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media update Christine Gerber sheds light on July’s top social media stories and why they’re still hot.

Instagram question stickers

The news: Instagram recently launched Question Stickers, a feature that lets you attach questions to your Instagram stories.

Once you’ve posted your question sticker from your sticker tray, there’s no limit to the number of answers your friends are allowed to give in response.

Basically, you can have full conversations on your Instagram story for all your followers to see. To start a conversation, all your friends have to do is tap the question and type their answer.

Image from Instagram blog

Why it always makes headlines: Many users originally thought that the answers they sent to question stickers would be anonymous – they weren’t. How clumsy…

Tiffany Kelly at The daily point said that the sticker design might be to blame.

“When you ‘type something’, this reply is sent [directly] to the person who posted the sticker. Most people initially thought their responses would be posted anonymously on Instagram Stories, but they quickly found out that wasn’t the case.

“Although responses will not be shared publicly, the person who posted the sticker will receive [the responses] in their regular notifications tab.

Image from The daily point

The confusion could come from Instagram’s original blog featuring Question Stickerswhere the social platform said, “While you can see who submitted each reply in your viewers list when it’s private, when you share that reply to your story, your friend will not be shown.”

Facebook Snooze feature

The news: Facebook recently announced the addition of its new “Snooze” feature to its newsfeed controls, which attempts to prevent you from seeing spoilers in the near future.

All you need to do is select the drop-down arrow next to the “Post” button and click the “Repeat” option when composing your next post. Facebook will automatically detect the keywords from the text of your post (you can then select and choose the right ones). From then on, all future messages containing the selected keywords will be hidden from you for up to 30 days.

Why it always makes headlines: Scientific alert Seamus Byrne noted some “flaws” of the feature film, which he pointed out in his article, Blocking spoilers from your Facebook News Feed is officially in the works.

Notably, a few of the flaws he mentioned include:

1. The flaw in the keyword function: This flaw is a result of the actual operation of the feature. If you’re already posting about the spoiler you don’t want to see, the preventative measure has only just begun. after you have already seen a spoiler.

2. The expiry date of the Snooze function: If tags are put on hold for up to 30 days, spoilers will return unless you remember to reset them.

3. The risk of spoilers in private messages: Since the keywords are only fetched from your News Feed, not Facebook Messenger, you may still receive spoilers from your Facebook friends.

Twitter’s fight against fake followers

The news: Twitter recently decided to do a cleanup after receiving reports of bots on the platform and users accumulating large amounts of fake followers.

Why it always makes headlines: The New York Times declared in a report:[Twitter’s] reform targets a pervasive form of social media fraud. Many users have inflated their followers on Twitter or other services with automated or fake accounts, buying the appearance of social influence to boost their political activism, business endeavors or entertainment careers.

The effect of Twitter’s decision has already resulted in numerous reports of celebrities, politicians and social influencers losing their followers.

Once the cleanup is complete, this should reduce the total number of combined followers on Twitter by about 6%.

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