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Facebook Removes Ad Text Limit

In a move which will no doubt be welcomed by Facebook advertisers everywhere, Facebook has removed its restrictions on text in your Facebook image ads, which was previously limited to no more than 20% of the ad image being covered by text. These text restrictions have long been a bone of contention for advertisers, often [...]

By | October 28th, 2020|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Advertisers Working With Social Media To Curb Harmful Content

3 months after a major advertiser boycott which led to massive brands such as Coca-Cola, The Hershey Co., Unilever, Verizon, Honda, Birchbox, Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, REI, and Patagonia among other groups withdrawing their advertising from Facebook in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody, the World Federation of [...]

By | October 28th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Anti-Trust Report Hints At Tech Firm Break-Ups

After a 16 month long investigation, followed by a virtual hearing with the CEO's of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google (Alphabet), the US House Judiciary committee released a 449 page report at the beginning of this month, detailing the results of their investigation into anti-trust allegations against the companies that are commonly seen as the [...]

By | October 28th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Facebook EU Operations In Doubt

As we all know, online privacy, the security of user data, and the use which that data is put to have become significant issues at this stage of the evolution of our digital environment. As part of efforts to address those concerns, the EU passed the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2018, which governed [...]

By | September 30th, 2020|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , |

Leaked Facebook Emails Reveal Poor Data Practices

According to internal messages leaked from Facebook earlier this month, top-level employees strategised about how they could leverage the vast quantity of user data Facebook controls in order to limit or disadvantage companies which they perceive as threats, including YouTube, Twitter and Amazon. Although Facebook does not sell user data, it does share some of [...]

By | November 29th, 2019|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: , , |

Instagram Like Removal Expands To US

Following on from their initial trials in 7 other countries, Facebook-owned Instagram has now expanded the trial to the US, hiding "like" counts on posts for a selection of users, in order to test the feature. At a recent Wired event, the CEO of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, announced that the company was willing to make [...]

By | November 29th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Facebook Planning Major WhatsApp Changes

A recent announcement revealed some big plans on the cards for Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp, some which users will no doubt be pleased about, and others, not so much. New Group Privacy Settings First announced in April of this year, new group privacy settings will be rolling out to other countries in the near future, [...]

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook’s PTAT Score

One of the many metrics that Facebook makes available to you is the "PTAT" score, or "People Are Talking About This," but it's a metric that is not always well understood. It can go up and down, and it's not always clear what is driving the change. Effectively, this is a measure of actions taken [...]

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Facebook Testing Hiding Likes

After reverse engineer Jane Wong recently discovered some test Facebook code, and Facebook confirmed that it was considering hiding "likes," the popularity metric that they invented, they have now announced testing with a limited number of users in Australia. They also recently began the same test on Facebook-owned platform Instagram, implementing it for "some" users [...]

By | September 30th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

Facebook Rebrands Instagram & WhatsApp

In a move that appears to be quite widely derided, Facebook has decided that it is going to forcibly remind everybody who owns Instagram and WhatsApp, by officially rebranding them. The wildly original new names for the products will be: "Instagram from Facebook" and "WhatsApp from Facebook." Just in case you forgot that Facebook owned [...]

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |