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Facebook and Twitter offer solutions to their users

The two social media giants have enhanced their features to support content creation

In Summary
  • With Facebook Celebrities will get to enjoy the great news of Facebook banning content that sexually harasses them.
  • On the other end, Twitter launched a program to pay live audio creators.

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The two social media giants Facebook and Twitter have decided to provide solutions to their users. With Facebook Celebrities will get to enjoy the great news of Facebook banning content that sexually harasses them. On the other end, Twitter launched a program to pay live audio creators.

Facebook announced that they would start to remove severe sexualizing content targeting public figures as part of their new update to its bullying and harassment policies. The policy changes include coordinated harassment attacks against users.

The new policy bans sexualized photoshops and drawings as well as any degrading content in the process of bodily functions. Facebook also said that it would remove unwanted sexualized commentary and repetitive attacks harassing and individual sexually.

Its policy announcement comes after a whistleblower, Francis Haugen testified before Congress last week. The hearing had focused on a series of reports from the Wall Street Journal that revealed Facebook executives were aware of the harms its platform could inflict on users, especially teenagers.

The update also includes new language banning large, coordinated attacks on users that are at a heightened risk of offline harm even if the posts or messages do not violate Facebook’s content policies. It includes Facebook and Instagram posts as well as direct messages sent to individuals like government dissidents or victims of violent attacks.

Twitter has on the other hand, said that it will support Twitter Spaces creators through a new three-month accelerator program called the Twitter Spaces Spark Program. This Spark Program is designed to discover and reward around 150 Spaces creators with technical, financial and marketing support.

For anyone who applies and gets in that means that they get a stipend of 2,500 dollars per month, 500 dollars in monthly ad credits to spend promoting your space on twitter, early access to new Twitter features, support from Twitter’s official social media handles and opportunities prioritized in-app discoverability for well performing Spaces.

To be eligible for the program, one needs to have met the following criteria; you must be eighteen years or older, have 5, 000 or more active followers, be located in the United States at least for Twitter’s first Phase of the program and commit to hosting a minimum of two Spaces per week.

This app is offering a slightly different package of perks compared to Clubhouse’s Creator First program from earlier this year. The Creator program focused on connecting live audio creators with brands for sponsorships and building their audiences.

The question what comes after seems to be avoided by Twitter’s accelerator. This is understandable since it is a hard problem to solve. However, it also leaves creators with the same amount of uncertainty about jumping into another opportunity from a social media company.