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.

This week we look at news items related to Facebook, Google, FaceApp and Instagram.

Top 5 Digital & Social Media News

News #1 – Facebook is testing fundraising tools in groups.

News 1 - Facebook is testing fundraising tools in groups

Facebook seems to be testing fundraising tools within Facebook groups. Facebook groups are already helping a lot of nonprofits bring people together, build a community, and build support for a particular cause.

Now, adding fundraising tools to a Facebook group is going to be very helpful for nonprofits.

The features that are being tested are:

  • Create Fundraisers – Admins being able to create fundraisers and group members adding fundraisers.
  • Groups Donate Button – Admins can add a donate button to posts and members can find the donate button in a new fundraising tab.

Seems like very good features, which can be very helpful. So watch out for it. Once it is launched, after the testing period, you might be able to use it.

News #2 – Instagram makes changes to its ‘Account Disable’ policy.

News 2 - Instagram makes changes to its ‘Account Disable’ policy

Instagram announced last week that they are making changes to their ‘Account Disable’ policy.

Now Instagram will make a notification appear to the user before disabling their account.

It’s almost like a warning. They will say you are at risk of being disabled because of this post.

And it’ll also give the user the facility to appeal against disabling that, or deleting that particular post so that it gives them a chance to explain themselves.

News #3 – Google releases details about how they map the world.

News 3 - Google releases details about how they map the world

Last week, director of engineering from the Google Maps team released an article outlining how Google Maps functions, on how they actually map the earth.

It was called Google Maps 101. And it was a very interesting article.

I found it very interesting because many of us use Google Maps on a daily basis. Sometimes you wonder how does Google know all these nooks and corners and little lanes and so on. Have you ever wondered?

And this is the first time I’m reading such a detailed report officially from Google on how they go about doing it.

News #4 – Research Paper on data leaks and privacy risks on pornography websites.

News 4 - Pic 1 - Research Paper on data leaks and privacy risks on pornography websites
News 4 - Pic 2 - Research Paper on data leaks and privacy risks on pornography websites

Last week, a research paper was released by three researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft research team.

The report abstract says, “…our analysis of 22,484 pornography websites indicated that 93% leak user data to a third party…”, the report goes on to say that even if people use an incognito or a privacy mode on browsers, it still doesn’t help to protect their privacy.

I thought this is important news to bring to your notice because I know as church leaders and as nonprofit leaders, many of you are involved with giving inputs related to this area, to your congregation, to your members.

And some of you may be involved in counseling.

I know there are many nonprofits who actually work in this space.

This report has a lot of information about this and a lot of data and research findings. Do check it out (click the source link above)

News #5 – FaceApp related privacy concerns that you should be aware of.

News 5 - Pic 1 - FaceApp Privacy Concern
News 5 - Pic 2 - FaceApp Privacy Concern

FaceApp was in the news last week because it completely took over social media with allowing people to take a selfie of themselves and then A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) would convert that selfie into an older version, like how they would be (look) when they are 50 years or 80 years old.

Many people use it, but quickly people realized that this was also a big concern for their privacy, because the terms of the app said the company can use the photo for pretty much anything.

I got a lot of questions from people about what does it mean, what kind of privacy was lost and so on.

So I am linking (above) to 2 good articles about what privacy concerns this poses.

You can take a look and understand it so that you can help others, and as a leader, you are fully aware of what happened.

That’s all we have for you this week. Thank you for spending your time with us.

Have a wonderful week!

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We will bring you a fresh set of the latest Social Media news for you next week.

Until then, Stay Connected. Stay Blessed.

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