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Instagram to Allow Users to Report Misinformation

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Instagram’s New Misinformation Reporting Option to Reduce Platform Scam

Instagram is testing a fresh new option that will allow users to report misinformation on the platform, in the latest attempt by Facebook to slow the spread of false and misleading content across its platforms. The tool will be available to all users by the end of August. The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, commented on the news via Twitter, stating: Misinformation is an issue I’ve personally spent a lot of time on. I’m proud that, starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false. There’s still more to do to stop the spread of misinformation.

How To Use Instagram’s New Reporting Tool

Instagram Misinformation report tool on instagram smartphone app
Source: Social Media Expert Matt Navarra
Similar to how you would normally report a post on Instagram, all you need to do is tap on the three vertical dots on the top right of a photo or video posted to Instagram, and you will see a few different options. All you have to do is select ‘False Information,’ and you are done. It’s that simple. Instagram will then look into your claim, and if it agrees that the post contains false information, the post will be eliminated from hashtag searches and Instagram Explore sections of the platform altogether. As explained by Instagram, “From the end of August, people will be able to let us know about content that people believe may be misinformation and help improve our ability to proactively catch misinformation. When we find misinformation on Instagram, we filter it from places where people discover new content – Explore and hashtag pages.”

 What We Can Expect

Instagram’s brand communications manager Stephanie Otway stated, Explore and hashtags allow people on Instagram to find content they haven’t already chosen to follow, and by filtering misinformation from these places, we can significantly limit its reach. The process will expand Instagram’s options for detection, and as noted, build on parent-company Facebook’s broader capacity to limit the spread of such misinformation through its platforms. According to Facebook, feedback from the new tool will also be used to train artificial intelligence software to scan for, and rate, fake posts without waiting for them to be reported.  

Alex Greening

Twitter: Verification Check Mark Will Cost You More

11/04/2022

These days Twitter is all over the news. The social media platform has become Elon Musks’ most recent investment making him the owner.

That also means he’s running the show over at Twitter. As we’ve already seen through his abrupt employee layoffs, he’s making cuts where he can save money. He’s also introduced several features that may further monetize content on the app.

Read More: The Future of Twitter’s Monetization 

Take a Twitter Blue Account or Don’t

Speaking of money, the latest change that Musk wants to make to Twitter is combining that little blue check mark for verified users into the Twitter Blue subscription. Instead of blue check marks being unattainable for some, now users can decide to pay $8 per month.

Elon Musk tweeted about this change on November 1st, here’s what he had to say.

For those of you who already have a blue check mark, you have 90 days to sign up with Twitter Blue or you’re not going to have a check mark anymore. Currently, the Twitter Blue subscription costs $4.99 for a set of premium features.

Price Hike For Verified Users

If you are a verified user than the recent announcement of a price hike can be frustrating to hear. In terms of price hike’s its look like Twitter Blue is going to skyrocket to $19.99 per month, reports The Verge.

Read More: Twitter Communities Visible On Profile!

The reason for such a jump in price is Musk’s push to create the Twitter Blue subscription as an all-encompassing premium subscription. His main reason for this is to weed out the bots and ensure that users are real people.

All in all, Twitter users with check marks have a decision to make, to keep or not to keep.

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New Study On Google Search Zero-Clicks

10/27/2022

Recently, a new study published findings about Google’s zero-click searches.

In the past, they’ve been made out to be more or less the problem when it comes to Search results. But Semrush’s study found that it was in fact another factor that was influencing the rates of desktop and mobile zero-clicks.

SEO Lingo: What are Zero-Clicks?

In the case of zero-clicks, it’s pretty much just as it sounds. With a few additional points that are important to know. Search Metrics defines zero clicks as “…queries in search engines…that do not send you to a third-party website from an organic search result.”

Read More: You Can Use Third-Party Cookies For An Extra Year

You might be wondering why SEO find zero-clicks to be a pain. Well, Search Metrics also says that “around 50 percent of searches currently end without a click on an organic search result.”

The Semrush Study Results

With this study bringing more information to light about search results you might be wondering about where in fact the clicks went.

Image Credit: SEMrush

In the image above is a breakdown of Google’s search findings for desktops. Based on these stats, one interesting factor is the google keyword rate, sitting at 17.9%. Search Engine Land reports that the majority of users searching “decide what to click on within 15 seconds.”

Read More: Five Changes Coming To Mobile Search

This sheds some light on the search decision-making skills. It appears as though if the results aren’t specific enough, then search won’t keep reading results. Instead, they will change the keywords used in their search, thus upping the zero-click rate.

For more details, you can read the full SEMrush study on their site.

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