Friday Social: Coffee Catastrophe, WhatsApp Push Payments, Twitter’s Retweet Reform and Baby Sussex

Danielle Kaye

May 10th, 2019

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Our #FridaySocial is a weekly round-up of the key social media news stories from the previous seven days. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via Twitter – @Umpf / @daniiyk

Baby Sussex

This week saw the Royal Family reign over social media with their good news. Monday 6th May saw the world rejoice as the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy – later being named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Prince Harry and Meghan, who had decided not to learn the gender of their baby beforehand, announced the birth on their Instagram account with the words: “It’s a BOY!”, adding that they were ‘overjoyed’.

IG Boy

WhatsApp Push Payments

Facebook has chosen London as a key hub for the development of its new WhatsApp mobile payment feature, boosting the city’s hopes of becoming a global fintech hub and signalling the company’s commitment to monetising the growing platform.

Around 100 people will be hired in the city to lead the new payment push, expanding the team by around 25%.

Zuckerberg confirmed that WhatsApp mobile payments would launch in several countries in 2019 following an initial trial in India and will allow users to easily send money to someone as it is to send a photo.

Retweets Reformed

In a small but useful update this week, Twitter users can now add images, videos and GIFs to quote tweets!

Twitter has rolled out this feature across Android, iOS, and its mobile website.


Coffee Catastrophe

Eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans noticed something out of place during a feast scene in this week’s episode.

Photos and videos of the moment went viral on social media within hours of the show airing, with many speculating that the modern-day coffee cup label showcased the iconic green siren from Starbucks, resulting in the Seattle coffee cup chain receiving billions in free advertising – but turns out it was just a non-branded craft cup.


And finally…

Some WhatsApp users might have to soon look for an alternative chat app following an announcement that the popular social media platform will be withdrawing support for all smartphones running on Windows operating systems by the end of the year.

Access to the app has already been withdrawn for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia Series 40 operating system, BlackBerry OS and Blackberry 10 – and in February 2020, will also prevent users on Android versions 2.3.7 and older or iOS 7 and older from using WhatsApp.

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