Chinese social commerce comprises 11.6 percent of online sales

Chinese Social Commerce - man and woman using phones in Beijing

Retail sales over this channel have been skyrocketing across the country and will continue growing. Chinese social commerce is rapidly rising and is expected to reach $242.41 billion in 2020, comprising 11.6 percent of the total online retail sales in the country, according to a new eMarketer forecast report. The report predicts that by 2023, the growth rate will bring that figure to almost double that level. The report indicated that Chinese social commerce would continue an extremely rapid rise for retail sales, almost doubling by the close of 2023,…

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Twitter flagged tweet on Trumps account for “glorified violence”

Flagged tweet - President Donald Trump

This was the latest move in an escalating battle between the social media platform and the president. When US President Trump used his Twitter account to say: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” he earned his first flagged tweet that was promptly hidden (though not deleted) for “glorified violence”. The post made reference to the protests regarding the fatal arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis. The post was covered by a disclaimer stating that it violated Twitter’s policies. Even though the flagged tweet was covered,…

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New Facebook Messenger security feature to minimize fake friends and scam risk

Facebook Messenger security - Facebook and Messenger apps

The social media company announced the new machine learning strategy to stop scammers. The leading social media company recently announced a new Facebook Messenger security feature designed to stand in the way of malicious parties seeking to scam the app’s users. The company has turned to machine learning to spot anomalies that suggest scam activity. Facebook Messenger security already conducts scans for suspicious activities. Now, machine learning will be included in those scans to help identify anomalies such as accounts issuing large quantities of requests within a short span of…

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Social commerce growth takes off with help from the pandemic

Social Commerce growth - TikTok app on phone

Many platforms including Instagram, Facebook and TikTok have seen activity rising. The coronavirus pandemic has given quite the shot in the arm to social commerce growth. A number of different platforms have experienced rising shopping activity as more consumers look to digital channels during lockdowns. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as people look for alternatives to in-store purchasing. A number of large, well known online merchants – Amazon in particular – have managed to find themselves in an exceptional position for profit due to the temporary closure…

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Google Chat rebrand takes over old Hangouts name

Google Chat - My G Suite on mobile phone

The old brand has been officially removed from its enterprise G Suite, having fully rebranded. The Hangouts brand has been fully removed from the enterprise G Suite, replacing it with the rebranded Google Chat. The rebranding has arrived on the heels of a similar produce renaming, as the company has launched the name Google Meet in the place of its old Hangouts Meet for its videoconferencing app. The change had previously been suggested in a G Suite support document update, but it is now confirmed. The new Google Chat is…

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