Weekly Digital Trends: January 22nd

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Twitter locks out China’s US embassy after ‘baby-making machines’ tweet Twitter locked China’s official U.S embassy account due to a violation of dehumanization policy.  The China U.S embassy posted a tweet supporting the Chinese government’s forced sterilization of Uighur women. Twitter’s policy prohibits the “dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity.”

Twitch has ‘indefinitely’ banned Donald Trump Twitch’s final decision on banning Donald Trump was made due to the ongoing risk of further incitement of violence. The decision was finalized 2 weeks after the site disabled President Donald Trump’s account and prevented him from streaming. Even though the account was blocked, Twitch maintained the account live for further analysis. 

As promised, Twitter made Joe Biden’s @POTUS account start with zero followers Twitter publicly archived the former President Donald Trump’s administration accounts, giving the new president Joe Biden’s administration brand new ones. The Biden administration will lose a significant digital advantage with the change of policy. As of now, Twitter has not reported the reason for the policy change.

SOCIAL UPDATES 

Pinterest Tests New Stories Panel at the Top of User Feeds Pinterest changed Story Pins’ position within the app to attempt to deliver a more dynamic platform to its users. The stories panel is now located at the top of the user’s feeds. Story Pins is in the testing phase, and only selected creators are granted access to try it yet. Pinterest has not yet disclosed a date for all users to have access to record Story Pins. 

Facebook Is Removing the ‘Our Story’ Section from Pages Next Month  Facebook alerts page owners to switch content from “ Our Story” to “Additional Information” due to updates in Page’s layout next month. Facebook created the Our Story section in 2017 to help brands better connect with followers; however, the main page became cluttered. The “Additional Information” will work as a secondary element that allows users to click through it, with a prompt tab disclosing the info. 

TikTok Adds New Q&A Option Which Enables Fans to Post Questions for Creators TikTok’s launch of the Q&A feature is a measure to increase engagement among fans and creators. The Q&A is available to selected creators and is still in the testing phase. Fans can send questions to creators for them to respond to in their next videos. The question will not be in private mode, meaning that other users can see and like all of the questions sent to creators. Creators can use the like button to measure and filter questions that interest fans the most.