Social Space: A roundup of all the social media news from across the GCC

Policy discussions focused on government policies during the coronavirus outbreak, including preventative measures and remote working.

The educational talks focused on the suspension of schools around the world and the benefits of online learning.

Conversations on health focused mainly on the spread of the coronavirus outside of China and preventive measures to disinfect.

Other hot topics include home entertainment activities during quarantine, the technology needed to work from home, and confusion around the suspension of sporting events.

Methodology:
Netizency conducted a social listen on all GCC social and online media between February 15 and March 15, 2020 to gather information on popular trends.

Latest updates from social media platforms include:

Twitter:
– Help fight coronavirus by adjusting search results to show content from credible health organizations first
-Now allows you to link a new tweet to one of your old ones
– Announcing ‘Fleets’, ephemeral vertical tweets similar to Snaps and IG Stories
-Make list pinning available on Android

LinkedIn:
– Launches a new “Featured” section in profiles to display top achievements and links
– Try new ways to start “Stories” aimed at inspiring users to engage in productive conversations

Facebook:
– Removes fake content and conspiracy theories around coronavirus
– Experiment with the new “Hobbi” app designed to create and organize photos and videos of your favorite hobbies
– Tests a new feature that will allow users to return to a timeline feed
– Will allow you to transform any 2D image into 3D using newly developed AI technology
– Removes the discovery tab from Messenger
– Revamps its Messenger app on iOS to make it faster, smaller and easier

Instagram:
– Bans AR Covid-19 filters by unofficial organizations
– Preserves the accuracy of Covid-19 by guaranteeing you priority access to credible sources
– Tests a pop-up window to show users messages they’ve missed since they last logged in
– Testing a feature that will allow video responses to IGTV content
– Will soon allow you to restrict multiple accounts from your comments section

Youtube:
– To monetize videos dealing with Covid-19, by relaxing its “sensitive events” policy

Snapchat:
– Introduced “Here for You” resources, to help users going through emotional crises
– Considering a redesign adding navigation as a standout feature among many potential UX changes

TIC Tac:
– Launches “TikTok Tips”, an account focused on promoting safety and mental well-being
– Now allows you to add URLs to your bio
– Launches ‘Family Safety Mode’ improving its parental controls
– Launches a new feature of pinning stickers on videos
– Launches a new native analysis tool

WhatsApp :
– Launch dark mode