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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 news.
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.
Top 5 Digital & Social Media News 📰
🗞️ News #1 – Facebook Dating is officially released in the US.
Last week, Facebook officially released Facebook Dating, starting with the US.
Now people can create dating profiles using basic Facebook information. The website also says people will have the ability to integrate their Instagram posts directly into their Facebook dating profile, and they will also give people the ability to add Instagram followers to their ‘secret crush’ lists, in addition to Facebook friends.
So you can choose Facebook friends or Instagram followers and add them to the ‘secret crush’ list. That is how it will function.
Now, it is one thing to have a standalone dating app, but when somebody like Facebook enters this space, then the dynamics are different because they have billions of users.
I wanted to bring this to your notice because I know there are many nonprofits and ministries that are listening to me, who are in the space of family, relationship, counseling, etc.
This is something that you want to make a note of and understand. Go through the details from Facebook and understand this, so that you can minister to people in a more meaningful way.
🗞️ News #2 – US to collect social media usernames from visa applicants.
Our next news is about ‘social media usernames’ becoming a requirement for immigration and visa applications to the US.
Last week CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security plans to begin requesting social media information on applications for immigration benefits, and foreign travel to the US.
Earlier there was an announcement in June, that this is going to become part of the application form.
So the data collection is already taking place. This announcement is about the expansion of that data collection process.
It is important as leaders for you and me to understand that social media posts are not just expressing your opinion, but they are starting to have bigger implications in the society.
🗞️ News #3 – YouTube launches a dedicated hub for the fashion industry.
Last week, YouTube announced the release of ‘YouTube Fashion’, which is YouTube’s section (or hub) which will be dedicated to the big names in the fashion industry, and have videos related to the fashion industry.
This is a very interesting trend because, for the first time, YouTube is going towards the direction of taking one subject, or a topic, or an area of interest, or an industry and trying to create a section (or hub) within YouTube that focuses on this particular topic.
This is an interesting trend because this goes on to show the way forward. The way in which media will be segregated in future. Because YouTube is already watched on so many televisions. And people are moving towards going to a particular section of YouTube and watching all videos related to that topic.
So you may want to think about your area of expertise, or the area in which you operate as an organization, and see in future, if there is going to be content aggregation or grouping that is going to happen on digital media, for your area of work.
🗞️ News #4 – WHO partners with Facebook to stop inaccurate vaccine information.
The World Health Organization, WHO announced last week that it is partnering with Facebook to stop the spread of inaccurate information about vaccines.
And WHO says that inaccurate information is a ‘major threat to global health that could reverse decades of progress’ made in tackling preventable diseases.
The WHO announcement said that Facebook and Instagram will direct users searching for vaccine data to WHO’s official website and research so that it can arrest any misinformation.
🗞️ News #5 – Apple launches a new web app for Apple Music.
Last week, Apple announced the launch of an all-new web app for Apple Music, which means you don’t have to depend on your iTunes anymore for listening to Apple music.
Any Apple user can visit a browser and have all the functionalities that they experience on desktop and mobile app without having to install anything.
Partly the change is because of Spotify, which offers this experience already. So Apple has to catch up fast!
That’s all we have for you this week. Thank you for spending your time with us.
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