May 2021

Sweet Update #19

  • Facebook's independent Oversight Board has upheld the platform's suspension of former US President Donald Trump.
  • Facebook is launching its new 'Neighborhoods' local connection tool to all users in Canada as part of a broader expansion of the tool. 
  • Facebook's launching a test of new warning prompts when users attempt to share an article that they haven't opened and read.
  • Facebook has launched the first test of its new audio rooms among users in Taiwan.

  • Instagram is testing another way to clarify when users have shared a feed post to Stories via a 'reshared' sticker.
  • Instagram has added a new 'Pronouns' field on user profiles which enables people to better signify their chosen gender identity.
  • Twitter is rolling out a new image display, which will show full-sized images within user timelines.
  • Twitter has launched a live test of on-profile tipping for selected creators, called Tip Jar.
  • Twitter will reportedly be re-opening public applications for profile verification from next week.
  • Twitter is working on new folders within its Bookmarks section, which will enable users to save tweets into separate categories.
  • Twitter is reportedly working on a new tiered subscription model with new tweet features - which could end up netting a lot of extra cash for the company.
  • YouTube is expanding its TikTok-like Shorts tool to all US users.
  • YouTube has launched a new, $100 million fund to pay Shorts creators, while it's also added some new creative tools to the option.
  • YouTube is expanding access to its new video 'Clips' features, which enables users to share small snippets from eligible videos.