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The Week That Was: Social (25/01/19)

25th January 2019

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Paint me like one of your Snapchat girls…

Filters and face-altering apps are leading to a rise in facial dysmorphia amongst its users, with avid selfie-takers reaching out to cosmetic surgeons to recreate their favourite filters in real life.

Channel 4 teams up with a defeated Facebook to launch a journalism program

Following the network’s takedown of the social media giant last year through the Cambridge Analytica story, Facebook and Channel 4 have teamed up to create a weekly series funded by Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Influencers face increasing pressure to divulge sponsored content

16 high-profile influencers including Alexa Chung and Zoella are being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority for failure to report paid, sponsored or gifted content. These 16 have now pledged to change their practices around sponsored content.

Facebook’s purge of Russian pages and accounts continues

Following last week’s announcement that hundreds of Facebook accounts has been removed after they were suspected of Russian interference and manipulation, Facebook announced that 289 pages were purged this week. The pages were found to be linked to a Kremlin-supported news site.

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