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US ADULTS PREFER REDDIT OVER FACEBOOK AS A NEWS CONSUMPTION SOURCE, REVEALS A PEW SURVEY

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According to latest survey by Pew Research Center, more than half of US adults get their regular dose of news updates from social media networks. Going by the survey, which was carried out on 4,654 members of Pew’s American Trends Panel, it was observed that 70% of Redditors get news updates from microblogging sites. Over 60% Facebook users get news from the social media network, whereas around 59% of Twitter users get their news updates from there. This leaves us the other social sites like Tumblr at 31%. Surprisingly Instagram is at 23% and believe it or not, YouTube is at 21%. LinkedIn does the catching up at 19% and the same goes for Snapchat at 17%. Vine features towards the end of the list at 14%.

According to Pew report, both YouTube and Twitter had equal amounts of exposure. As far as reach is concerned, YouTube has about 48% of US adults hooked on to its network, with 21% users getting their dose of daily news updates from there. While around 16% of US adults visit Twitter handle frequently, only 59% of them access the network for regular new updates.

Talking about social media as a source of news consumption, Facebook is frequently accessed for general news updates with over 60% US adults visiting the site on a regular basis. 26% of US adults use more than one social network to get their daily dose of news updates, whereas the remaining 10% visit three or more sites.

As per Pew’s latest social media news consumption report, Facebook’s social giant status doesn’t seems to help much as Reddit holds the top position in terms of news consumption on regular basis. This means Facebook is down at the second position, being widely used as a social sharing network. It is followed by Google’s own YouTube channel, which continues to hold the third position despite being viewed as a popular video uploading solution. The question is why YouTube is lagging behind Facebook in terms of news discovery. Credit to Facebook on developing its network as a news discovery channel; but it needs to evolve further if it wants to topple Reddit as the top social media news consumption network.

Reddit Replaces Imgur with One of its Own Image Uploading Solution

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Reddit is parting ways with Imgur – the microblogging site’s image uploading tool, and instead introducing its own image uploading solution for the platform. Initially, Reddit was making the new image uploading tool available only to select communities/sub-redditors.

“Today, we are partnering with mods to launch native image hosting in beta to 16 default communities across Reddit, followed by 50 more next week. In this iteration, native image hosting will support single image and gif uploads”

Reddit’s new image uploading solution is a bit less efficient than Imgur. It allows users to upload high resolution images of up to 20 MB and supports GIF images of up to 100 MB resolution. In comparison, while Imgur allowed users to upload images of the same size, it also allowed uploading GIFs images with higher resolution – up to 200 MB.

It’s quality, not quantity that matters for redditors. As Reddit’s product team member claims, Reddit owned image uploading tool offers users a more seamless navigation experience than third party image hosting services.

Despite that, redditors would still be able to upload snaps to Imgur or through any other source. However, Reddit’s own tool will be now be the default image uploading service on the platform. This may divert users who happen to use the third party services, but its still a win-win situation for Reddit as it doesn’t have to share revenue with Imgur anymore.

At present, Redditors can make use of the image uploading tool through following sub-reddits:

  • GetMotivated
  • EarthPorn
  • Gaming
  • Space
  • OldSchoolCool
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Aww
  • Dataisbeautiful
  • Food
  • Funny
  • Gifs
  • Mildlyinteresting
  • Movies
  • Photoshopbattles
  • pics

Also, it’s important to know that in upcoming weeks there will be an addition of 50 more sub-reddits supporting the tool.

REDDITTERS FINALLY GET RELIEF FROM CONTROVERSIAL SHADOWBAN FEATURE

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Reddit’s Co-founder Steve Huffman and the newly sworn-in CEO brought some changes to Reddit’s dashboard functionality. One of them was replacing the questionable Shadowban with suspension of your existing Reddit account.

Defining Shadowban?

Shadowban is often used to block people, who get caught breaking Reddit’s user guidelines. Hence, shadowbanning a Redditter’s account makes his questionable content invisible to others; only to be seen by him when he logs in to his account. As a result, barring Moderators no one else is allowed to have access to such controversial accounts, which restricts other users from seeing the content they posted and the user page.

If you are not sure about the existing status of your account then just try to search for your profile pages after logging out of your Reddit account. And in case, you are unable to access your existing profile page then chances are your profile may have been shadowbanned. Alternatively, you can also track your account status by using the link /r/shadowban/ and upload your account URL to reveal the true status of your account.

Click here to revoke the shadowbanned status of your account or send your requests to Reddit’s contact e-mail id.

But you no longer need to do that coz Reddit recently announced that Shadowban will now make way for complete suspension of your account, as stated below:

“Today we’re rolling out a new type of account restriction called suspensions. Suspensions will replace shadowbans for the vast majority of real humans and increase transparency when handling users who violate Reddit’s content policy.”

But it’s still not clear what kind of impact it will have on the previously shadowbanned accounts’ status or the possibility of a new move to revoke the shadowbanned status of your accounts.

What Reddit says about it:

The Suspended Account functionalities

  • Only Reddit admin executives have the authority to suspend Reddit accounts and not the moderators.
  • Reddit account holders get notified about the reason and duration of their account suspension.
  • Click here to know more on how users get notified about the suspension of their account.
  • In-turn, suspended users are also allowed to file an appeal against the same.
  • The accounts can be suspended on temporary as well as permanent basis, which completely depends upon the seriousness of the infringement of the Reddit users’ guidelines.

Account Suspension After-Effects

Not only are the suspended users’ accounts narrowed to the read-only status, it also strips them completely of the following activities

  • Barred from Voting
  • Updating posts
  • Making Comments
  • Sending PMs to other users

Besides that, moderators who are passing the suspension term can’t perform any of these forbidden activities.

Click here for more info on the forbidden activities of a suspended account.

Despite that, users are always allowed to edit/delete posts or comments while serving temporary or permanent suspensions.

Desktop users can view a bloop window or a notice page, when they try to perform a forbidden activity. Whereas app users may get notified with an error notification, which varies according to app developers’ requirements.

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