If your video ever gets removed on TikTok, the platform will now provide a reason behind the takedown. TikTok hopes that this change will make content removals more transparent.
TikTok Makes Takedowns More Transparent
In a post on the TikTok Newsroom, the platform announced that it's been testing a new notification system that will provide more clarity about content removals. TikTok noted that it wants these notifications to give users a better understanding of its Community Guidelines, stating:
Our goals are to enhance the transparency and education around our Community Guidelines to reduce misunderstandings about content on our platform.
During the initial tests of this feature, the platform found that notifying users of its policies "helped reduce the rate of repeat violations," and also increased the number of visits to TikTok's Community Guidelines page. Moreover, TikTok said that the notifications reduced users' requests to appeal a removed video by 14 percent.
Because of these positive results, TikTok is rolling out the feature to all of its users. If TikTok removes one of your videos, you'll receive a notification that explains which rule you broke. You'll also get the chance to appeal the removal if you wish.
TikTok hopes to help its community through these notifications as well. For example, if a video is taken down for violating TikTok's policies on self-harm, TikTok will send out another notification to that user. This time, the notification will contain a link to TikTok's safety resources, and will also provide some suggestions on how to handle feelings of depression.
It's a good move on TikTok's part to include content to support the mental health of its users. After a graphic suicide video went viral on the platform in September 2020, it's clear that TikTok needs to put measures in place to help users in need. Fortunately, this notification does just that.
That said, providing users with an explanation about content removals will not only clear up any misunderstandings, but it will also decrease the likelihood that users will repeat the same offense or continue to spread hateful content.
Can Users Look Past TikTok's Scandals?
TikTok may have had its fair share of controversies, but the new notification policy is definitely for the best. Most major social media platforms already provide reasons behind content removals, so it's only right that TikTok offers that sliver of transparency as well.
But despite the steps that TikTok is taking to redeem itself, some users may still feel the need to uninstall the platform for privacy reasons.
WhatsApp has unveiled a new feature that will allow you to shop directly in messages. You'll soon be able to view product listings, order items, and checkout within WhatsApp chats.
Making Purchases on WhatsApp
A post on the WhatsApp Blog revealed a series of changes coming to the way merchants do business on the app. One major feature is in-chat shopping.
WhatsApp briefly touched upon in-chat shopping in its blog post, stating that the platform "will expand ways for people to check out available products and make purchases right from a chat."
However, an accompanying video provided more insight as to what in-chat shopping on WhatsApp would actually look like.
The short video shows how a merchant can send a link to their product to a potential customer. From there, the customer can then look at the listing, add it to their cart, and then check out right on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp previously had support for product catalogs, but it never incorporated an in-chat shopping cart. This change will make it even easier to buy products online, all while simultaneously chatting with your friends and family.
Twitter wants you to vote early in the 2020 US presidential election. The platform is rolling out a series of prompts, hashtags, and push alerts dedicated to early voting.
Twitter Promotes Early Voting
In a post on the Twitter Blog, Twitter acknowledged that the voting process might look a bit different for the 2020 presidential election, stating:
As voters face unprecedented challenges when casting their ballot in the upcoming 2020 US elections, Twitter is doing what we can to ensure that people have access to the reliable information they need in order to exercise their right to vote.
Because of the possible challenges related to the election, the platform announced several initiatives it's taking to encourage early voting. You'll now start to see a new prompt on your timeline. This notification will encourage you to find out more information about early voting.
If you click the Get Started link, you'll be redirected to BallotReady, where you can find local voting information. The prompt also comes with a Encourage others with a Tweet button. By selecting that, you can send out an encouraging Tweet that contains the same link to BallotReady.
Twitter is also rolling out hashtags specifically for early voting: #VoteEarly, #IVoted, #IVotedEarly, and #YoVoté. Any Tweets that have these hashtags will have special features, including a ballot box emoji and a Like button that transforms into a ballot box when pressed.
Lastly, Twitter has also unveiled a push alert that sends you to Twitter's public service announcements about early voting. As a final note on the blog post, Twitter mentioned that it "will continue to share reminders with voting deadlines and resources" up until Election Day.
