TikTok launches content filters and ratings, Instagram expands access to reels templates, and The 2022 Emmy Award Nominees are out

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Blog

WHAT’S NEW IN SOCIAL

TIKTOK LAUNCHES CONTENT FILTERS AND RATINGS TO HELP PROTECT USERS FROM POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE AND HARMFUL CONTENT

Say goodbye to unwanted content on your feed.

TikTok is launching a new tool that allows users to automatically filter out videos with certain words or hashtags from showing up in their feeds which will roll out to everyone in the coming weeks. 

Users will have the ability to filter specific hashtags via the ‘Details’ tab when actioning a clip. In their settings, they can indicate the hashtags that they don’t want to see, and simultaneously block content containing chosen key terms within the description.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TikTok is also introducing “Content Levels”, a system that would restrict certain types of mature content from being viewed by teen users.

TikTok explains:

“In the coming weeks, we’ll begin to introduce an early version to help prevent content with overtly mature themes from reaching audiences between ages 13-17. When we detect that a video contains mature or complex themes, for example, fictional scenes that may be too frightening or intense for younger audiences, a maturity score will be allocated to the video to help prevent those under 18 from viewing it across the TikTok experience.”



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together, these new features are designed to give users more control over their TikTok experience while making the app safer, especially for younger users.

INSTAGRAM EXPANDS ACCESS TO REELS TEMPLATES

Running out of creative ideas for reels? Instagram is now expanding access to the Reels templates and adding the option on the Reels camera. The platform started testing this option last April and was initially available to a selected number of users. 

The new ‘Templates’ option within the Reels camera enables you to select a format for your Reel based on popular content. It takes users through a step-by-step process to easily create similar content.

Here’s a preview of the templates option:

In addition to the Template option, Instagram will also now recommend songs for your content, based on your video.

TWITTER ROLLS OUT ‘UNMENTION’ FEATURES TO ALL USERS

We all agree with Twitter— “Sometimes you want to see yourself out”.

Twitter is giving you full control over your mentions with its new ‘Unmention’ feature, which gives all users the ability to leave conversations they no longer feel comfortable taking part in.

This feature unlinks your Twitter handle from the Twitter thread. Your username is untagged from the original tweet and replies, users won’t be able to mention you again on the same thread, and you’ll no longer receive notifications about the exchange.

This is designed to keep the replies and notifications at bay and prevent “unwanted attention” that can often lead to harassment. Bid farewell to the drama and say hello to peace of mind.

TWITTER TESTS OUT COLLABORATIVE TWEETS

With collaboration in the spotlight of almost every social platform, Twitter joins the party with its new CoTweet feature. This feature would enable users to invite another account to contribute to a single tweet. It aims to share the spotlight, showcase contributions, and engage with more people. 

It’s still in the testing phase so not everyone has this option, but if you do, you simply have to select the option, which then sends an invitation to accept or decline the creation to the other user.

Twitter explains:

“We’re continuously exploring new ways for people to collaborate on Twitter. We’re temporarily testing CoTweets to get more insight into how and why people and brands might use a feature like this to collaborate together and learn more about how it could help accounts grow new followers.”

WHAT’S TRENDING ON SOCIAL

THE TELEVISION ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2022 EMMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The nominees for this year’s Emmys are out!

The HBO show “Succession” was the most-nominated program of 2022 with 25 nominations, including outstanding drama. “Ted Lasso” and the “The White Lotus” came in second with 20 nominations.

Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary), Julia Garner (Ozark, Inventing Anna), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Zendaya (Euphoria), and Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) are some of the actors who received multiple nominations. 

Watch the full list here:


PARAMOUNT RELEASES “ORPHAN: FIRST KILL” TRAILER

Esther is back! 

More than a decade had already passed and no one really imagined that we’d be reuniting with one of the most famous horror icons (and for some, their childhood nightmare).

Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role in the 2009 Film orphan, continuing her saga as the psycho killer, Esther. This prequel film would take us back to the story of her first kill, as the name of the film suggests, and hopefully answer some questions from years ago, like how she came to be the killer that she is. 

Orphan: First Kill hits select theaters and digital platforms on August 19 — the same day it streams on Paramount+.

Watch the trailer at your own risk.

iOS 16 INCLUDES THE LOCK FEATURE FOR HIDDEN AND RECENTLY DELETED ALBUMS

A hidden feature that’s actually hidden? Finally! After a thousand updates, the long-requested feature is almost here. 

In this upcoming update, Apple users now have the ability to lock hidden and recently deleted photos on iPhone. By default, the albums are locked and Face ID, Touch ID, or the device’s passcode is required to access them. There’s still the option to turn off the authentication in case you prefer to keep them unlocked (but do you really?).


It took you long enough, Apple. But still, we’re grateful. 

EMOJIPEDIA UNVEILS NEW EMOJIS

Emojipedia gives netizens a sneak peek at new possible emoji additions that will be available for iOS and Android once approved and released in September 2022. 


Here’s how the internet reacted:











 

 

 

 

 

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