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New UK laws tackle online abuse
In an attempt to tackle online abuse head-on, the UK Government is creating new laws to strengthen internet safety. More on this, including a ‘rapid response to Fake News’ unit, here.
New Snapchat mask responds to sounds
Make some noise if you’re bored of the endless stream of puppy dog ears on Snapchat. A new selfie mask carousel is being rolled out that responds to sounds in the environment. This is the latest in a string of updates the company has released since its unwelcomed re-design earlier in 2018.
Oh, and if the neon disco ears aren’t your style, additional filters are coming in the next few weeks. Find out more on this feature at Digital Trends.
Polls added to Messenger Stories
In a continued to push to get more users creating and consuming Facebook Stories, or Day, or whatever they call it now, Facebook have added Messenger Stories polls.
Just like with Instagram Stories, take a photo in the Messenger camera, then add a poll sticker. Just like with Instagram Stories, you can place it anywhere within your picture.
Twitter releases major events calendar
On social media, planning for what you can control is key. Twitter has recognized this and started releasing monthly calendars. Here’s the latest, for June.
These calendars are a big help for anyone who runs a brand’s social media account. Finally being able to see upcoming sponsored trends lets Social teams plan their activity around potentially relevant conversations.
Highlights for June include National Doughnut Day, E3 (I’ll be pulling an all-nighter for this one because, why not?), Cannes Lions and Social Media Day.