Twitter’s misinformation battle, TikTok MiniGames, and Instagram story feeds

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This week we have some interesting news coming your way; in light of the current political landscape, Twitter has begun lashing out against misinformation, TikTok is teasing users about getting games put onto the platform, and Instagram is shaking things up with their story feeds. اضافة اعلان

So, let’s jump into the freshest app news this week.

Misinformation and Twitter: Adding fuel to the fire

Twitter has established a new policy to combat disinformation in times of crisis; if tweets are found to be propagating disinformation, the site will prevent their dissemination.

Twitter’s head of safety and integrity recently stated in a blog post that Information moderation involves more than merely leaving up or taking down content.

Twitter has broadened the spectrum of possible actions to ensure that they are appropriate to the seriousness of the potential harm.

During an emergency, hoaxes and other disinformation are prevalent, as individuals rush to distribute information without fully checking its reliability.

According to the new policy, tweets labeled as disinformation will not necessarily be removed or banned; rather, Twitter will include a warning label. Users will be required to click a button before the message is displayed, similarly to how pornographic photos are already suppressed on the site.

Misinformation postings will also be barred from promotion.

Initially, these stricter regulations will only apply during times of crisis, much like the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

The regulation comes at a precarious and inopportune moment for the platform, which is in uncertainty due to Elon Musk’s temporarily stalled takeover of the firm.

TikTok MiniGames: A teaser of things to come

Imagine jumping onto TikTok to play games instead of watching short videos for hours on end.

Well, now you can — the app is now testing games in Vietnam, according to Reuters.

TikTok is preparing a big push into mobile gaming, with a business official reportedly revealing that HTML5 mini-games are being tested. And sources have said that the app launched ad-supported games based on the library of its parent firm, ByteDance.

It’s important to remember that it collaborated with Feeding America last year to create Garden of Good, a FarmVille-like experience in which users can earn points and donate them.

TikTok also collaborated with FarmVille creator Zynga to create an HTML5-based endless runner for the app Disco Loco 3D.

TikTok is not a stranger to gaming streaming software either; the app provides “Live Studio” for PCs and allows certain artists to incorporate mini-apps in their movies.

According to sources online, TikTok may expand into live streaming with new games and experiences to enable broadcasters to interact with viewers. A Pictionary-style game is one example, and buying during live streams is another.

The presumed purpose of all of this is for ByteDance to generate additional income and increase the length of time consumers spend using TikTok.

Instagram expanding its ‘Stories’ feature

Instagram’s “Stories” feature has been a smash for the company, with many users disregarding standard Instagram posts entirely in favor of the stories stream.

Users may now upload up to 100 stories each day, and followers must tap through all of them or swipe to the next story.

But with the latest update, Instagram will only show three stories, and viewers must hit a “Show All” button to see more; otherwise, Instagram will automatically go on to the next person’s story.

It’s an intriguing approach, and we can see the reasoning behind it; viewers will be able to get to the information they are interested in faster and then opt for more if they wish.

However, it might be highly frustrating for users and will surely impact how the tool is utilized. Users will witness a significant decline in views after the first three stories, so they will be incentivized to either limit their material to three stories or move critical elements into the first three stories.

Those accustomed to exceeding the daily limit of 100 stories will certainly feel penalized by the move. It also makes Q&As, which are regularly held under Instagram’s stories feature, less accessible.

As of the writing of this article, it appears that just a few people have gotten the update. As a result, we believe Instagram is testing the waters before committing to a bigger roll-out. And we will be watching to see how it progresses.

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