ChatGPT wants your social media job

...but are you going to fight for it?

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In the news this week… Well, we have LOTS to talk about…

  • Twitter went full TikTok.

  • YouTube creators are furious

  • ChatGPT Pro is already a thing

…More on all those stories and more in a moment.



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Right then… Let’s get into it. These were the hottest headlines in social this week:


  1. Meta Announced New Limits on Targeting Teens with Ads [BANISHED]

  2. Twitter Rolls Out Default TikTok-Style ‘For You’ Feed [FED UP]

  3. YouTube Creators Outraged As Updated Profanity Policy Wrecks Havoc [WTF**K!]

  4. Major U.S. Lawsuit Labels Social Media Platforms Dangerously Addictive ‘Defective Products’ [REFUND PLEASE]

  5. YouTube Finalises Launch of Shorts Revenue Share to Take on TikTok [‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’]

My RSS feeds got a refresh this week. New news sources added (200+ sources). You know the drill! Here are the most noteworthy developments I spotted worthy of your attention:

Instagram is removing the Shopping tab (‘+’ create button takes its place)... An internal Meta staff survey leak revealed employees are not optimistic about Zuck’s plans… You can now let Meta Quest track your heart rate data (I’ll pass thanks)... Facebook is testing an engagement bot for Groups… Instagram is working on a text only mode for posts.

Twitter may soon let you bid for and buy popular @-names (smart idea)... Twitter Coins and Tweet Awards are in the works (Reddit vibes)... Twitter looks likely to offer an annual Twitter Blue plan… Quote Retweets have been renamed ‘Quotes’... Elon Musk revealed plans for long tweets, bookmarks, tweet formatting… Twitter verification badges are changing again! (subtle though. Barely noticeable!)


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TikTok’s Talent Manager Portal launched to make it easier for brands to collab with megastars… And for FYP addicts, TikTok is adding a ‘Sleep reminders’ feature… YouTube added Shorts features for creators, including more analytics and cover image creation tools… Snapchat added ‘Trending’ + ‘‘Favourite’ music tabs.

You can now register your interest for ChatGPT Pro. A new premium paid version of the viral AI tool… Did you know… CapCut has a Creators Program that pays cash awards… Also, you can register interest in CapCut Pro… And finally… The UK could jail social media company execs who break new child safety laws (if it finally gets round to approving the new Online Safety Bill.)


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Geekout’s analysis of the hottest stories in social coming up next 👇

– Matt

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It's been impossible to ignore the excitement around A.I.-written content since OpenAI launched ChatGPT late last year. Now it's announced a paid-for Pro version that promises unlimited, speedy, more reliable use of the app.

But given that ChatGPT can produce some pretty impressive writing if you give it the right prompts, should social media managers be worried that the creative side of their jobs could soon be outsourced to A.I.?

...nah, probably not. Let's face it, only a really reckless boss would fully automate the creativity of their social posts. Where ChatGPT and tools like it could be really useful is:

  • Inspiration: Give it some prompts, see what it comes up with and tweak the results or just bounce off them to come up with something better - great for those days when your brain just can't think of anything.

  • Volume: Save time by using it to come up with variants on the copy for a post

  • Optimise: Feed it your idea and then see if it can make the results snappier

It's worth experimenting with ChatGPT, but don't expect it to save you hours of painstaking creative work just yet. With the right prompts, it could be a useful copilot for generating and tweaking ideas. You'll still probably need that human spark of inspiration to make an idea really stand out, though.

Social tools are already starting to emerge that take advantage of this tech - take a look further up the newsletter.

While it's still early days for tools like this, I expect the social media management software we rely on for posting and scheduling will eventually integrate ChatGPT-like tools that are tuned to social media use cases and include things like customisable brand safety controls.

But even if we get to the point where these tools can write and schedule great posts all by themselves, they'll still just be tools to enhance your job and save you time. Even the best A.I. generated idea will benefit from that flash of human talent to REALLY take off with your audience.

