Twitter prevents the spread of fake news; the YOLO app proves that kids love drama; Instagram lets influencers make posts shoppable; and potential implications of the #youknowme movement
This week on The Trend Report, Catherine joins Danika in the studio to discuss updates to Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat, followed by a politically-related Deep Dive that demonstrates the potential impact social media can make.
Twitter launches a search tool that leads users to government websites with scientifically accurate information regarding vaccines. The goal is to block misinformation from spreading throughout the platform, similar to Facebook’s aim of preventing fake news. Danika and Catherine debate the potential to use similar tools for information beyond vaccines; will this be the future of social media news?
In Gen Z news, the YOLO app (no, we’re not making this up) is reaching the number one spot in the app store, allowing users to post an Instagram-like sticker on Snapchat to ask and answer questions. This app further perpetuates the validation culture of this generation, one that is obsessed with knowing what others think, because we all know that kids loooove drama.
Instagram is now letting influencers make their personal posts shoppable, potentially turning IG into the next big e-commerce platform. And last but not least, the #youknowme movement is spreading through Twitter due to Busy Philipps and others humanizing the abortion movement by sharing personal stories after the anti-abortion bill passes. Does social media have the ability to impact real-world politics? We will have to wait and see.
All this and much more — thanks for listening!