In the same post on the Twitter Blog, Twitter noted that nine out of 10 Twitter users are registered to vote, and are planning to vote in the 2020 election. Whether these users were encouraged by Twitter or not, its efforts may be paying off.
Other social media networks have made similar moves to encourage voting and to dispel political rumors. In an effort to prevent confusion surrounding the election, both Facebook and TikTok have also created information hubs for the 2020 election.
After a long wait, Facebook Dating has finally become available in Europe. The feature's launch date in Europe was significantly delayed after the Irish Data Protection Commission raised concerns over its privacy.
Facebook Dating Passes the DPC's Inspection
Facebook announced Dating's long-awaited European launch in a post on the About Facebook blog. The feature was supposed to be released in Europe on Valentine's Day, 2020. However, it didn't work out that way after the DPC got involved.
If you haven't heard, Facebook Dating is the platform's own take on a matchmaking site. It lets you create a Dating profile that's separate from your regular Facebook account, and from there, you can start finding potential dates.
Facebook Dating has been available in the US since September of 2019, but only now has it come to Europe. The DPC put a roadblock in front of Facebook Dating's release date, citing that the platform didn't provide enough information as to how exactly the feature will work. Facebook also didn't give the DPC enough time to review Dating before its launch.
So, what made the DPC change its mind about Facebook Dating? Graham Doyle, the DPC's deputy commissioner, outlined his findings in a statement to CNN, saying:
Facebook has provided detailed clarifications on the processing of personal data in the context of the Dating feature. Facebook has also provided details of changes that they have made to the product to take account of the issues raised by the DPC.
Doyle also noted that the DPC will "continue to monitor the product as it launches across the EU this week." As Doyle said, Facebook Dating had to make some changes in regards to privacy, as detailed in a separate About Facebook blog post.
To accommodate the DPC, Facebook states that it won't use your religious beliefs or sexual orientation to personalize ads. The platform also emphasizes that Dating is a "dedicated, opt-in space" that comes with built-in safety tips, as well as the option to report or block users.
Now, Europeans can enjoy using all that Facebook Dating has to offer. This includes the ability to try out Dating's Secret Crush feature, get matched based on your interests, and even go on virtual dates.
Finding a Match on Facebook Dating
As it stands, the list of available dating services just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Tinder, Hinge, Bumble, and Plenty of Fish already provide a ton of options for users looking for love. And now that Facebook has expanded its Dating feature to Europe, it can tighten its grip on the online dating industry.
True crime is a very popular niche in our culture, with popular YouTubers and podcasters often discussing cases or exploring unsolved mysteries.
But social media communities have also gotten involved in cases---and on several occasions, they've even helped police in their investigations. Here are three examples of when social media users assisted the police with their investigations...
1. The Identification of the "Grateful Doe"
A subreddit actually helped with the identification of a "John Doe" in January 2015, following two decades without an ID.
The case related to two men who were involved in a fatal car accident in Virginia in 1995. While the driver of the van was immediately identified as 21-year-old Michael Hager, his young passenger's identity remained unknown for 20 years.
It is suspected that Hager fell asleep at the wheel and his van struck a tree, killing both of the young men instantly.
At the time he was found, the young man had two ticket stubs for the band The Grateful Dead in his pocket and he was sporting the band's T-shirt. A note was also found on his person that said, "Jason, Sorry we had to go, see ya around, call me #914-XXXX. Caroline T. & Caroline O. Bye!!!!".
He was named "Jason Doe" by investigators. 10 years later, the internet renamed him the "Grateful Doe".
An Australian Redditor named Layla Betts became interested in Jason Doe's case. She created a subreddit called r/GratefulDoe in the hopes of identifying the young man.
Her community eventually grew to have thousands of members and Jason's case went viral.
One day, Layla received a message from a Redditor named Steve. Steve said that the composite photos of the Grateful Doe looked very much like his college roommate, Jason Callahan.
He described Jason as a "hippie" and a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. He said that the last time he saw Jason was in 1995.
Steve sent Layla photos of his friend, which were identical to the composites of the Grateful Doe.
