Is TikTok’s Time Up?
Why is the U.S. considering banning TikTok? We’ve got the answers for you. Plus, civil rights leaders met with Facebook executives about free speech and the Stop Hate for Profit boycott. Meanwhile, Instagram rolled out Reels to compete with TikTok, and Facebook moved to prioritize original news reporting in News Feeds.
Trump, Pompeo, and Others Consider U.S. Ban of TikTok
President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made comments this week indicating the administration is considering banning TikTok. This comes in the wake of India’s recent ban on the popular app, as well as FTC and DOJ scrutiny of TikTok’s privacy permissions. Read more.
Civil Rights Groups Clash with Facebook Over Free Speech
Just a week into July’s Stop Hate for Profit advertiser boycott, leaders from groups including the NAACP, Color of Change, and the Anti-Defamation League met virtually with Facebook execs Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and others. While Zuckerberg agreed to hire an executive with civil rights expertise, civil rights leaders condemned Facebook for making no other concessions during the contentious meeting. Read more.
Instagram Reels Launches in India Following TikTok Ban
Days after India’s ban on TikTok went into effect, Instagram rolled out its new Reels feature in that country. Reels lets users make 15-second videos with the options of adding music, audio clips, and more… sound familiar? Read more.
Facebook Moves to Prioritize Original News Reporting
As more and more people (68% of Americans, according to Pew Research) consume news on Facebook, the social media giant updated their News Feed algorithm for news content. This change prioritizes original news stories, boosting outlets that are the first to break developing stories. Will you keep seeing the news articles your friends share? Most likely. Read more.