Instagram will let users reply to DMs from feed

  • Instagram is giving users new features for sending direct messages (DMs).
  • This includes an option to reply to DMs directly from the feed without having to go into the inbox.
  • There are also new share options like the ability to send song previews and conduct polls in group chats.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

 Google adds new tools to limit spread of misinformation

  • Google is introducing a range of Google Search updates and alerts to help users understand sources of information and limit misinformation spread.
  • A new notice for evolving news stories is being added which will alert searchers if facts are still being clarified and a ‘highly cited’ label for popular news articles.
  • The features are launching soon for users in the US but are expected to expand to other regions in the coming weeks.
  • You can read the full story on Social Media Today’s website.

Facebook bug led to increased views of harmful content

  • According to an internal incident report, a bug on Facebook caused a surge of misinformation into the News Feed.
  • Instead of suppressing posts from repeat misinformation offenders, the posts were being distributed – increasing views by as much as 30%.
  • In addition to misinformation posts, systems failed to demote posts containing probable nudity, violence, and Russian state media in response to the war.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

NI teachers’ lives ‘being ruined’ by online abuse

  • Teachers in Northern Ireland are calling for a ‘zero tolerance’ policy to protect them from online abuse.
  • This comes after the PSNI received over 80 reports of fake TikTok accounts targeting teachers over the last 6 months.
  • The PSNI has warned pupils that posting online videos with defamatory and malicious comments could constitute a criminal offence.
  • For more advice on teacher targeted bullying, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on The Belfast Telegraph’s website.