📰 Social Media Pulse News: January 9, 2023

Your social media news for January 9, 2023:


  • The EU’s Irish Data Protection Commission has fined Meta €390 million over misuse of user data in ad personalization.

  • Meta says 20% of its 2023 budget will be devoted to Reality Labs, which develops both AR and VR applications.

  • Meta has acquired Belgian-Dutch 3D printing company Luxexcel to create specialized lenses for AR glasses and VR headsets.




  • Instagram’s Adam Mosseri conveyed the platform’s 2023 priorities via a Reel (as is his tendency)—top foci include inspiring people to be creative, helping people discover things they love, and sparking connections between people.

  • First emoji reactions, then Avatar reactions…now Instagram is letting you reply to DMs with a drawing.


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  • In a continued bid to make the Twitter Blue paid service more appealing, Blue subscribers are officially being rewarded with greater Tweet visibility, as well as the ability to post videos of up to 60 min/2GB.

  • The new Blue for Business verification tier includes square profile badges, gold verified badges, and verified affiliate account badges (which appear next to checkmarks as square Twitter logos).

  • Twitter is still working on a Reddit-esque feature that would allow you to give “Twitter gold” and reactions to creators for tweets you appreciate.

  • Twitter is working on adding a Follow button to the bottom of tweets.


  • LinkedIn has announced that 2023 will see improved video accessibility, standardized accessibility job titles, alt text functionality in Campaign Manager, updates To Job Search, updates To B2B Product Search, post scheduling, and content analytics

  • When you send or receive a connection request, LinkedIn will now automatically turn the sender into a follower in the meantime.


  • YouTube has begun testing the mobile version of its queueing system—which enables users to add videos to what basically amounts to a custom playlist—among select YouTube Premium subscribers on iOS and Android.

  • YouTube has added the Shorts remix report and some new Key Metrics in the YouTube Studio app, accessible on desktop, a new live-streaming section to the YouTube for Creators website, and more creative post features.

  • YouTube also plans to add AI-powered video text search, automated transcription, dubbing, and translation, and a Courses feature, which will include the ability to upload documents for sharing—but all these features are headed to India first.

  • YouTube has updated their monetization policy to clarify that videos will be demonetized if profanity appears within the first 8 seconds.

  • YouTube’s progress bar will soon be grey (instead of turning from white to red) for devices on Dark Mode, though it will remain red when interacting with the video or while the devices is on Light Mode.

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  • YouTube had removed comments on Art Tracks (auto-generated music videos), but has brought back the commenting feature as an option on Official Artist channels.

  • YouTube has been spotted making hashtag suggestions for Shorts.


  • TikTok has new privacy options on who can send you messages: everyone, suggested friends, mutual follows and people you’ve sent messages to, or no one.

  • TikTok videos now include scrubbing thumbnails.

  • TikTok’s new IMDb integration will allow creators to tag a show or movie, leading to a dedicated in-app page with more thorough IMDB data.

  • TikTok is testing the ability to create TikTok effects within the TikTok app.


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