Jason Callahan went missing in 1995. The 19-year-old had left his Myrtle Beach home to follow The Grateful Dead around the United States while they toured.
At the same time that Steve reached out, Jason's mother, Margaretta Evans, came across the subreddit. When she saw the photos of Jason and the Grateful Doe's profile, she filed a report with the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina police department.
The link between the two cases was confirmed with DNA evidence from Jason's family, which matched Jason Doe.
After 20 years of waiting, the Callahans finally found out what had happened to their loved one, thanks to the work of a part-time internet sleuth.
2. The Murder of Jun Lin
If you live in Canada, you will probably remember this case well. Jun Lin was a 33-year-old international student from Wuhan, China.
At the time he went missing, he was attending Concordia University in Montreal, working towards a degree in computer science.
When he failed to show up for his part-time job at a convenience store and his friends had not heard from him, Jun Lin was reported missing on May 29, 2012.
A few days before, a video depicting a gruesome murder was uploaded to a gore website. Several viewers of the video and a US attorney attempted to report the grotesque video to law enforcement, but their reports were dismissed.
But things changed when human body parts were mailed to Canada's Conservative and Liberal parties, and a torso was found outside of a Montreal apartment building.
Eventually, the killer was identified as Luka Magnotta. Meanwhile, DNA evidence confirmed that that the body parts found outside of the apartment building, where Magnotta lived, were Jun Lin's.
Shortly after, Jun Lin was identified as the victim in the video.
Magnotta had actually been on the police's radar for months before Jun Lin's murder due to other crimes he had committed and uploaded online.
From 2010, internet sleuths had been trying to track him down due to Facebook videos depicting him killing kittens.
The animal advocates, who called themselves "The Animal Beta Project", watched the videos for identifying clues, like the perpetrator's bedspread and furniture.
In early 2011, the group identified Magnotta as the man in the videos and pinpointed his location to be Toronto, Ontario.
They attempted to warn the authorities of Magnotta's behavior and whereabouts, worrying that he would soon move from animals to humans, but they were dismissed.
At the end of the day, while social media users helped get Magnotta on the police's radar, DNA evidence and police work ultimately solved the case.
In December 2019, a controversial documentary was released about the case and the animal rights activists who worked to identify Magnotta.
3. The Hit-and-Run of Susan Rainwater
Sometimes social media users who help solve crimes aren't fans of true crime podcasts---they just stumble across cases and manage to provide insightful information.
This is what happened in the investigation into the hit-and-run of Susan Rainwater, where a photo asking for users to identify a car part helped solve the case.
Rainwater was riding her bike 60 miles South of Seattle when she was hit and killed by an unknown driver who fled the scene. With few clues to go on and no witnesses, the police were stumped.
The only piece of evidence they had was a black piece of plastic that fell off of the vehicle when it struck Susan. A state trooper who arrived at the scene posted an image of the unknown object to her Twitter account.
Surprisingly, a Reddit user named Jeff knew exactly what the object was. He had worked as a vehicle inspector for many years and stated that the piece of plastic was a part of the headlight bezel of a late-1980s Chevrolet pickup.
It turns out that the piece of plastic had a distinctive notch that was used to access the headlamp adjustment screw. He did a reverse Google image search and found the make and model of the truck that the part belonged to.
Jeff's post was immediately acknowledged by the police. In conjunction with surveillance video, an anonymous tip, and the information about the headlight part from Reddit, police were able to arrest a suspect.
Jeff used the skills that he learned in his career and his knowledge of technology to help lead the police to the person who killed Susan Rainwater.
The suspect, Jeremy Simon, was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, possession of a controlled substance, and leaving the scene of an accident. He pleaded guilty to the charges.
Social Media Is Helping Solve True Crime Cases
Reddit and Facebook have many communities for people who want to read about true crime cases and attempt to solve them from home. And these cases show how sometimes, social media users have been able to make a difference.
While it's best to leave investigations up to the professionals, there's no denying that social media has played a role in certain cases over the years. Giving the victims and their families the closure they needed.
A Facebook Page is a great way to get your brand, business, blog, or project noticed. However, after setting one up, you may think about changing its name as time goes by.
