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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 21.02.2018

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

  Get ready for 3D posts in your Facebook News Feed

 After announcing plans to allow 3D objects in Facebook posts at last year’s Oculus Connect conference, Facebook is finally showing off the technology in action.  LEGO, Jurassic Park, Sony, Wayfair and other brands all released posts today with embedded, rotatable 3D objects.

Read more here. 

* There are huge opportunities for Facebook if it can make this work. It could leave other social networks in the dust by offering the most futuristic ways to share. Facebook has been aggressive about adopting new content formats like 360 photos, Live videos and GIFs in an effort to remain appealing to the younger demographic. *

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 Twitter updates its policy on tweets that encourage self-harm and suicide 

Twitter has updated its guidelines with more information on how it handles tweets or accounts that encourage other people to hurt themselves or commit suicide. Twitter says offenders may be temporarily locked out of their account the first time they violate the policy and their tweets encouraging self-harm or suicide removed. Repeat offenders may have their accounts suspended.

Read more here.  

*Many of Twitter’s critics still believe the platform doesn’t do enough to enforce its anti-harassment measures – will the introduction of these guidelines be enough to silence the critics, and prove that Twitter is taking their responsibilities as a social media platform seriously?*

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BBC News embraces VR with 360 film immersing viewers in the River Nile

The BBC is launching Damming The Nile VR, a two-part virtual reality news documentary series exploring the water politics of the river Nile. Produced by BBC VR Hub and BBC News, the two-part series is available now through a new BBC VR app on the Oculus Gear VR store.

Read more here.  

* This is the first of the major channels to adopt VR as part of their user offering – it will be interesting to see how this series is received by viewers, and if successful, whether other outlets will follow suit. *

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