Has YouTube been taken over by a particularly prissy primary school teacher?

News broke last week about a change to YouTube's approach to profanity. Wanting to keep things clean for advertisers, the platform now demonetises videos with profanity in the first seven seconds.

Not only that, but even profanity as mild as 'crap', right through to the f-word and beyond are treated equally. AND the issue affects creators' old videos, not just their newly uploaded ones.

To say YouTube has messed this up is an understatement. Eurogamer focused on the impact on gaming YouTubers. One creator said that they reached out for help from YouTube support for the issue, but that only seemed to make matters worse, with many more of their videos subsequently demonetised for "light-hearted swearing".

But it's not just gamers. I've heard from some very well-known creators in other fields who have had content demonetised as a result of the prudish new approach.

Hopefully YouTube rethinks this one, as it's not at all clear how the change really benefits anyone but the most pearl-clutching of advertisers, and stripping creators of revenue is unlikely to make them want to stick around.

Let's take a step back from all the organisational chaos that continues at Twitter (there's a summary further down the newsletter if that interests you), and look at some of the latest changes Elon Musk has made to the app.

The days of long, limited testing periods seem to be gone - Musk's Twitter ships new features widely as soon as they're ready, which may or may not be a good thing. But if you're a geek who likes to try new things, it at least means you don't get bored.

The big new thing this week for iOS users was a new tabbed design that forces the algorithmic feed on you first, whether you like it or not. Hilariously, it's now called 'For You', although the Twitter algorithm is nowhere near as magical as TikTok's.

While the algorithm used to be the default, you could switch–and stick–to the latest-first feed if you wanted it - and many pro users did that because they want to know what's happening NOW, not what got a lot of likes and retweets 12 hours ago.

You can see why Twitter wants to force the algorithm on everyone. It means they can prioritise Twitter Blue subscribers in the feed and juice engaging tweets to make users stick around longer, but it risks making Twitter less of a 'now' platform.

The added effort of switching across every time you want to see the latest tweets could lead even pro users to check that feed less, which in time could incentivise them to post about less breaking news, as the engagement on brand new tweets will be lower.

While Elon wants some of the magic of TikTok, he might end up with a feed as stale as Facebook's. Or, as I put it earlier this week, a really shit version of TikTok.

Other platform-transforming changes to look out for include:

Maybe you love these changes, but there's no doubt Twitter has had a huge vibe shift–and not necessarily for the better–since Musk took over.

It seems many Twitter addicts have just decided to keep using the platform until it dies, no matter how bad it gets. But with advertisers still unconvinced, that might not count for much.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has broken the world record for the largest loss of personal fortune in history. And as his halo of hype fades (thanks in no small part to his Twitter antics), he may never regain the top spot. Maybe he should spend less time on social media, eh?

🚨 Breaking news

A worrying one here for Twitter power users who hate the official app. Let's hope it's just a glitch...

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📈 Going viral

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Apps and tools that are saying goodbye forever:

Meta is shutting Creator Studio. Its tools will be rolled into Meta Business Suite.


  • Twitter is ending support for embedded Likes, collections, and moments timelines from today

😮 WTF?!

🗣️ Industry chatter

Social media managers are increasingly becoming the stars of content they produce for brands, but the brands are usually the main winners...

There's more on this from Rachel Karten here:


  • There's an ‘urgent need’ to understand link between teens self-diagnosing disorders and social media use, experts say

🧵 Top threads

Take a look through this thread, where I dive into data about the state of social media over the past year.

💡 New feature spotlight

Twitter is the new Microsoft Word. Are they adding Clippy next?

👀 Must-read

What happened when Elon Musk tried to hire someone to be his 'Twitter voice'. This is a wild read if true!


