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Spark Bites: Social Media Haters Going Down

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another installment of Spark Bites by Spark Growth! Maybe it’s the summer heat getting everyone riled up online, but this week’s rollout of social media updates is especially concerned with battling cyber bullies and hate speech.


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Here’s what’s happened in the social media world this past week:


  • Instagram has unleashed a new social media update including a new filter! But it’s not just any typical Instagram filter. This filter will block offensive comments on posts and live videos. You just need to enable it in the settings and voila! Your haters are gone (or at least silenced).
  • On a similar note, Instagram has also stepped up its spam filter tool, which also blocks spam from posts and live videos.
  • Instagram now has a feature to reply to Stories with photos and videos. Not a crazy new development, but it does seem to be another step towards a photo-based chat. One could even go so far as to call it a snap-based chat…










  • Snapchat is getting all kinds of new updates in its ongoing competition with Instagram Stories. Here are some of the cool new things you can now do in the app:
    • Attach a website to your Snap to share links easily.
    • Add a Backdrop to your Snaps — just outline what you want in the foreground and choose a background!
    • Voice Filters, which changes your voice and other sounds.
    • On-Demand Geofilter — pick an area on the map and create a Geofilter for your event right inside Snapchat. The greater the area, the higher the price to pay.

Now how long will it be until we see these on Insta Stories? Anyone want to put down some bets?

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That’s all for this week’s social media updates! We’ll see you back here next Monday for another dose of social media news.