This week's social news. (Week of Nov 18-24, 2021)
Seriously, where do I begin?
Ok. So, here's the social news for your week. It's a f**king busy week, so strap in and let's gooooooooo!
Have you ever wanted to just quit social media? Well, bath bomb and ethical skincare company, Lush Cosmetics, has vowed to quit Facebook, Instagram and TikTok starting this week until those platforms promise a safer space for its users. While I applaud them for taking a stand on something that is very important, I wonder if it will actually make an impact. Do you think other companies will follow suit?
In related news, there is a coalition of state attorneys general launching an investigation into Instagram and the negative effects it may have on young people. Did they listen to our last podcast episode?? 🤷♀️
In news that is absolutely not surprising, Instagram is getting rid of the “Threads” app, which if you're wondering, “what is the threads app?”, you are not alone. It was a message app that was designed to stay in touch with your “close friends” on Instagram, sort of mimicking Snapchat's messaging, but since Instagram already has messages, there was no need download an entirely different app in the first place.
I'm sure some of you saw Mark Zuckerberg playing with haptic gloves by himself on social media. While all this talk about the metaverse has been exciting, are we jumping the gun? Meta notes: "Some of the technologies needed to deliver believable haptic experiences in virtual and augmented reality don’t exist yet, but RL Research keeps pushing the state of the art forward, creating new breakthroughs to make haptic gloves a reality." In other words, don't hold your breath for this new era of technology.