Social media is ever evolving, and it’s important to keep up on the trends. This week, Facebook launched a new campaign against hate, Twitter tanked, and YouTube unveiled some sneak peaks of the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at what you might’ve missed in social media news over the past seven days.
Facebook Bans Hate Speech
On Monday, Facebook officials announce a new initiative to combat online extremism and hate speech in Germany. The million-dollar campaign, known as the Online Civil Courage Initiative, will partner with German companies to prevent and eliminate these aggressive forms of speech in the country. “We have repeatedly emphasized that Facebook is no place for the dissemination of xenophobia, hate speech or calls for violence. With this new initiative, we are convinced to better understand and respond to the challenges of extremist speech on the internet,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained.
Twitter Swan Dives
If you tried to login to Twitter on Tuesday, you likely hit a roadblock; the microblogging site tanked several times before lunchtime. In a statement, the social media network explained, “The issue was related to an internal code change. We reverted the change, which fixed the issue.” In true fashion, thousands of Twitter users flocked to Facebook to vent their frustrations during the outage.
Sneak Peak of Super Bowl Ads
The most watched sporting event in the country is still weeks away, but you can currently get a glimpse of the upcoming commercials on YouTube. So far, KFC and website builder Wix.com have uploaded sneak peaks for your viewing pleasure. In 2015, users watched the equivalent of 1,600 years of Super Bowl ads on the video site. Leaking commercials ahead of kickoff is nothing new; last year 40 percent of Super Bowl commercial views took place before game day.
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