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Updates to Facebook Live; New #PrideMonth Features on Facebook and Instagram

Updates to Facebook Live; New #PrideMonth Features on Facebook and Instagram


Facebook’s Updates to Facebook Live

In light of recent unfortunate events, Facebook will officially be upping its standards when it comes to people using Facebook Live, making this another one of its many important updates that we know to expect often. What is supposed to be used for fun in-the-moment events has sometimes been used for malicious content. Those who break any of Facebook’s rules, including its Dangerous Organizations and Individuals policy, will be banned from using Live for a certain amount of time. Facebook wants Live to promote love and good feelings, and it will no longer tolerate any sort of hate speech.

Because Facebook is taking this so seriously, they will implement a “one strike” policy, which means that the banning will occur as soon as even one rule is broken. Facebook will also team up with The University of Maryland, Cornell University and The University of California, Berkeley to come up with new ways to detect manipulated messages across all kinds of posts including images, videos, audio, etc. They will also try to distinguish between unwitting posters and adversaries who intentionally manipulate videos and photos.

Facebook understands that the key to making all of this go away for good is to remain vigilant and aware of what people post. They are determined to make the social media world a safe one that everyone can enjoy without the threat of unwanted content appearing.

#PrideMonth: New Features Added by Instagram and Facebook

When it comes to important updates, the ones that matter the most are those that better our society as a whole. June is #PrideMonth, meaning we celebrate those living their lives exactly how they see fit.

“No matter how you celebrate Pride, you can do it colorfully across Instagram. Together with GLAAD, we’ve identified prominent and popular hashtags – such as #lgbtq, #bornperfect, #equalitymatters, #accelerateacceptance, or #pride2019 – that the LGBTQ+ community uses to share and connect with each other. When you use these hashtags in Feed this month, they will be displayed in a rainbow gradient. New this Pride, when you use these hashtags in Stories, your story ring will turn rainbow while the photo or video is live for 24 hours.” –Instagram

In addition to the rainbow-colored rings around users’ stories, Instagram has also updated the gender options when setting up one’s profile. It originally only had “male” and “female” but now users have the option of saying “custom” which then translates to “gender-nonconforming.” The addition of these new gender options gives users the ability to be their most authentic selves without having to try to fit under a label in which they don’t identify.

Facebook, on the other hand, has released rainbow-themed backgrounds to use when setting a new status or personal update. Though these new releases might seem insignificant right now, it’s setting a much more inclusive example and making users feel more accepted in the social media community than they previously had.

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