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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 30.01.2018

The Daily Digital News Edit, bringing you the top 3 digital news stories of the day.

 Facebook to promote local news in drive for ‘trusted’ content 

Facebook will begin prioritising the placement of local news in the News Feed, the company said today. The move means that you’re more likely to see stories from your local newspaper or television station. While the changes are currently limited to the United States, Facebook plans to introduce them globally.

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*This move is the latest in a series of significant changes to the News Feed, introduced in response to the criticism faced over the appearance of misleading news and information in users’ feeds.*

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Instagram won’t comment on rumoured video calling feature

Instagram copied the ‘Snap’ and now it might be going after the ‘chat’. A video calling feature was spotted in a non-public version of Instagram. It would let users who’ve begun an Instagram Direct message thread to video chat with each other.

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*Will features such as this mean that users are spending the time on the app actively communicating, rather than passively browsing – something which Facebook has come to admit isn’t good for our well-being.*

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Almost half of US consumers wish Twitter didn’t exist

 A survey by The Harris Poll has revealed which social media platforms Americans would most like to ‘kill’ and which they want to keep ‘alive’. It revealed that public perception of Twitter is highly polarised with roughly equal numbers in the US damning it (46%) and supporting it (43%). Tinder was the only platform which fared even worse than Twitter.

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*The platform has come under scrutiny for allowing controversial figures to express their opinions; whilst it has taken measures to try and resolve this (e.g. stricter requirements for verification), it seems that distrust in the platform continues.*

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