Donald Trump decided to hunch back to the world of social media after being banned from every platform with a self-dedicated blog leaving no room for comments but for himself!
Also in this week in the tech world, Facebook marked the Mental Health Awareness Month by connecting people to mental health resources around the world to facilitate getting the support people need for themselves and others who might be struggling.
On a side note, Twitter celebrated #WorldPressFreedomDay with a new campaign to shed the spotlight on advocating for a free press around the world.
From apps launches and updates to video games and consoles, here's the gist of all that you might have missed!
Donald Trump Launches His Own Social Media Platform
After getting himself banned from almost all social media platforms, the former US president finally launched his own platform where he can’t obviously be blocked.
According to Albawaba, the platform dubbed as "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" appears on America's 45th president website and per its name, this platform is a ‘one-way communication’ allowing him to post comments, images, and videos with no reply or engaging feature for the audience.
Instagram Rolls Out New Captions Sticker In Instagram Stories
Facebook’s Instagram has officially launched the long awaited caption stickers for stories.
Sound off 🗣— Instagram (@instagram) May 4, 2021
…with sound off 🔇
Now you can add a captions sticker in Stories (coming soon to Reels) that automatically turns what you say into text.
We’re starting in a handful of countries and hope to expand soon. pic.twitter.com/OAJjmFcx4R
According to Social media today, this feature will add auto-generate text captions based on the audio input and is now available in the latest version of the app.
Twitter Celebrates Free Press Day with New Campaign to Support Local Journalists
In celebration of free press day, Twitter announced the rollout of its Clubhouse-like Spaces feature to all users’ accounts with over 600 followers on both iOS and Android.
mic on 🎙️ tap in— Twitter (@Twitter) May 3, 2021
Twitter Spaces is rolling out to more people! now everyone can tap in to join a Space and more of you can host pic.twitter.com/ReSbKTlDCY
Twitter explains in the announcement: ‘From Tweeting to talking, reading to listening, Spaces encourages and unlocks real, open conversations on Twitter with the authenticity and nuance, depth and power only the human voice can bring. Spaces are for small and intimate conversations with just a few others, or for big discussions about what’s unfolding right now with thousands of listeners.’
When creating a space, Users will control who’s speaking, the topics, and can also invite people to jump in by Tweeting or DM’ing them asking them to join.
Also, Twitter launched a campaign called #FollowLocalJournalists on Twitter to spotlight these reporters’ work and increase their audience
In Mental Health Awareness Month, Facebook Rolls out New Emotional Health Resources
To mark the beginning of Health Awareness Month, Facebook dedicated a whole new section in its platform to raise awareness on mental health.
In this section, Facebook gathered resources from experts to take care of users’ emotional health or find help for a friend with self-help tips and ways to manage stress.
However, it seems like WhatsApp has changed its mind and announced that users who don't accept the new policy won't experience any loss of functionality right away, the FAQ now reads. But users will have to accept them eventually as after several weeks, a persistent reminder will appear and the functionality will be limited on WhatsApp until you accept these updates.
Upcoming Video Games, Updates
- PUBG Mobile back to India under the brand name Battlegrounds Mobile India.
- Resident Evil 8: Village [PS5, Xbox Series X, PC] on May 7, 2021
- 'Gotham Knights' Batman game Delayed to 2022
- Marvel’s Avengers [PS5] available until Monday, July 5, 2021
- Borderlands 3 [PS5] available until Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Events to Keep An Eye On:
May 11-12: IBM Think 2021 [Virtual]
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