Social media news: Instagram & Facebook

Facebook’s global domination moves in a new direction; and rumours swirl about additions to Instagram’s Stories – all the Social Media news that’s fit to tweet

Facebook’s global domination moves in a new direction; and rumours swirl about additions to Instagram’s Stories – all the Social Media news that’s fit to tweet

Instagram wants more of your time

Just when you thought you couldn’t spend any on longer on Instagram; they roll out the option to view different categories on explore mode. Whether it’s keeping tabs on the most recent Love Island memes in the TV & Movies section, or perhaps re-watching Eric Dier’s crucial (and gorgeous) winning penalty against the Colombians in the sports section. If these basic categories aren’t quite right, complex ‘instarithms’ (ugh) create a ‘just for you’ category based on your viewing habits.

Facebook bug unblocks the blocked

Unbeknownst to the vast majority of us, our block lists suddenly cleared overnight. A Facebook bug meant that for 8 days that pesky ex came may have made an out-of-the-blue appearance on our suggested friends. Of course, with this issue, other factors do come into play. Bullying and harassment on Facebook is commonplace, so on a platform where the blocking tool is essential, this is quite the slip-up on Facebook’s part.

While the issue has been amended, it’s a poorly-timed problem, especially with all the privacy issues surrounding the company.

Facebook delves into Sports broadcasting

The next step for Facebook’s world domination: The social network company bought the rights to stream Premier league Football in South-East Asia. A deal worth around £200 million sees Facebook acquire these broadcast rights ahead of both BeIN sports and Fox Sports.

The Facebook 2036 World Cup anyone?

Instagram introduces open-ended questions

Instagram have already been making waves with their recent story features such as the yes/no polls and the emoji slider, but there’s a strong belief circulating that open-ended questions will be the latest thing to grace Instagram stories.

It’s not yet clear how the update will work or how you’d receive answers. Would they land in your inbox, e-mails, pigeon carrier? It’s up for debate! But what we do know is this latest feature will connect idols and followers alike.

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