📰 Social Media Pulse News: December 19, 2022

Your social media news for December 19, 2022:


  • Meta is enhancing security and account recovery processes, including efforts to enhance account recovery request and identity verification, better access to product support (including expansion of its live chat support test to 30+ countries in 2023), protections against sketchy links, better account impersonation detection tools, and ways for Instagram users’ friends to verify their accounts.

  • Meta has closed its Connectivity division, which launched in 2013 to develop connectivity solutions including drones and satellites. The division’s projects will now be split between Meta’s company’s “Infrastructure” and “Central Products” groups.

  • Shaquille O’Neal will host “The Shaq-tacular Spectacular” on New Year’s Eve within Meta Horizon Worlds, on Meta Quest TV, on O’Neal’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and on Messenger’s Watch Together platform. The event will be emceed by Shaq and feature performances by Cardi B, Ludacris, Lil Yachty, Killer Mike, Whipped Cream, and Shaq himself (performing as DJ Diesel).


  • The Facebook Jobs platform will shut down on February 22, 2023.


  • Instagram has launched a ton of new features:
    • Notes, 24-hour messages that appear over your DM inbox and are visible to either followers you follow back or close friends only.
    • Pass it on” prompts for “Add Yours” stories
    • Candid, a BeReal-esque feature prompting you to share a photo in the moment (and makes you do so before you can view a friend’s Candid)
    • Group Profiles, dedicated members-only profiles for group sharing
    • Collaborative Connections, a way to create a collection of shared posts either via groups or via DMs

  • Instagram continues to push Avatars—now they can dance in your story when you add music to it.

  • Lots of account security efforts from Instagram: they’ve launched a new Instagram.com/hacked site for hacked account support, the ability to designate friends to confirm your identity, and an indication if an account that’s requesting to follow you appears to be impersonating someone else. Instagram’s Verified badge will also be more visible in more places across the platform.

  • Instagram is adding a responsiveness badge to reward business accounts that reply to messages quickly.

  • Advertisers can now see a separate “From Ads” tab in their DMs.


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  • A Twitter account known for tracking and publicizing the location of Elon Musk’s private jet has been banned from the platform, and Twitter’s privacy policy has been updated to prohibit “live location information, including information shared on Twitter directly or links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes, actual physical location, or other identifying information that would reveal a person’s location, regardless if this information is publicly available.”

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  • …despite Musk’s tweet from last month stating, “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk.”

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  • Musk has also blocked several journalists that had recently tweeted about the aforementioned ElonJet account.

  • Twitter’s “Moments” tweet-collection feature has been shut down.

  • Twitter is also shutting down the Revue newsletter platform.

  • Twitter’s previously US-only “Notes” feature is opening up visibility worldwide, though only US users can create them (for now).

  • First 140, then 280…now, Twitter plans to expand the character limit to 4,000 characters (expandable from a a 280-character feed preview).

  • As part of their overall strategy to prioritize active users (and banish bots), Twitter plans to make up to 1.5 billion unused Twitter handles available.

    • Got your eye on one in particular? Check out the unofficial handle.horse app (at your own discretion).


  • As part of increased efforts to curb abuse and increase transparency, YouTube will now notify users if their comments are considered abusive.


  • Many state governments and the federal government have banned TikTok for their employees, and now a bill has been proposed for a nationwide ban of the Chinese-owned app.

  • TikTok has added a location tagging feature.


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That’s something everyone’s been asking for ages, so that’s great.

That makes sense, not too many products, and they can’t compete anyways.

Too many scams probably, that’s what I felt anyways.

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