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Newsletter: The Convosphere Friday Five 27.07.2018

  1. Instagram has recently started running a new feature that shows your friends when you’re currently using the app. Active users are now identified with a green light indicator in the direct messages section, but if you’d rather scroll at your own discretion, here is a quick guide on how to go incognito. Just remember: if you don’t want to be stalked, you also won’t be able to stalk others!
  2. If you were thrilled by our case study on how social listening could have predicted the American Elections, stay tuned. The “How Africa Tweets 2018” report, by the international agency Portland, has shown the impacts of fake news and how bots became an influential voice in the continent’s politics. Read the full report here!
  3. Apparently, Facebook users are not the only ones concerned about data privacy. This article explains why China’s tech-savvy millennials are quitting WeChat afraid that the platform hands their data to the Chinese authorities. If you live in China, we’d love to hear your opinion too!
  4. We’re 6 months away from New Year’s Eve, but if you’re a tech nerd like us, you’ll love these AI and Machine Learning predictions for 2019, including some forecasts on how Kia and Hyundai cars may be in the future! Spoiler: they won’t fly (yet).
  5. Talking about AI, the latest study by LoupVentures may have spiced things up in the battle of digital assistants. According to results, Google Assistant was the only one able to understand 100% of the questions correctly. However, when it came to answering the queries correctly, all four assistants tested (Google, Siri, Cortana and Alexa) have shown much lower success rates. Want to know the real winners? Find out here!