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YouTube adds swipe-based navigation on mobile – 15.01.19

YouTube adds swipe-based navigation on mobile

The platform has started rolling out an update for iOS devices, giving users a way to view the next video in the list by swiping left or right. Swipe forward to view the next recommended video and backward if you want to resume watching the previous one.

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* The new swipe-based navigation could make it even easier to discover new content on the platform and make it quicker to browse around to find videos to watch. YouTube is most likely hoping that it could lead to longer hours spent on the platform, since it feels more natural swiping on a touchscreen display than having to scroll down and tap on the next video to play.*

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Invite your friends — Facebook Events can now be shared to Stories

Facebook Events are coming to Stories. Facebook says the feature allows users to share in order to find friends interested in joining them at the event. The feature is currently being tested in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil.

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* Facebook has been focused on updating the Stories format since its launch. Recent updates to Facebook Stories include music stickers, archiving, and Group Stories inside the slideshow-like format that’s now widespread across multiple social media networks after being originated by Snapchat.*

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University switches off social media to help student well-being

A university is switching off all its social media channels for a few days as an example to encourage its students to try their own “digital detox”. De Montfort University, in Leicester, wants to highlight how “unrestrained social media use” can be harmful to the mental health of young people.

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* During the days when social media is switched off, there will be a range of physical activities being promoted, such as free gym classes. The library will try to encourage students to go in to look at printed books, rather than reading online. This comes off the back of ongoing conversation surrounding the potential harmful effects of spending too much time on social media.*

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