Social media is always evolving, so it makes sense that new updates roll out each and every day. Here are a few important updates that have come to your favorite social media sites:
YOUTUBE’S CHILD CONTENT RULES
In November, YouTube rolled out new rules and regulations for creators who make content meant for children. For those specific creators, ads based on the user are shut off and video-related ads will be played.
The change comes as no surprise after several children’s videos have been found to include disturbing and damaging audio and video clips that don’t play until halfway through the video. This update will help keep children safe as they browse.
YOUTUBE’S BANNING AND LICENSING ISSUES
Unfortunately, several subscribers of the popular YouTube creator Markiplier got a surprise after using too many emotes during a livestream. The users had their accounts banned or removed, losing some of their content. Other YouTubers have found that many of the pieces of content in their reaction videos are getting purchased by third-party companies who then administer copyright claims and strikes for using content that they own. This has caused popular reaction channel Daz Games to create a video saying he will no longer react to content he doesn’t own.
FACEBOOK MOVES THE SCHEDULE POST OPTION
Many content creators were confused when they went to schedule a post on their fan page to find the option was no longer available. In actuality, Facebook had moved the option into the publishing tools tab.
Seemingly with no warning, the schedule post option was moved and creators were not informed. However, Facebook now displays a message that indicates how page managers can schedule posts using the publishing tools tab.
FACEBOOK REMOVES THE CHECK
In October, Facebook removed the “verified” check from all pages on the platform. After issues with data leaks and fake news, the social media site is taking no chances. A way to determine page authenticity is still reportedly in the works.
Facebook hopes that this new rule will cut down on the spread of false or manipulated information to make way for true information and reporting.
INSTAGRAM’S CREATE MODE
Instagram Stories have nearly taken over Snapchat’s reign on temporary pictures. However, the Facebook-owned picture sharing site has added a create mode on stories to bring even more customization to the platform.
To access this feature, click the icon to upload to your Instagram Story. Along the bottom, there is a tab called “create.” On that tab, users can type text onto colorful backgrounds, add a gif to their story using GIPHY, generate templates to interact with their followers, see a photo from their memories, ask a poll question, create a countdown, or make a quiz!
These options have the potential for unlimited fun. Go create something!
Those are some of the most popular features, updates, and news coming from your favorite social media sites. Be sure to check out announcements from these sites that are communicated through the platform or via email.
Communication degree in journalism, radio, and TV/multimedia. She has worked with local ESPN radio, the Associated Press, and admitopia.com. Gabrielle is an award-winning journalist, receiving a first place award in N.C.