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Hello! Welcome to this week’s edition of the Digital and Social Media News for Leaders of Nonprofits, Churches, Ministries and Faith-driven Entrepreneurs.
We know you are busy. And we know that most of you don’t have the time to search the big world wide web for the current news that is relevant to you.
That is why each week we bring you the Top 5 Digital and Social Media News that you need to know for this week and present it to you in a short video format.
This week we look at news items related to Apple, LinkedIn, TikTok, Amazon, Facebook and Instagram.
📰 Top 5 Digital & Social Media News
🗞️ News #1 – US Senators have called for an investigation into TikTok
US senators have called for an investigation into TikTok.
The social media app is owned by a Chinese company, Bytedance and it is the first international social media platform to build such a big audience base within the United States. It has been downloaded more than 110 million times since 2017.
The US senators have sent a letter to the intelligence officials asking them to investigate whether TikTok poses national security risks. And they have also questioned whether TikTok censors the content that is available on its platform
🗞️ News #2 – Instagram is testing ‘Follower Grouping’
Instagram seems to be testing a new feature in which you will soon be able to group people that you are following, based on different categories. Some of them seem to be very useful.
For example, you can filter and group people who you’ve had the least interaction with. That way if you’re following a hundred people and you only interacted with 10 of them, then you can rethink whether you want to follow the others or not.
You can also group people by seeing who’s news you have seen the most in your newsfeed, in the last 90 days. It’s something that’ll help you organize your following, but it’ll also, in the back end, this will also tell Instagram, what kind of stories you are interested in, what kind of stories that you are more likely to see.
Suppose you unfollow certain people, then Instagram will know that those are the kinds of profiles that you don’t want to be following, or you’re not interested in
🗞️ News #3 – Selling social media followers is not just bad practice, it is illegal
Last week, Federal Trade Commission has fined a businessman millions of dollars over the sale of fake indicators of social media influence, including social media reviews.
Earlier there was a similar case where a company had sold social media fake followers and likes. Between these two cases, that is a clear trend that buying or selling fake followers and fake reviews to influence people in a wrong way is not only a social media bad practice, but it’s also going to be illegal.
Just to give you another view, there are many discussions around the world, including countries like India, where social media regulations are becoming a part of political discussion and discussions in Supreme courts. So as countries begin to regulate social media, cases like this indicate what kind of regulations we could expect in the days to come.
🗞️ News #4 – Apple TV app is now available on Amazon Fire TV Sticks
Last week, Amazon Fire TV blog announced that Apple TV is now available in all Amazon Fire TV Stick devices.
Which means if you own an Amazon Fire TV device that is connected to your television, you will now be able to access all the content that you previously purchased in Apple ecosystem, which includes movies and television shows and music and everything that you have purchased. All you have to do is download the app and you can watch the content on your television using Amazon’s device.
It’s a very interesting trend that is going on within the digital television distribution system. Earlier, Amazon had resolved its conflicts with Google and now they have sorted everything with Apple and they’ve got Apple on board.
So if you have Amazon stick, you could watch Netflix, you can watch Amazon Prime Videos, you can watch HotStar, you can watch Apple TV. So basically Amazon is getting everything on to its platform.
🗞️ News #5 – Facebook releases Preventive Health tools and resources
Last week, Facebook released details about healthcare tools within Facebook. One of the tools is called ‘Preventive Healthcare’ tool, which alerts you about checkups, health checkups and reminders. And it also gives you useful information like nearby locations where you can visit a healthcenter and get flu shots, and also about pharmacies.
Facebook is starting to bring in healthcare related information trying to make it as social as possible.
One of the announcements in that news item that I really liked is about blood donations. One of the things that you could do is register yourself as a donor for a particular type of blood group. And if there is a requirement nearby, Facebook will send you a notification.
Now that sounds like a really good use case for a social media platform. I will link to it in the show notes, check it out.
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