This week in social media news: Snapchat CEO said in an interview that the platform is fact checking political ads, Wikipedia co-founder launches a news focused social network, Facebook makes a meme app only released in Canada and Twitter is experimenting with scheduling Tweets.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has joined the conversation about regulating political ads on social networking sites.
While Facebook won’t fact check at all and Twitter completely bans political ads (sort of), Snapchat is taking the middle ground.
“And I think what we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising,” Spiegel said in an interview on CNBC.
A few weeks after Twitter announced that they were going to ban all political ads, the policy was updated to clarify what that entails.
Here’s what the policy says:
News publishers may also run ads that reference political content but they can’t advocate for any topics relating to it.
Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales launched a social media platform to rival Facebook and Twitter called WT:Social, a news focused social network. The platform is not associated with Wikipedia but operates on a similar donations-based business model and is apparently gaining a following.
Here’s what they say on the site:
The platform is supposed to be ad-free so it probably won’t be a valuable space for marketers. The interface looks pretty basic so it will be interesting to see how much of a following the site gains.
As reported by The Information, Facebook has launched a meme making app called Whale to try to capitalize on the younger generations. The app is currently only available through the Canadian App Store.
TweetDeck announced on Twitter this week that select accounts would be a part of a test that allows you to schedule your Tweets in advance.
From the video, the tool looks limited to just selecting day and time. It doesn’t show if there will be anywhere where you can see scheduled Tweets, if you can edit them before they go out or if it’s available on mobile as well.
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