💬 You can quote me on that

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❓ Question of the week

Check the replies here for how social media managers feel about the rise of ChatGPT. Some replies were more serious than others 😄

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📈 Charts of the week

For all the noisy talk about the problem of social media 'censorship', most Americans actually want MORE content to be removed:


📊 Stats of the week

Meta News

Instagram and Facebook are tightening the rules on advertising to minors:

  • Meta has confirmed that it's still on track to determine Donald Trump's fate on Facebook in the next few weeks. [Washington Post $$$]

  • Meta's Oversight Board has overturned a decision to remove a Facebook post calling for the death of Iran's leader, because it's a commonly used opposition slogan. [Bloomberg $$$]

  • Facebook tested sending users fewer notifications. Users reported higher satisfaction with app following the change, but started using the app a lot less. [Analytics at Meta]

  • Facebook considered reviving a disused railway line to improve travel to its Menlo Park HQ in 2017. [New York Times $$$]

  • Meta has accused a surveillance company of collecting data on 600,000 Facebook and Instagram users via fake accounts. [The Guardian]

  • Meta's East African content moderation hub is closing after its operator rejigged its business. The work will shift to another contractor. [Financial Times $$$]

  • Meta has been named the favourite web stock for 2023 in a JPMorgan survey. [Bloomberg $$$]

  • Meta has fallen off Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list this year. [AdWeek $$$]

  • ...and internal morale isn't great. [Vox]

  • Meta has rescinded some full-time job offers. [TechCrunch]

  • The FBI is using Facebook ads to find Chinese language speakers in the US who have been harassed or digitally stalked by malicious Chinese government actors. [Axios]

  • Meta’s Quest 1 VR headset will stop getting bug fixes and security patches in 2024. It's also losing some social features as it moves towards obsolescence. [The Verge]

  • Roblox could arrive on Meta Quest VR later this year. [The Verge]

  • The viral Instagram brand ‘Overheard’ has been acquired by Doing Things Media. [Hollywood Reporter]

Insights to give you an edge at work:

New features and tests:


  • Facebook is testing SparkBot in Groups. The bot will auto-post questions to spark conversations and help members get to know each other. [@MattNavarra]

  • Facebook's Professional dashboard now displays a 'Net Followers' metric. [@techjalal]


  • Instagram's UI is changing next month, with the Shop tab going, Reels moving, and the Create button getting the centre spot in the bottom nav bar. [TechCrunch]

  • Location stickers can now give your Instagram Stories a boost. [@ahmedghanem]

  • Instagram's 'trending business' feature has started rolling out. [@WFBrother]

  • Instagram is working on a 'Text Mode' for posts. [@alex193a]

  • Instagram has been spotted testing a new design for displaying images sent via messages. [@yousufortaccom]


  • WhatsApp has added a 'Media Auto-Download' option on desktop. [@ahmedghanem]

  • WhatsApp is testing the ability to detect text within images . [WABetaInfo]

The rest: Creator Studio/adtech/Quest and more:

  • Meta is adding a heart rate tracking feature and Health Connect by Android integration on Meta Quest. [The Verge]

  • Horizon Worlds is getting a new ‘Account Status’ feature, and a way to prevent vote-to-kick spam. [The Verge]

  • Meta is rolling out AI-powered ad-targeting tech in an effort to reduce discrimination, following a settlement with the US Department of Justice. [The Verge]

Twitter News

Twitter denies that a recently highlighted data breach involved a breach of its systems.

  • Many laid off Twitter staff have now received their severance agreements, but they offer a much lower settlement than many expected. [Fortune $$$]

  • ...and many thought the severance emails were a phishing scam. [@ZoeSchiffer]

  • Former Twitter staff in the UK have filed a legal challenge over what they call a "sham" redundancy process. [The Guardian]

  • Many of Twitter's international offices are closing or being forced to close by landlords due to nonpayment of rent. [Insider $$$]

  • Twitter has reportedly not been living up to Elon Musk's promise to tackle child abuse material. [NBC News]

  • ..but that report led to child abuse hashtags being blocked. [NBC News]

  • Twitter has laid off more of its Trust & Safety team. [Bloomberg $$$]

  • ...and laying off Brazilian content moderators looks like a bad move following Bolsonaro supporters' storming of government buildings on Sunday. [Rolling Stone]

