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Instagram to change stories algorithm after suppressing “pro-Palestinian” messages

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Instagram is changing the way it showcases political content by altering its algorithm.

This comes after the social media platform was called out for suppressing “pro-Palestinian” messages, during the recent Gaza conflict.

Employees raised concerns over the reach of pro-Palestinian content during the conflict in Gaza.

The app had favoured original content in its “stories” feature over existing and re-shared posts but will now give them equal treatment.

The proposed algorithm change will now essentially mean Instagram will rank original and re-shared posts on the same level.

The change will affect original and reposted content in Instagram’s Stories section.

During the conflict, social media platforms were heavily used to spread messages of support on both sides.

American supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, criticised Israel’s actions in Gaza that sparked an uproar from Israeli celebrities and influencers on instagram.

“The way my heart feels.. To be around this many beautiful, smart, respectful, loving , kind and generous Palestinians all in one place… it feels whole ! We are a rare breed!!” Hadid wrote on Instagram.

“It’s free Palestine til Palestine is free!!!”

An Instagram spokesperson told the Financial Times that more users had been sharing posts about the recent conflict in Gaza. 

Many pro-Palestinian messages were among those widely re-shared.

“Stories that re-share feed posts aren’t getting the reach people expect them to, and that’s not a good experience,” the Instagram spokesperson told the FT.

“Over time, we’ll move to give equal weighting to re-shared posts as we do originally-produced stories.”

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Food delivery drone crashes into powerlines

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Thousands of people have been left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines

Power was restored after 45 minutes after the drone made a pre-cautionary landing.

‘Wing’ is the company behind the incident who use drones for their food delivery services.

A spokesperson for Energex, the company who supplies power to the 300-affected homes says drones can be dangerous.

It’s believed these instances are very rare and the meal was still hot when emergency crews arrived at the scene.

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Meta’s hiring freeze a result of economic slowdown

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Meta’s hiring freeze is the latest indication that even tech giants are feeling the pinch of the struggling economy

META’S HIRING FREEZE | Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told employees the company is going on a “hiring freeze.”

He says there might also be more layoffs in the future and pointed the blame at the global economy and Apple.

Meta’s revenue has been taking a hit because of the global economic slowdown, and Apple’s recent change to its ad tracking policies hasn’t helped matters either.

Mark Zuckerberg

As a result, Meta’s stock price has plunged more than 50% this year.

In May, Zuckerberg warned that Meta might have to make some “tough choices” in the form of layoffs.

But by June, he sounded more optimistic, saying that Meta was “well-positioned” to weather the economic storm.

Now it looks like those tough choices are finally being made.

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Apple exec fired over crude TikTok video

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Apple’s vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has been fired from the company after his crude remarks in a TikTok interview went viral

Apple has fired its vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins for making crude comments in a viral TikTok video.

It all started with an interview that went horribly wrong. Creator Daniel Mac posted a video where he asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins response didn’t reference anything respectable.

“I race cars and play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends But I take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins replied.

The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

The video didn’t identify Blevins by name and didn’t reference his position at Apple, though Blevins does note that his job offers “a hell of a dental plan.”

But Apple moved quickly to fire Blevins, saying the comments don’t align with their values and respect of women.

Apple is known for being a family-friendly company, so it’s no surprise that they wouldn’t want an employee making crude jokes on TikTok.

This just goes to show that you should be careful what you say on social media.

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