on their blog that it is rolling out an “Ask for a Referral” button. The tool allows users to ask their connections to refer them for positions at companies the connection already works at. The easy-to-use button lets a LinkedIn user write their connection a personalized message and even suggests some best practices for obtaining the referral.
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