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Inside Social (Apr 15th, 2019)

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1. Facebook might be testing a carousel-like interface for both News Feed posts and Stories, combined. The company says it is not testing the feature publicly, but a code detective found it in the Facebook Android app, and posted some examples of how it would work on Twitter. The move would be in line with Mark Zuckerberg's recent statements about pivoting toward private interactions, and the company's push to rebuild WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook with the same underlying architecture. It would also shift away from the vertical scroll of the News Feed to the popular, tappable Stories format. – THE VERGE

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3. There's reportedly been a near total mutiny and meltdown of morale at mobile-social gaming company HQ, and the search is on for a new CEO. Employees have quietly tried to revolt against CEO Rus Yusupov, who last week fired original host Scott Rogowsky — and who no longer faced a possible ouster by co-founder Colin Kroll after Kroll's untimely death in December. And staffers say that Yusupov has been too slow to roll out changes and is driving the company into the ground as its user base quickly dwindles. Next up will be the launch of a new interactive show about viral videos called HQ Editor's Picks, which shows the company trying to expand beyond mobile gaming. – TECHCRUNCH

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4. In its effort to attract more US users, TikTok hired "campus talent ambassadors" at more than a dozen university campuses this semester. The company put up job listings in February for students at 17 colleges in Illinois and Florida, including Northwestern University, University of South Florida, Florida State University, and the University of Chicago. These brand ambassadors are meant to provide incentives to fellow students for downloading the TikTok app and uploading content, including branded merch and free slices of pizza. The company also posted TikTok booths on campus at several schools including the University of North Florida and Florida Atlantic University. – ADWEEK

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5. Facebook is following through on a proposed change to who is allowed to post live-streamed content following the New Zealand shooting. As COO Sheryl Sandberg had hinted in recent weeks, Facebook is going to be disallowing users who have previously violated the site's community guidelines from posting live-streams. – BUSINESS INSIDER

6. Match Group announced a restructuring of the company and the hiring of three new general managers to focus on user growth in Asia. Seeing large potential growth for apps like Tinder and Match in Japan, India, and South Korea, the company is expanding its corporate presence in those countries. – TECHCRUNCH

7. Facebook has just named its first African American female board member, Peggy Alford, who's a senior executive at PayPal.

8. Without offering any explanation, Facebook acknowledged Sunday that it was recovering from an outage that once again affected users of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

9. Ahead of Pinterest's IPO, one analyst is already taking a neutral position on the stock, saying that its initial share price range is on the high side.

10. The UK's data watchdog may push Facebook to remove its "Like" button for users under the age of 18, and urge Snapchat to remove its addictive Streaks function. 

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Inside Social and Inside Beer are written and curated by Jay Barmann. Jay spent eight years covering the social media space and the tech world in general for SFist.com, the San Francisco branch of Gothamist, where he served as editor-in-chief and covered the food and beverage scene. As editor of Grub Street San Francisco, he covered food and booze stories around the Bay Area. As a freelance writer he has also written for SF Weekly, 7x7, Curbed SF, Eater SF, Eventbrite, New York Magazine, and San Francisco Magazine, among others, and in his spare time he edits the blog OpeningNightSF. Follow him on Instagram at @conflator or Twitter at @jaybarmann.

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