Is this possible? The answer is yes. Here we take a look at how to change your Facebook Page name...
How to Change Your Facebook Page Name
If you've created a Facebook Page already and you need to change its name, it's relatively easy. The steps are the same whether your Page is non-commercial or an official Facebook Business Page.
However, we recommend doing this with the browser version of Facebook, since the process isn't always reliable on the mobile app.
It's also important to note that you need be an admin of a Page before you can edit or change its name.
1. Open Your Facebook Page
To locate your Facebook Page, log into your Facebook account and click on Pages on the sidebar.
You can also click on the flag icon at the top of the screen to load your Pages menu.
Here, you will see a list of Pages that you manage. Once you locate your Facebook Page, select it.
2. Edit Your Facebook Page Name
Next, on the Manage Page sidebar to the left, select the Edit Page Info option.
In this menu, click on the Name field and type your new Facebook Page name.
3. Apply New Facebook Page Name Change
Once you've typed out the new name, click on any blank space outside the field, and a Confirm Page Name Request menu pops up.
Click on the Request changes button to confirm. You will then need to wait for Facebook's approval.
According to Facebook's policy, once you change your Page name, you can't change it again for another seven days.
Approval for the name change can take up to three days. So, wait patiently for a confirmation of your request.
How to Change Your Facebook Page Username
After your Page's name request is approved, you should also consider changing your page username. While doing this isn't one of the criteria for changing your Page name, it makes your Page identity consistent.
To change your Page username, type a unique username that reflects your Page's name in the Username field (directly below the Name field). Then click on any blank space on the web app and wait for Facebook to apply that new change.
A Facebook Page username change doesn't go through any pending approval.
Now that you know how to change your Page name and username on Facebook, you can also learn about our Facebook hacks guide to make using Facebook more fun for you.
Page Name Change Request Rejected? Double-Check These Criteria
If your request to change your Facebook Page name is rejected, then it's usually due to reasons related to Facebook's policy.
To prevent this, ensure that you double-check to see that you haven't violated any of the following criteria before retrying the Page name change.
Use a unique name that doesn't change the intent of what your Page originally stands for.
Don't use names that are abusive or derogatory to any organization or individual.
Use acceptable stylization and avoid mixed letters.
Avoid the use of generic words. Instead, blend descriptive words with generic words.
If you're rebranding your blog, business, or organization, Facebook may require you to provide proof that you've informed your Page followers. For example, you can post to your Page that you've changed your brand's name and announce the new change.
What Happens If People Search for Your Page by Its Old Name?
If you have an established following already, you might still want them to keep seeing your Facebook Page when they search for it.
After a successful change of your Facebook Page name, when people try to search for it by the old name, that old name still appears in the search results. But when people visit your page, the new page name will reflect.
Eventually, Facebook may reflect the new name in the old name's search results once enough time has passed.
Therefore, changing your Facebook Page name doesn't affect its searchability for existing followers.
Is It Smart to Change Your Facebook Page Name?
Your Facebook Page is part of your online presence and its growth affects your business or brand as well.
So, if you realize that changing your page name on Facebook can help your goals, it's a risk worth taking. After all, it will still show up in the old name's search results.
Neighborhoods will allow you to connect with nearby residents. Once you input your location, you'll be able to see groups and posts made by your neighbors, as well as browse marketplace items for sale in your community. Navarra notes that "you can switch neighborhoods or leave your current neighborhood at any time."
Facebook will also let you create a separate profile specifically for Neighborhoods. You can even add your interests and favorite places to your profile to help you connect with like-minded neighbors.
Anyone in your local neighborhood can see your profile, and vice versa. This way, you don't have to be Facebook friends with a neighbor in order to interact with them.
But if you're not happy with that, you can adjust your privacy settings on Neighborhoods. And speaking of privacy, Navarra also mentions that Facebook might use your location to show you hyperlocal ads.
Facebook's Community Standards will still apply when using Neighborhoods. When first joining Neighborhoods, a screenshot reveals that Facebook encourages you to "save any comments that don't directly relate to your neighborhood for other parts of Facebook."
