#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
Plus how apps can make your vacation better.
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.
Read more about this curious hire here.
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.
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.
- Moderators say Facebook didn’t prepare them to catch Russian propaganda [via The Verge]
- To Fix Its Toxic Ad Problem, Facebook Must Break Itself [via WIRED]
- What Facebook Watch Will Mean for Marketers [via Kissmetrics blog]
- Former Facebook and Snap exec Sriram Krishnan is joining Twitter to work on product [via Recode]
- NY Times White House Reporter Glenn Thrush Quits Twitter, Calls It ‘Distraction’ [via Observer]
- Small brands are finding it harder to get verified on Instagram [via Digiday]
- Instagram model announces she won’t post any more fitness photos, loses 70,000 followers [via News Limited]
- Check if someone follows you on Instagram with this new easy update [via Digital Spy]
- Long Road To Radio: Sam Hunt & Morgan Evans lead country’s latest tilt at Top 40 [via The Music Network]
- ‘Streaming Is Killing the Next Beatles,’ Gene Simmons Says [Digital Music News]
- Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Vinyl Accidentally Pressed With Canadian Punk Band’s Album [via Complex Music]
- Donald Glover: “If I Don’t Make A Mixtape With Chance The Rapper, A Bunch Of 14 Year Olds Are Gonna Kick My Ass” [via The FADER]
- Three Labels Control 80% Of The U.S. Music Industry. What Responsibility Comes With That Power? [via The FADER]
- Indie Rock Is Thriving On Pandora [via hypebot]
- One LA-based DJ uses this custom lighting setup to enthrall his audience [via Mashable]
- Faith Newman: ‘I’d still like to see more women in positions of power’ [via Music Business Worldwide]
- 5 Movie Soundtracks That Rescued Great Musicians From Obscurity [via Pitchfork]
- Screen industry bodies unite to launch ‘Make it Australian’ campaign [via Mumbrella]
- Google is serving ads in YouTube Red – even though it promises not to [via The Next Web]
- Ellen DeGeneres Is One Step Closer To “World Domination” With Her New YouTube Series [via Fast Company]
- Snapchat’s newest feature is the best thing it has ever done and here’s proof [via Mashable]
- How Apps Can Make Your Vacation Better [via The New York Times]
- The silent killer of workplace happiness, productivity, and health is a lack of basic civility [via Quartz]
JADEN JAM: In the most unlikely of pairings, Skrillex and Ed Sheeran recently took over a Chicago club with an unplanned performance.