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Blog / 19 Sep 2017

#Newsfeed: Google is serving ads in YouTube Red (even though it promised not to); A small change means big things for Instagram accounts; How to fix Facebook’s toxic ad problem

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Tech publication WIRED has hit out at Facebook, suggesting that instead of addressing each problem as it arises in isolation, perhaps it’s time for the platform to “acknowledge that it can’t solve these problems alone and to ask for help”. “Two incidents in recent weeks have highlighted how Facebook’s advertising network—the cornerstone of its half-trillion-dollar valuation—is as susceptible to manipulation and bigotry as its news feed”, senior writer Issie Lapowsky states, referring to people being able to target ads to people with an expressed interest in burning Jews, as well as Russians purchasing thousands of phony Facebook ads without Facebook realising.

Read her scathing review of Facebook’s approach to addressing problems here.

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It’s finally happened: Instagram now has a “follows you” section on people’s profiles if they are one of your followers or not. The new update – spotted by Digital Spy – seems to be for Android users at the moment, but with a new iOS update imminent, everyone may have this long-awaited feature sooner than you think.

Read more about this update here.

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Never say never – especially when you’re YouTube. Peeved YouTube Red users have taken to Reddit to voice their frustration the search engine giant has begun displaying ads in its paid subscription service, which promised to deliver original content unobstructed by any promo materials.

Read more about YouTube’s backflip here.

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