A Facebook spokeswoman later confirmed the platform's trial of Neighborhoods. She touched upon Facebook's motivation behind Neighborhoods in a statement to Bloomberg, saying:
More than ever, people are using Facebook to participate in their local communities. To help make it easier to do this, we are rolling out a limited test of Neighborhoods, a dedicated space within Facebook for people to connect with their neighbors.
For now, Facebook is only testing Neighborhoods in Calgary, Canada. There's still no word on when (or if) Neighborhoods will be rolled out to the rest of the world.
That said, Neighborhoods takes clear inspiration from Nextdoor, a local social network. Nextdoor also gives you the chance to connect with your neighbors, and is currently available in 11 countries.
Facebook Just Keeps on Growing
Facebook is starting to become an all-encompassing social platform. It's eating up ideas already existent in other social networks, and has even started merging Messenger with Instagram.
Not only does Facebook's growing size pose a threat to smaller social networks, but it also puts your privacy at risk. Using all the features that Facebook has to offer means that the platform can keep tabs on your location, interests, conversations, and even your activities on a local level.
Instagram is giving creators more ways to make money on the app. The platform is now letting more influencers sell badges during Instagram Live videos, and is also expanding tests on IGTV commercials.
Instagram Expands Access to Badges
Instagram first introduced badges in an About Instagram blog post in May 2020. Users get the option of purchasing a badge during a creator's live stream, which will then appear as an icon next to the person's username.
Badges make users much more noticeable to the creator. In turn, the creator can choose to reward loyal fans with a shoutout, or some other type of acknowledgment.
Initially, badges were only available to a limited number of influencers, but now, that number has been greatly expanded. Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, announced in a Tweet that badges are coming to more users around the world.
Show even more love to your favorite creators. Now you can buy badges during Lives to support them directly in 11 countries including the US.
The platform now allows over 50,000 creators to take advantage of Instagram's badge system. Instagram also noted that it will match users' revenue for badge sales up to $5,000 (but only for a limited amount of time).
In addition, Instagram is expanding its test on IGTV commercials. This feature gives creators the opportunity to monetize their accounts as well.
This isn't the only step Instagram has taken to help creators' make money. It has even expanded its shopping feature on the app, and will soon allow users to shop on Reels.
Making Money on Instagram
Giving creators more opportunities to make money on Instagram will inevitably attract more influencers to the app. As Instagram struggles to compete with TikTok and other popular social media platforms, it has to pull out all the stops to maintain its status.
Facebook unveiled a new open-source AI model that has the ability to translate between 100 different languages. Its AI model doesn't even need to convert the existing text to English, allowing for a more efficient and accurate translation.
Introducing a New Way to Translate Text
In an About Facebook blog post, the platform detailed its new multilingual machine translation (MMT) model, also known as M2M-100. Impressively enough, this open-source machine learning model "can translate between any pair of 100 languages without relying on English data."
While this is still a research project, it shows a lot of promise. Angela Fan, a research assistant at Facebook, noted that "typical" machine translation models utilize different models for every language, making them incredibly inefficient for large platforms like Facebook.
Even advanced models don't cut it, as they use English as a middleman between languages. This means that the system must first translate the source text into English, and then translate that into the target language.
English-reliant models don't produce the best translations. Fan notes that by taking English out of the picture, Facebook's MMT system can produce more accurate translations, stating:
When translating, say, Chinese to French, most English-centric multilingual models train on Chinese to English and English to French, because English training data is the most widely available. Our model directly trains on Chinese to French data to better preserve meaning.
So instead of using English as a bridge, Facebook's MMT model can translate back and forth between 100 different languages. According to Fan, Facebook has built "the most diverse many-to-many MMT data set to date," which consists of 7.5 billion sentence pairs for 100 languages.
To accomplish this feat, the research team mined language translation data on the web, focusing first on languages "with the most translation requests." The researchers then classified those languages into 14 groups based on shared characteristics.
From here, researchers established bridge languages for each group, and mined training data for all possible combinations. This resulted in 7.5 billion parallel sentences across 2,200 directions.
