Check out the weekly buzz on our favourite social media platforms, including new features and what’s trending!

4 New Social Updates

New Designs to Instagram Explore

Instagram has announced new designs in Explore to bring the community more ways to discover photos, videos, products and Stories relevant to your interests. The newly designed navigation bar features shortcuts to IGTV and Shopping followed by topic channels tailored to your interests, making it easier to find products and videos from brands and creators you love. These new designs bring much more immersive IGTV and Shopping experiences to Explore. In addition, the newly redesigned Explore grid now feature Instagram Stories, with the grid providing personalised Stories recommendations. This feature is set to roll out over the coming weeks.

Facebook is testing a new layout for the Stories Composer

Facebook is reportedly working on a new layout for its Stories composer to more easily add to a story. With this new layout, users can add text, stickers, effects or draw by tapping at the bottom of the screen. There are also options to apply a “Studio Effect”, and the right-hand sidebar offers shortcuts to add specific Stickers. This redesign is clearly part of Facebook’s continuous efforts to make Stories a much more significant part of its platform and people’s daily sharing of ephemeral content.

The reason why so many Facebook groups changed to secret

If you’re a member of any big Facebook groups, you may have noticed something strange last week. Many groups changed from “closed” to “secret”, pretty much all at once and here’s the reason why. It began when a group calling itself the “Indonesian Reporting Commission” started joining and reporting posts in the Facebook group Crossovers Nobody Asked For, managing to get the group suspended by Facebook. The same happened to several other groups, leading to group admins switching groups to “secret” in a bid to limit the influx of new members, for fear that their groups would be taken down as well. The practice, known as “zuccing”, has become a popular tool used by trolls to target meme groups and pages. While many groups have switched back to “closed” now, a large number of others are still secret and trying to figure out how to proceed from now on.

Facebook launches Disease Prevention Maps

Facebook is launching three types of disease prevention maps to help health organisations plan their public health campaigns and respond to disease outbreaks more effectively. The three maps – population density maps with demographic estimates, movement maps and network coverage maps will help Facebook’s health partners better understand people, where they live, “how they are moving” and “whether they have connectivity.” Together with information from health systems, they can improve the way organisations deliver supplies and respond to outbreaks.

4 Things Trending On Social

R.I.P. Grumpy Cat
Grumpy Cat poses for photos in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Tardar Sauce, better known as internet celebrity “Grumpy Cat” has died at the age of 7 from a urinary tract infection. The famous feline went viral after her photo was posted on Reddit six years ago. The cat proved to have remarkable staying power, remaining a relevant and recognisable brand which enjoyed the free marketing provided by memes. Grumpy Cat will always be remembered, immortalised by millions of meme-creators who found her chronically unhappy face adorable and relatable.

Kim Kardashian Roasted for publicly shaming restaurant
Kim “Can I Speak To The Manager” Kardashian Roasted For Publicly Shaming Restaurant

Kim Kardashian recently took to Twitter to call out something she saw at her local Jack In The Box, an American fast-food chain, mentioning that it was a “serious complaint” and it was something she “observed that affected other customers at this particular location that was concerning.” Following her extremely public complaint, fans began to roast Kim on social media, comparing her to one of those ‘Can I speak to your manager?’ types. Other fast-food chains were quick to join the roast, including Burger King, Wendy’s and Hooters.

Another week, another update on the James Charles-Tati Westbrook scandal

Yep, it’s still going on. James Charles broke his silence over the weekend with a tell-all video of his own. In the video, Charles addressed the allegations made against him by both Tati and fellow beauty blogger Jeffree Star, in particular an incident with a waiter at Westbrook’s birthday party. He also posted a series of tweets explaining the reason behind the video is “NOT to start a war, but to take responsibility for my actions.” Both Westbrook and Star stood by what they said and Star later released a video confessing that he is completely done with the “tea, and the drama.” In a final ceasefire, Charles acknowledged both beauty influencers with a tweet saying he is on board to move on from the drama.

Halsey paid a fan’s speeding ticket because they were listening to her song while driving

Earlier this week, a fan tweeted that they had been given a speeding ticket for the first time ever while driving and listening to Halsey’s new song “Nightmare”. Speeding itself is not OK, but Halsey herself responded to the fan’s tweet, offering to pay for her ticket. An hour later, the fan posted a screenshot of her Venmo account showing a transaction for $250 that apparently came from Halsey. While plenty on Twitter thought Halsey was an angel for paying the ticket, many others also took it as a joke, tweeting to Halsey, asking for financial aid from the singer.