Twitter kicks off fake followers, YouTube tackles fake news and Facebook launches real news: The Week in Review

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Mindset Digital // July 13, 2018

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know to silly social trends.

Last week in social…

The purge: now in theaters and on Twitter. Twitter has announced a major purge of locked accounts—that is, accounts the company has already suspected of being spam. The average user probably won’t notice a major difference, but the effect could get a lot more interesting for prominent accounts with large following numbers (think celebs, politicos, etc.) The major drops should take effect over the coming days, although the company warned that follower counts might continue to fluctuate as Twitter steps up its anti-spam efforts. (via TechCrunch)

Instagram Questions Stickers are all the rage this week. And we do mean rage: if you’re even a casual Instagram Stories user, you have likely been inundated nonstop with friends and brands soliciting questions thanks to the new sticker. You can add a question to your story on both photos and videos. For those submitting content to somebody using the question sticker, don’t forget: your reply is not anonymous, although answering your question won’t automatically display your name. (They can, of course, call you out anyway… not that we’re speaking from personal experience.) It’s a fun feature, and we’re guilty of using it ourselves, but c’mon everyone: how about next week we dial it back a little? (via Instagram)

Snap makes it easier to discover lenses. Last year Snapchat unveiled the Lens Studio, allowing anyone (not just official partners ) to take advantage of creating filters for the popular AR feature. Now they’re making these user lenses an even more central part of the app experience: a new Lens Explore feature makes it easier for people to discover user-created lenses when cycling through the Lens Carousel. According to Snap, over 100,000 Lenses have been created since the Lens Studio went live. (via Snap)

Facebook’s first round of news shows kicks off next week. We’ll get our first batch of programs from the Facebook-funded news initiative beginning next week. Publishers retain editorial control, and the shows can be found in their own section within Facebook Watch (that’s the video icon you’ve probably been ignoring because you’re too addicted to the Instagram Explore tab instead). Familiar faces and publishers include Anderson Cooper and CNN, Jorge Ramos and Univision, Shepard Smith and Fox News, ABC, BuzzFeed, Mic, Quartz and more. If advertising works the same way as it does for other Facebook Watch videos, the decision to insert ads will come from Facebook, not the publishers. (via Adweek)


Last Week in Tech…

Timehop data breach worse than originally reported. The company first disclosed the breach earlier in the week, with 21 million accounts affected. Now the company has announced that in addition to user names, email addresses and phone numbers, additional personal information including date of birth and gender were also compromised. What hasn’t changed: Timehop assures users that the app content (photos and “memories” that the app serves up on users’ social media accounts) remains secure, as it is stored in a separate database. (via the Verge)

YouTube tackles its fake news problem. The site has courted controversy in the past with offensive and misinformed videos coming up prominently in search results, especially during breaking stories like disasters or shootings. While conspiracy theories might not violate the site’s terms of service, YouTube will begin rolling out features to add context around major and breaking news. Info cards will show up along with search results and will display third-party sources like Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica. It’s better than nothing, but we do wonder exactly what the overlap is between people who believe in crisis actors and people whose minds will be changed by a brief info card. (via Ars Technica)

Apple gives the MacBook Pro some TLC. The new MacBook Pro lineup is now available, with a minor refresh and a helpful speed boost… but stopping short of a complete overhaul. The faster specs seem targeted at actual pro and power users, something Apple came under fire for when the last “Pro” models were announced, and are for the 13” and 15” models with the Touch Bar only (not the lower-level model). Not to be too glib—by all means, check out the full reviews—but this is probably one of those upgrade cycles where if you actually care about the detailed specs then you already know if this is right for you or not. One other consideration: unless you absolutely need a new laptop right away, you might want to hold off to see if Apple’s keyboard nightmare has also been fixed. (via Engadget)

Last Week at Mindset Digital…

Creative Director Pete Brown put the office millennials to the test… the Internet Jargon test. In this fun episode of the Mindset Digital podcast, we speculate on everything from astroturfing to PEBCAK errors. Mindset Digital Podcast, episode 34.

Thank you, Internet!

Adobe terminates outdated design. To help promote Adobe XD, its UI/UX prototyping software, Adobe recreated the heads-up display (HUD) of the T-800 Terminator robot played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 film.

Granted, Adobe hired the folks who designed the UI for Avengers: Infinity War, so this is likely a step up from your typical user design work, but it’s still really cool. And not just for Terminator fans: it’s also interesting to see artists rethink how we look at user design today vs. back in the 1990s before this whole home computing thing really took off. Thankfully, sentient killer robots have yet to go mainstream. (via Fast Company)