And as for languages that aren't as widespread, Facebook used something called back-translation to create synthetic translations.
This entire process is bringing the Facebook AI team closer to their goal of creating a "single model that supports all languages, dialects, and modalities."
Facebook Gets Closer to Providing Better Translations
Facebook already performs 20 billion translations every day on its News Feed, and Facebook AI will only make the process more efficient. Although the new translation model hasn't been implemented yet, it will definitely come in handy for international Facebook users who need specific translations.
Instagram is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms. According to Statista, people spend an average of 28 minutes per day on the platform. The potential advertising reach is 849.3 million users. Businesses of all shapes and sizes should seize this opportunity.
However, building a network of followers is a complicated task. You’ve to analyze the target audience and an action plan to draw people’s attention. We’ll explore the Combin Growth tool and features it offers to organically boost your following.
What Is Combin Growth?
Combin Instagram Growth is a smart Instagram marketing tool to help your brand get a genuine audience and increase your account’s engagement. The app lets you search for your audience and competitors with different search techniques like hashtags and location filtering.
It helps you interact with the target audience, tracks your account performance, manages your followings, and more. You can even take action on them in bulk. Combin process the following, liking, and commenting in line with your Instagram activity limits. The app is compatible with Windows 8 and newer, macOS 10.13 and newer, and Ubuntu 18.04.
Unique Features of Combin Growth
On launch, log in using your Instagram credentials. If you’ve registered the account through Facebook, follow these steps in the article to reset/create a new password. The app also supports two-factor authentication.
1. Advanced Instagram Search
Potential audience search begins through the Search tab. Post search can include single or multiple hashtags and locations. There are additional filters for likes/comments number, publication date, and more.
The main purpose is to find profiles of a potentially interested audience. You can search by followers, followings, commenters, likers, or bio. With Combin, you can map the age, gender, and interests of the targeted audience.
2. Target Specific Audience
Combin lets you define the target audience using various filters. It includes gender, location, language, last activity, and followers/following filters. To target a specific audience, navigate to the Search tab, then enable Advanced Filters and Analysis.
The gender filter uses in-depth text analysis and other techniques to determine gender. It offers 30 language options within the filter and lets you set a specific range of following and followers numbers.
3. Remove Irrelevant Users With Machine Learning
Combin’s algorithm analyzes attributes like followers and following count ratio, amount of posts, publishing frequency, and different contexts for thorough user analysis.
Enable Advanced Filters and Analysis to filter out irrelevant and spammy accounts. They’re marked with an exclamation point icon.
4. Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts
Automating some of the activities can help you increase engagement, reach, and followers count. But Instagram doesn’t allow automation. With Combin, you can add up to 15 accounts from one computer.
Log in with your credentials to add your general account. Then, include other accounts through proxies. Navigate to Preference, click the Proxy, then add your proxy. Here's a guide on how to use a proxy from Combin.
5. Audience Management and Export
Combin automatically detects who doesn’t follow you back and unfollow them in batches. You can track the accounts you unfollowed and automatically prevent following them. You can even backup your entire Combin data.
It includes the content of user lists, history of searches, and action tasks. Open either the Users or Search tab and select the one you’d like to export. Right-click the group or search, then choose Export All. You can export the data in CSV, XLS, or TXT.
6. Repetitive Actions Automation
Combin allows you to engage with the audience through single or multiple actions at a time. Select one or few from the follower’s list, then apply following, liking, commenting, and unfollowing action to the selected users by clicking the corresponding icons.
You can even create comment templates for different topics and leave them in batch. Combin will then safely take all your actions according to the daily activity limits. You can track the actions in your Tasks tab.
7. Growth and Performance Statistics
The Stats tab gives you information on the precise number of sent and received follows, likes, and comments over different periods. Combin only counts actions that are processed in the app itself. The app does not track data from official or any other third-party app.
Organically Boost Your Following with Combin Growth
Combin Growth is an interesting tool for savvy users and brands. It lets you search posts and users to define the target audience and automate many of the boring, repetitive actions. And it does so within the Instagram activity limits.
Download the free version to try out all the major functionalities. If you like the app, check out their pricing page for more details.