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Top 5 latest Digital & Social Media News in 5 minutes, to help your ministry stay on top of industry trends. 

This week, we have news about Sony, Meta, Google, Instagram, Truth Social.

🗞️ News 1: Instagram allows Reels crossposting on Facebook with remix & ads
Source: Instagram | Facebook

🗞️ News 2: Google launches Checks, a new privacy platform for app developers
Source: Google

🗞️ News 3: Meta showcases Builder Bot prototype simplifying ‘VR Worlds’ creation
Source: Meta | The Verge

🗞️ News 4: Donald Trump backed Truth Social tops download charts in app stores
Source: Reuters

🗞️ News 5: Sony releases PlayStation VR2 headset to compete with Meta’s Quest 2
Source: Sony

[News 1] Instagram allows Reels crossposting on Facebook with remix & ads

Instagram allows Reels crossposting on Facebook with remix & ads

Instagram chief announced last week that they are bringing cross-posting capability to Instagram Reels. You can take Instagram Reels and cross-post it to Facebook. This feature which was being tested in a few countries, now its available globally along with monetization options, editing tools, remix, placement in ads, etc. The most important thing for you as a Church or a Ministry to note is that when you produce Reels on Instagram or on Facebook you can now post it to the other platform. Considering that short-form video is now one of the top forms of content, I think this is a news that you definitely need to make a note of, and pass it on to your content creation team.

[News 2] Google launches Checks, a new privacy platform for app developers

Google launches Checks, a new privacy platform for app developers

Last week, Google announced the launch of Checks, a new platform or a tool that is developed under Google’s in-house Incubator program called Area 120, where they have tried to make the life of mobile app developers easier by giving them a platform that is focused on Privacy compliance. GDPR and all those Privacy related policies around the world are making things difficult for mobile app developers. They constantly wonder “what’s going wrong?”, “Am I in alignment with this Privacy policy?” so now Google says if you use this platform, which is now available for private beta, you can sign up for early access, and now that platform will give you alert, it will give you dashboards, it will give you insights into Privacy compliance issues. So it seems like a useful thing for the app development world.

[News 3] Meta showcases Builder Bot prototype simplifying ‘VR Worlds’ creation

Meta showcases Builder Bot prototype simplifying 'VR Worlds' creation

Last week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a demo of a prototype, a product called Builder Bot, which is designed to simplify the way you create a virtual world. The video was very interesting, where he goes and says, “Let’s go to the beach”, and the voice based artificial intelligence creates a beach in the virtual world. Then he’s like, “let’s create a cloud”. And then the cloud comes up. So basically with your voice commands, you can create a virtual world. Pretty interesting. There’s going to be a time when you probably say, “Okay, let us build our Church with this building, with these chairs, tables” etc., and the spoken word is going to trigger a machine-generated art that is going to create this virtual world for you. Pretty interesting.

[News 4] Donald Trump backed Truth Social tops download charts in app stores

Donald Trump backed Truth Social tops download charts in app stores

Last week, a new social media app on a platform called Truth Social was launched, which is backed by Donald Trump. In the day of launch, Reuters reported that the app was listed as the top free app on the App Stores. It was topping the charts. Leaving politics aside, I wanted to bring this to your notice to showcase a trend where social media seems to be a place where people want to express their opinions, they want to gather as a community as an online community. Even when somebody gets banned on the top social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, we see this trend of them going and starting a new venture, a new platform, a social media platform to express their voice, their messages, and to connect with the community. Something interesting for us to watch out for, as leaders of nonprofits and churches, for us to also think about this trend and the behavior of people, and the importance of social media.

Sony releases PlayStation VR2 headset to compete with Meta's Quest 2

Sony announced the release of PlayStation VR 2, virtual reality headsets from Sony, which is the next generation headset from Sony that is going to compete with, potentially, Meta and Facebook’s Quest 2 headset, which is now dominating the market. It is also rumored that Apple is coming up with a VR headset of its own. We will make sure that we track that news and let you know when that happens. But it’s very interesting to see how all the VR headset space is starting to get crowded with big players. When organizations like Sony and Apple and Facebook are involved, you can expect lots of development and improvement and progress in this space. So time for you to start thinking about virtual reality for your Church and your Ministry.

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