News & Reviews: Social media
Oct 28, 2023
X (formerly Twitter) has been working hard on monetising its platform since Elon Musk took over. Earlier this week, Musk announced that a cheaper subscription tier would be available soon. That happened earlier today, as the company announced two new subscription plans.
Aug 07, 2023
With X (Twitter) losing its user base, you'd think Threads was well-positioned to take over. But that's not the case, with the latter's daily active user count falling by over 80% within a month. Fortunately, an upcoming update could turn things around.
Aug 04, 2023
When Threads first launched, it was met with hype and excitement for Internet users to explore the platform. However, half of the daily active users on Threads were gone after a week, and right now, the platform continues to drop drastically before reaching a month.
Jul 29, 2023
X's problems are far from over, and it's funny to see Twitter's rebranding making more headlines. The platform's icon change alone seems to have resulted in some weird problems, including security-related ones.
Jul 22, 2023
Twitter recently announced that free Twitter users will have more limitations put upon them, namely, more daily limits on the number of DMs or Direct Messages that they can send. According to an official tweet from Twitter Support, the move is to help reduce spam, but it seems like another incentive to sign up for the verified version of Twitter, which is Twitter Blue.
Jul 18, 2023
It's been more than a week since Threads by Instagram launched. As always, it was met with enthusiasm on how it would compete with Twitter. It even crossed over 100 million users in just five days but it seems that the hype has gone down considerably.
Jul 02, 2023
Twitter users are ironically taking to the platform to express their frustrations at Elon Musk’s recent decision to aggressively limit how many tweets users can view per day. Allegedly implemented temporarily to address “extreme levels of data scraping”, verified accounts are now limited to 6000 posts per day, unverified accounts to 600 per day and new unverified accounts to 300 per day.
The latest in a flurry of changes to the platform since Musk’s takeover, many have expressed willingness to switch to a competing app. Well, Meta may take this opportunity to expedite the release of its Twitter competitor, Threads. In fact, the app briefly appeared on Google Play yesterday.
Jun 08, 2023
When you browse through social media, you'll often come across content that are just no good. This includes cyberbullying, discrimination, insults, and scams. Case in point, this tasteless joke about the missing MH370 flight by stand-up comedian Jocelyn Chia that went viral earlier today. She has since deactivated some of her social media accounts, but the backlash was bad.
As you can tell, this is a classic example of a social media content that's unacceptable. And there are plenty of these, especially on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. It's important to know how you can report them, so here's how you can report posts on most social media platforms.
Jun 05, 2023
One of the things we always encounter in Malaysia is scams. Some are through phone calls or emails, while others try to trick us via social media platforms. And of the many popular platforms, Facebook seems to be the most scam-ridden.
May 12, 2023
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) recently announced that it will take “stern action” against social media platforms and certain applications that “have not been effective at self-regulating the use of their platforms in line with Malaysia’s laws and national interests”. This is in response to 11858 scam complaints, RM1.2 billion in losses and 2125 reported fake news as of April 2023.