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Social Media

YouTube to shut down private messages

Published on 08/23/2019 @ 9 AM EST

After launching in 2017, the video platform is removing the private messages feature, meaning users can not direct message each other or groups. The reason YouTube gave was vague; citing their focus has been on public conversation. The feature will be gone on September 18, 2019.

Twitter tests offensive message filter

Published on 08/17/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Users will find the messages flagged for potentially offensive content in a separate inbox. The content is hidden, allowing users to delete without reading. They announced the test via a GIF in a tweet.

Twitter makes it easier to follow tweetstorms

Published on 08/13/2019 @ 10 AM EST

After notification tests for iOS and Android, the social media network is giving the option for users to follow popular tweetstorms. They will have the option for following the top or all replies.

YouTube videos with kids more popular

Published on 07/27/2019 @ 1 AM EST

The Pew Research Center has revealed videos with children under the age of 13 get three times as many views as those that don’t. With recent events in mind, YouTube is attempting to make the platform a safer place for kids, which may mean cracking down on videos that feature them.

LinkedIn moves to Microsoft Azure

Published on 07/24/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Currently using their own data centers, the social media platform will be making the switch to Microsoft over the next few years. This comes three years after Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Pinterest pursues emotional wellbeing

Published on 07/23/2019 @ 7 AM EST

The browser and app now allow users to go through various exercises to mitigate stress via Brainstorm, a Stanford mental health lab. This comes after Pinterest noticed an increase in searches for stress and anxiety. The exercises range from breathing patterns to meditation.