Friday Social: Coffee Catastrophe, WhatsApp Push Payments, Twitter’s Retweet Reform and Baby Sussex
- Social Media
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
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’.
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.
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that WhatsApp mobile payments would be launching this year after a successful test phase https://t.co/Ho22bfzKqv
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 8, 2019
Exciting news: Today we are launching the ability to Retweet with GIF, photos, and video!
We find solutions to many challenges as we build for a global, vocal audience. Here is a glimpse into our process as we worked on this feature. https://t.co/PUMr9DRQ0K
— Twitter Engineering (@TwitterEng) May 6, 2019
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.