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Welcome back to another week of Spark Bites, your source of weekly social media updates! We’ve got some tasty treats on the menu for you today: Facebook is releasing a video ad program called Spotlight and giving Android users some more privacy, Snapchat has updated their Explore education courses, and Instagram is introducing donate stickers in stories and Instagram TV previews in your news feed! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the social media news we’ve prepared for you....

Welcome back Spark Bites readers! This week is a fully-loaded 411 of what’s new in the social media sphere, so let’s jump right in. YouTube is tightening its monetization policy to cut down on explicit content, Facebook is cooking up a new feature aimed at centennials, and Twitter admits to a years-long security breach. Read on to get the low down in this week’s Spark Bites! ...

Welcome to this week’s edition of Spark Bites! We have exciting news from the world of social networks — for starters, more than one of them has taken augmented reality to a whole new level. Read on to find out more! Facebook   Facebook is launching a “Snooze” button, which you can use to mute content from a friend, group, or page. Posts from the muted account won’t appear on your newsfeed for 30 days. This gives us another more subtle alternative to unfriending and blocking.   The social network has launched an AR platform to allow developers (or anyone, for that matter) to create AR experiences for Facebook Camera. These 3rd party AR creations will be part of the platform’s “World Effects” feature, which all users can apply to their photos or videos. Now that’s what we call taking the AR social...

Every Halloween we take the opportunity to celebrate the spooky, the creepy and everything else that goes bump in the night. This time around though, we’re looking back on some downright eerie marketing stunts that left us in unpleasant bewilderment. Here are some of the past year’s scariest social media mistakes! What Were You Thinking?!? GIF from Inconvenientsequel GIFs   1. Dove’s Skin-Color Controversy Dove’s October campaign showing a black woman removing her shirt to reveal a white woman is still fresh in everyone’s minds. Despite allegedly positive intentions, the ad was perceived to be a tasteless allusion to the idea that dark skin is inferior to light, and unfortunately evoked an unsettling history of racist ads in the soap industry. Dove quickly issued an apology for the offense that was caused, and we hope they’ll look more critically at the potential negative connotations...