January 12, 2021

1. The new Facebook Page layout update downplays like counts

The Follow button is the new star on Facebook’s new page layout. It’s a small shift but it makes sense: Page Likes are not as powerful as Follows. By emphasizing the Likes on a page, they’re giving a more accurate representation of the Page influence.

2. Facebook banning all posts containing “Stop The Steal”

From Facebook:

We are now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal” under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram. We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence.

3. More than 70,000 Twitter accounts are suspended in the wake of the attack on the Capitol

Twitter is aggressively cleaning up the platform:

Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts. These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.

4. LinkedIn Stories have a swipe up option now

You need a page or at least 5,000 connections, but the capability is there!

To add the swipe up feature:

  1. Add a photo or video to your Story.
  2. Tap the  Link icon at the top.
  3. Add the URL under Add a link.
  4. Select the applicable action button.
  5. Tap Done.
    • Note: You can tap Edit Link to modify your link or Preview Link to see what your viewers will see when they swipe up on your Story.
  6. Tap Share Story.

5. TikTok overhauled its privacy settings to protect younger users

In addition to launching an Under 13 app experience, they’ve changed the default settings for users age 13-15. Some examples:

  • Tightening the options for commenting on videos created by those ages 13-15. These users can now choose between Friends or No One for their account; the Everyone comment setting is being removed.
  • Changing Duet and Stitch settings to now make these features available on content created by users age 16 and over only. For users ages 16-17, the default setting for Duet and Stitch will now be set to Friends.
  • Allowing downloads of videos that have been created by users 16 and over only. Other users can decide whether they want to allow downloads of their videos, though for users ages 16-17 the default setting will now be changed to Off unless they decide to enable it.
  • Setting “Suggest your account to others” to Off by default for users ages 13-15.