Every Sunday we will be recapping what happened this week in the world of social media, keeping you up to date!
Everyone’s eyes this week have been on Zuckerberg as he testified before Congress earlier this week. Zuckerberg had two hearings following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. Zuckerberg’s hearing on Tuesday lasted for a total of five hours followed by four more hours of questioning the next day. According to reports, the hearings were filled with many awkward moments as they grilled the Facebook Founder. A number of topics were explored by the House and Senate committees that ranged from how Zuckerberg managed the size of Facebook, to the location of his hotel room as well as questioning Facebook’s decision to shut down Chick-Fil-A’s appreciation day. Although it was clear that Zuckerberg was unsure how to answer some of the questions put to him, he did take responsibility for the handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal stating that: “I started Facebook, I run it and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
In other Facebook news, the platform plans to roll out an “unsend” message feature which will let users delete sent messages. This comes after TechCrunch reported that messages sent by Zuckerberg and “other executives” had been deleted. A spokesperson from Facebook has stated that the platform will be making the feature available to everyone in the future and until then they won’t delete anymore messages sent from executives.
Video source: Washington Post
Instagram has launched a focus portrait mode offering users another option. The feature will be next to the superzoom setting. It’s said to give users a “professional photography look”. It works by detecting faces and focusing the lens, slightly blurring the background at the same time. The feature is now available on the iPhone 6S and newer models, as well as a number of Android devices. There are also rumours that Instagram is launching a Q&A sticker. According to WABetaInfo, Instagram is working on a feature that will allow you to ask your followers a question and keep all responses private. The launch of this feature is currently unknown.
Reports have also revealed that Instagram is in the process of developing a tool that lets you download all of the content that you have ever shared on the platform. Users will be able to download images, videos and messages using the new tool. The date for when this tool will be available is not yet known.
Twitter has followed suit after Facebook endorsed the Honest Ad Act last week. In a tweet, posted on Tuesday, the platform announced that in order “to increase transparency in political ads” they would be supporting the Honest Ads Act. The support follows concerns that Twitter was used by Russian operatives to influence the 2016 Presidential campaign. Twitter has proposed that their Ads Transparency Center (ATC) will provide users with “significant detail” on the origin of each ad. Bloomberg has reported that the platform will be putting the Act into action by the summer.