Every Sunday we will be recapping what happened this week in the world of social media, keeping you up to date!

Fake ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ Facebook Accounts

People have been setting up fake Facebook accounts pretending to be CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, informing people that they have won cash prizes. According to a report, carried out by the New York Times, there were 205 imposter accounts impersonating Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. These accounts have been scamming users out of their money by sending them messages telling them that they have won the “Facebook Lottery”. In some cases, up to $950,000 has been offered. Users are then told that in order to claim their prize they need to first pay a “delivery fee”. According to the NY Times, targets are first asked to pay hundreds of dollars in iTunes gift cards followed by requests for more money payments before they receive their “prize”. The report has revealed that this scam is not a new one and has been around since 2010. Since the report went live, Facebook have deleted 96 imposter accounts and stated that they are working on ways to track these type of accounts in the future and delete them before they cause harm to potential targets.

Twitter Updates Privacy Policy

On Tuesday, a Twitter thread was sent out on Twitter’s Public Policy account, announcing their new privacy policy, which comes into effect on May 25. The thread stated that the platform felt it was important that users knew exactly how much of their data is collected and how it is used. This isn’t the only network making these changes, as the new EU GDPR rules are set to be enforced at the end of May. This means that social networks, companies and any websites that collect data on European citizens will need to comply with the new rules. This includes being careful in how they collect customer data as well as obtaining clear consent from users that they are aware of how their data is being used.

Snapchat Launches Spectacles V2

Snapchat have launched a new version of their glasses for a cool £149.99, which are currently available to buy in the US, United Kingdom, Canada and France. According to TechCrunch, the platform only sold 220,000 pairs of Version 1, writing off $40 million in stock that was not sold. The new version claims to be more stylish, underwater-friendly and has the ability to take both photos and video. Some of the features of the glasses include: recording up to 30-second videos, a charging case as well as a wireless feature where users can send content directly to their friends or store the footage in their phone’s photo gallery. The glasses currently come in three colours: onyx, ruby and sapphire as well as the option for a prescription lens.

That’s the latest from this week!

Check back next Sunday for a roundup of all things social.