#Newsfeed: Facebook tests Snooze button to deter unfollows; Music bible Rolling Stone is going up for sale; Instagram changes sound settings on autoplay videos
Plus why do offices put up with meetings?
According to TechCrunch, Facebook is testing a Snooze button that lets you temporarily unfollow friends, Pages or Groups for 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days. In a move that could help deter people from permanently unfollowing, unliking or unfriending pages on the platform, a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch “We’re testing new ways to give people control over their News Feeds so they can stay connected with the stories they find most relevant.”
Read more about this new feature here.
Read more about the growing problem of inappropriate algorithmic ad targeting here.
Get those headphones ready, because Instagram has changed the way videos on the platform autoplay with or without sound. Now when you open Instagram, videos will still autoplay with the sound off. But if you tap to turn one video’s sound on, indicated with a speaker icon in the bottom left, ALL other videos will autoplay with sound too for the rest of your Instagram session. Luckily, when you close the app, the autoplay audio resets to off for next time you use Instagram. But as video becomes more important on the platform, this is no doubt set to annoy users to no end.
Read more about this frustrating change here.
Music bible Rolling Stone is being put up for sale, according to The New York Times. Ahead of the magazine’s 50th anniversary, founder Jann Wenner is putting his company’s controlling stake in Rolling Stone up for sale and relinquishing his hold on a publication he has led since its founding. The sale plans were devised by Mr. Wenner’s 27-year-old son, Gus, who has aggressively pared down the assets of Rolling Stone’s parent company, Wenner Media, in response to financial pressures.
Read more about this breaking story here.
- Facebook Removes Major Targeting Options to Fight Discriminatory Advertising [via Social Media Today]
- Facebook ‘Snooze’ button temporarily hides people in your feed [via TechCrunch]
- How Facebook Tricks You Into Trusting Algorithms [via Gizmodo]
- Twitter says it’s fixed a ‘bug’ that allowed ad campaigns to target users with derogatory terms [via Recode]
- Congratulations Morrissey On Having A Twitter [via Stereogum]
- 91-year-old former congressman shows millennials how to tweet about Trump [via Mashable]
- Instagram May Be Preparing To Switch Up Your Grid [via Refinery29]
- How Brands Used Instagram Stories During New York Fashion Week [via Forbes]
- Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app [via TechCrunch]
- Rolling Stone, Once a Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up for Sale [via The New York Times]
- Watch Chance The Rapper In Stephen Colbert’s Emmys Opening Song [via Stereogum]
- Macklemore Explains Why Ryan Lewis’ Didn’t Produce ‘Gemini’ [via Billboard]
- A List of 500+ Musicians Demanding Better Royalties from Spotify [via Digital Music News]
- Jack White’s Third Man Records Announces Chess Records Reissues [via Billboard]
- “Cash Me Outside” Girl Signs To Major Label [via Stereogum]
- The pop songs that top the charts all share a common quality, according to researchers [via Business Insider]
- “Rick and Morty” Composer Ryan Elder on How He Writes Joke Songs [via Pitchfork]
- Martin Shkreli Sells Rare Wu-Tang Clan Album for $1 Million [via Complex Music]
- Spotify’s new iMessage app lets you share 30-second song previews with friends [via The Verge]
- Snapchat Brings Bitmojis to Life with New AR Update [via Social Media Today]
- Nike and the NBA unveil connected jerseys… and they’re super cool [via TechCrunch]
- Google quietly added a new video feature to Google Maps [via Mashable]
- People are using Siri as a therapist, so Apple is seeking engineers who understand psychology [via Quartz]
- I Dressed Like an Idiot at London Fashion Week to See How Easy It Is to Get Style Blogged [via VICE]
- Australian advertisers are getting mobile video all wrong [via Mumbrella]
- Crushing morale, killing productivity – why do offices put up with meetings? [via The Guardian]
JADEN JAM: Last week’s South Park episode included content that triggered viewers’ Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.