This is the fourth issue of Social Media Weekly featuring news about Facebook, GIPHY, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, LinkedIn, France and Snapchat.

Facebook's 'Messenger Rooms' Multi-Participant Video Chat Option is Now Available to All

Facebook's new Messenger Rooms is now available to all users.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebooks-messenger-rooms-multi-participant-video-chat-option-is-now-ava/578074/

Facebook Acquires GIF Platform GIPHY

Facebook has acquired GIF platform GIPHY in a deal reported to be worth around $400 million.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-acquires-gif-platform-giphy-which-powers-gif-search-on-various-pl/578072/

Instagram Launches 'House of Instagram' Brand Advice Hub in Australia

Instagram has launched a new hub of business resources for Australian brands, called 'House of Instagram'.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-launches-house-of-instagram-brand-advice-hub-in-australia/578013/

Instagram adds new anti-bullying features

As part of its anti-bullying efforts, Instagram today announced a series of new features aimed at helping users better manage negative comments as well as highlight positive ones. It’s also adding new controls to manage who can tag or mention you on Instagram, which can be another source of online bullying.

Read more at https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/12/instagram-adds-new-anti-bullying-features-including-tag-controls-comment-management-tools/

LinkedIn Rebrands Editorial Team to LinkedIn News

LinkedIn has re-branded its editorial team in an effort to better represent its evolving mission to connect its users with relevant information.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-rebrands-editorial-team-to-linkedin-news-as-it-continues-to-expand/578006/

Facebook Invests $1 Billion into New Sea Cable to Improve Internet Access in Africa

Facebook is looking to further its mission to connect the world, with the development of a new, billion-dollar sea cable to improve connectivity in Africa.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-invests-1-billion-into-new-sea-cable-to-improve-internet-access-i/578004/

Instagram Officially Launches Option to Share Instagram Live Broadcasts to IGTV

Instagram has added a new option which enables users to save their Instagram Live broadcasts to IGTV, making them available for viewing for longer.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-officially-launches-option-to-share-instagram-live-broadcasts-to/577995/

Snapchat Updates Analytics Layout, Adds 'Quoting' Option to Respond to Replies

Snapchat has rolled out an update to its in-app analytics layout, and added a new 'Quoting' feature to respond to replies in your Story.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/snapchat-updates-analytics-layout-adds-quoting-option-to-respond-to-repl/577930/

France Announces Tough New Content Removal Requirements for Social Platforms

France has announced a new set of laws that will require social media platforms to remove pedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within an hour.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/france-announces-tough-new-content-removal-requirements-for-social-platform/577921/

Facebook launches Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor, in the US

Facebook’s Avatars feature, which lets you customize a virtual lookalike of yourself for use as stickers in comments and Messenger chats, is today launching in the U.S. Essentially Facebook’s version of Snap’s Bitmoji, Avatars were first introduced last year and have been since made available in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada.

Read more at https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/13/facebook-launches-avatars-its-bitmoji-competitor-in-the-u-s/

Instagram now makes it easy to delete troll comments in bulk

Instagram today revealed a series of changes that makes it easier to moderate content on your account.

Read more at https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2020/05/12/instagram-now-makes-it-easy-to-delete-troll-comments-in-bulk/

LinkedIn Launches its Own Polls Option to Facilitate More Engagement

LinkedIn has added its own, native polls option, providing another way to gather feedback, and boost engagement.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-launches-its-own-polls-option-to-facilitate-more-engagement/577824/

Twitter says staff can continue working from home permanently

Earlier today, Jack Dorsey sent an email to Twitter staff, notifying employees that they will be able to  continue working from home as long as they see fit.

Read more at https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/12/twitter-says-staff-can-continue-working-from-home-permanently/

TikTok Changes Rules on Music Usage by Businesses

TikTok has announced a change to its music licensing, which means that commercial entities can no longer use popular tracks in their clips.

Read more at https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/tiktok-changes-rules-on-music-usage-by-businesses/577734/