The Pulse: Instagram adds layout options, Facebook launches a new privacy control center, and TikTok tests out a repost feature
After controversially scrapping the chronological layout in 2016 in favour of a “more efficient” approach, Instagram is finally bringing it back – along with 2 other options. In an effort to make the app more customizable than ever before, the platform is allowing users to select between Home, Following, and Favourites. The Home layout uses the IG algorithm to determine what content it thinks you’ll want to see. The Following layout will simply feature all posts in chronological order. Lastly, the Favourites feature allows you to create a list of users whose content you want to see.
No stranger to privacy concerns, Facebook is once again increasing its efforts in protecting user data. The newly launched Privacy Control Center allows users to gain insights into how their information is shared. Covering five elements; security, sharing, collection, use, and ads, the updated platform is now one step closer to data protection
Although many social media platforms are moving away from “blind amplification” in order to mitigate misinformation, TikTok seems to be embracing it. The app has recently begun testing out a repost option that allows users to boost and distribute content they like onto their followers’ FYP. While TikTok isn’t typically known as being a bastion of misinformation, the move is still interesting as it’s in direct objection of most major platforms.