YouTube launches Shorts

YouTube has announced the launch of Shorts. Shorts are videos with a maximum length of 15 seconds. Sounds familiar? This product has been likened to TikTok. Interestingly this feature has been launched in beta in India. Interesting because India’s government banned TikTok in June following clashes between the Indian and Chinese armies in border regionsContinue reading “YouTube launches Shorts”

Facebook updates policies ahead of 2020 US election

Mark Zuckerberg gave a town hall update during which he tackled the issue of reviewing Facebook’s policies ahead of the 2020 U.S. election. The objective of the review is, in his words, “to connect people to authoritative information about voting, to crackdown on voter suppression and to fight hate speech.” The first change aims atContinue reading “Facebook updates policies ahead of 2020 US election”

How Facebook can help you call loved ones

Facebook has launched CatchUp. It’s an experimental app aiming at making telephone calls easier. Not in the sense of pressing a button. In the sense that, according to Facebook, the reason people often don’t voice call family and friends is that they don’t know if they are available and they don’t want to disturb. CatchUpContinue reading “How Facebook can help you call loved ones”

Instagram, Snapchat leave Facebook behind

eMarketer is forecasting that the COVID-19-influenced growth of social networks will benefit Instagram and Snapchat more than Facebook. The most recent update of the forecast sees Instagram adding more time spent by users than Snapchat while Facebook lags behind. Facebook is still leading with 34 minutes of average daily usage by US users. Instagram is now estimatedContinue reading “Instagram, Snapchat leave Facebook behind”