Hello everyone! It’s Monday morning and we’re coming at you with our social media roundup for the week. With news from Twitter attempting to keep Trump in check to social media stars earning money whilst they sleep (literally), the news from the social landscape is just as bonkers as usual.
Coming in for a swim? Dip your toe, the water’s lovely!
Twitter’s going to place warning labels on deepfake posts
As of 5th March 2020, the company has said it will start to add warning labels to tweets they believe contain videos with “synthetic and manipulated media”. It will then remove them from the platform when they think the tweets are likely to cause serious harm [Mashable]. Twitter had asked users back in November what it wanted changes to the platform to look like. We still don’t have an edit button *sigh* but we do have Fleets (Kerry’s written about that over the weekend), and now this. A specific policy on the use of synthetic and manipulated media on social media.
I talked about deepfakes a while back, and the seriousness of their use seems to be increasing. Even political organisations aren’t adverse to sharing them, as we see in the next update.
Twitter places ‘manipulated media’ warning on White House social media
Twitter’s attempts to place truth and authenticity at the forefront of its message has hit a barrier this week. That barrier comes in the form, unsurprisingly, of the White House.
Biden stumbled his words, allowing for a short clip that seemed to show him admitting Trump will win the next US election.
Twitter marked Scavino’s tweet as manipulated media almost a day after it was posted, by which time it had already accumulated thousands of retweets and millions of views. Better late than never, but it would have been better early than late.
And the warning about manipulated media doesn’t always pop up. Begging the question, what’s the point? In any case, it’s a start!
TikTok lets you make money whilst you sleep
That’s the dream, right? To go to sleep and wake up with hundreds in the bank. Well, if you’re on TikTok then the reality is, you can.
Through TikTok’s live feature, viewers can donate digital ‘coins’ that can be cashed out for money. On Hector’s first sleep-stream, he said, he received about $10 worth of coins — not riches, exactly, but more than he’d usually be paid to go to sleep ($0) [Economic Times]
Instagram adds new processes for accurate #Coronavirus updates
Given the significant role that social platforms now play in the distribution of news and information, it’s important that they are going to these efforts, and seeking to ensure that misinformation is not being spread through their networks [Social Media Today].
Facebook Launches Messenger for macOS
Don’t get too excited, it’s only in certain areas. But this is following on from their announcement at the F8 developer conference last year. TechCrunch have confirmed with Zuck’s Army that the rollout is underway. But what merit is there to a desktop Messenger app for your PC or laptop? I mean, you can already access it via the web so what’s the point in it having its own app?
The company are citing seamlessness but to me, it’s the opposite of that. It’s simply another hoop to jump through. And if Facebook are using video chats as the selling point, then that makes little sense either. There are already excellent apps that do this work.
Anyway. It’s here, it’s live and it’s coming your way shortly.