Friday Social: Harry & Meghan’s Instagram Takeover, Snapchat Status, Facebook Fraud and Snooping Partners

Danielle Kaye

April 5th, 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

Harry and Meghan unite on Instagram

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled their own Instagram account @SussexRoyal on Tuesday, breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach one million followers. It’s currently at 3.4million followers, and growing by the day!

The first post – a picture gallery – announces the account as their official Instagram page and showcases the work they are most passionate about including a recent trip to Morocco, Harry’s work with African conservation charities, and Meghan’s project with the Grenfell community.

Harry Meghan

The new Instagram page firms up Harry and Meghan’s social media split from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s household. The existing Kensington Palace Instagram account has now been assigned solely to William and Kate.

Facebook Fraud?

Facebook has been caught asking new users for the passwords for email accounts in order to verify their accounts.

Even though the social media giant said it was only seen by a small number of people and intended to save people an extra step when signing up for a Facebook account, it has now been told to stop this practice after cybersecurity experts condemned it as ‘beyond sketchy’.

It comes just weeks after Facebook was criticised for storing millions of user’s passwords in plain text, which made them potentially readable by hackers or rogue insiders.

Snapchat Status

Snapchat has announced that it is working on a new feature that will let users check-in and tell their friends exactly where they are and what they’re up to.


The new feature, ‘Status’, works on top of the Snap Map, allowing users to post Bitmoji cartoons showing what they are up to, such as playing sports, eating at a restaurant, or working in the office.

It is currently being tested in Australia and if people aren’t put off by their mates knowing a little too much about what they are up to (unlikely…), we could find it making its way to the UK.

Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm

Facebook is launching a new feature in May that explains how its algorithm decides what to display in your News Feed.

A new “Why am I seeing this post?” button allows people find out what activity has influenced Facebook’s algorithm, including more detailed information about what activity has given a specific post to be placed high up on a user’s news feed.

Facebook hopes the explanation will allow users to understand why they are being shown posts they don’t necessarily want to see, and to take action to mute or hide these if they wish.

And finally…

A third of Britons admit to snooping on their partner’s phone and social media to see if they are cheating.

According to a recent survey, 4 in 10 people confessed to spying on their partner’s phone at least once a week, whilst one in five men said they waited until their partner was asleep to use their fingerprint to unlock their phone.


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