Weekend Digital Media Round-Up: Youtube Now Lets You Pause Comments On Videos, WhatsApp Adds View Once Feature To Voice Messages, Instagram Launches New ‘Close Friends Only’ Podcast To Showcase Celebrity Users More…

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  • December 9, 2023,

1.Youtube Now Lets You Pause Comments On Videos

YouTube announced today a new comment moderation setting, “Pause,” letting creators and moderators prevent viewers from adding new comments yet keep existing comments on videos. [Source: TechCrunch]

2. WhatsApp Adds View Once Feature To Voice Messages

Users can now share sensitive information through voice messages, such as reading out credit card details to a friend or planning a surprise, with the assurance that the content will vanish after playback. [Source: Social Samosa]

3. Instagram Launches New ‘Close Friends Only’ Podcast To Showcase Celebrity Users

Instagram has launched a new podcast called “Close Friends Only”, which it says will present “the latest on culture – from memes and icks, to fashion and friendship – all from your favorite celebrities.” [Source: Social Media Today]

4. Meta Announces Default End-To-End Encryption For Messenger

Meta announces new security update for Messenger, introducing default end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls. This feature adds an extra layer of security, protecting user’s content from the moment it leaves their device to when it reaches the recipient’s device. Other features include delivery controls and app lock for added privacy. [Source: Times Of India]

5. Google Launches Exciting Emoji-Centric Features As RCS Messaging Reaches One Billion Active User Milestone

To get bigger emojis, Google rolled out Animated Emojis which transform any small-sized one that is bigger, better, and animated version. [Source: Digital Information]

6. Snapchat Launches Snapchat+ Gift Memberships For Christmas

Users can now purchase a Snapchat+ subscription gift card with your choice of card design, which then enables the recipient to quickly and easily sign-up to Snap’s add-on subscription tier. [Source: Social Media Today]

7. Snap Launches Its First Virtual Make-Up Product With e.l.f. Cosmetics

Snapchatters can now claim a free digital version of e.l.f. Cosmetics’ new O Face Satin Lipstick for their in-app avatars (or Bitmoji personas). The move marks a notable step in Snapchat’s virtual fashion strategy as the company bets on the growing importance of digital avatars. [Source: Media Post]

8. Google Ads Updates Cryptocurrencies And Related Products Policy

Advertisers will need to be certified and meet Google’s specific requirements. The new policy takes effect in January 2024. [Source: Search Engine Land]

9. Meta To Remove Cross-App Messaging Between Facebook And Instagram

Meta says that any existing cross-app chats will become read-only, which essentially means that they’ll remain archived, but will no longer be active. [Source: Social Media Today]

10. X Users Can Now Broadcast Community Posts To Followers

Users can opt to broadcast a community post by selecting the “Also send to followers” option while posting within a community, and the post will be visible on the user’s profile. To engage with a broadcasted community post, users can quote it. [Source: Social Samosa]

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