  • U.S. House Republicans want former Twitter staff to testify on their handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story. [Axios]

  • Twitter has been sued for almost $400,000 in unpaid fees by a San Francisco marketing company. [Insider]

  • Twitter has restored the accounts of US two election deniers, two years after the January 6 attack. [CNN]

  • ...and others back this week include QAnon kingpin Ron Watkins. [Rolling Stone]

  • Germany has warned Elon Musk about breaking EU misinformation laws on Twitter. [Gizmodo]

  • WhatsApp is allowed to sue Israel's NSO Group over its spyware, the US Supreme Court has ruled. [Reuters$$$]

  • Twitter Blue has launched in Japan. [TechCrunch]

  • ...but fake users keep getting checkmarks. [@conspirator0]

  • Piers Morgan has apologised to Ed Sheeran, after his hacked Twitter account abused the singer. [Sky News]

Insights to give you an edge at work:

  • Brands shouldn't quit Twitter, but instead treat it like an emerging channel, Forrester says. [AdWeek $$$]

New features and tests:

  • Twitter is working on easier tweet bookmarking. [@ehikian]

  • Twitter has added a ‘Hashfetti’ effect to branded hashtag campaigns. [Social Media Today]

  • Twitter seems closer to launching a 'Coins' feature. [@nima_owji]

  • And Twitter is still working on an Awards feature. It appears to have a minimum payout of $50. [@wongmjane]

  • Twitter has been spotted shortening 'Quote Tweets' to 'Quotes' [@wongmjane]

  • Twitter is working on redesigned verification badges, each with a different shape. [@alex193a]

  • Twitter is working on an annual subscription for Blue. [@wongmjane]

  • Twitter is still working on a Follow button on tweets. [@nima_owji]

  • Twitter could show you when your profile is under review, so you'll know whether you're allowed to change your name and profile picture. [@wongmjane]

  • Twitter Spaces now has a background music feature. [@MattNavarra]

  • Twitter now displays a warning about copyright following the launch of its longer video uploads feature. [@MattNavarra]

TikTok News

Wisconsin's governor plans to ban TikTok from state government-owned devices, following many other US states.

  •  ...New Jersey and Ohio are the latest states to announce such a ban. [Insider]

  • ...but one US senator thinks a broader ban of other apps would be more effective than singling out TikTok. [Axios]

  • Any kind of significant TikTok ban could mean massive pain for creators. [Digiday]

  • TikTok's CEO met EU lawmakers to discuss data safety, disinformation, and more. [TechCrunch]

  • ...but talk of a TikTok ban seems distant in the EU, compared to the US. [Bloomberg $$$]

  • TikTok has been fined €5 million in France for a manipulative cookie-consent flow. [TechCrunch]

  • TikTok parent ByteDance’s ecommerce business surged in 2022, according to leaked internal data. [The Information $$$]

Insights to give you an edge at work:

  • How TikTok influencers are helping companies recruit new workers. [CNBC]

New features and tests:

  • TikTok is testing a Talent Manager Portal to make it easier for brands to work with big-name creators. It's currently invite only. [TechCrunch]

  • TikTok is testing a 'sleep reminders' feature that nudges you when it's bedtime. [TechCrunch]

💥 More social media news and updates

YouTube creators: Shorts monetisation is just a couple of weeks away:

  • LinkedIn usage is surging, partly due to businesses laying off staff. [CNN]

  • Reddit and Pinterest promoted their brand safety credentials at this year's CES. [AdAge $$$]

  • Seattle schools are suing tech companies including TikTok and Meta for allegedly harming young people's mental health. [Axios]

  • Social platforms are "defective" products that can be held legally responsible for harms they cause to younger users, alleges a new US lawsuit. [Axios]

  • The UK could jail social media bosses who breach child safety rules, under amendments being considered for the long-delayed Online Safety Bill. [The Guardian]

  • Social media stoked the attack on Brazil's Congress last weekend. [NPR]

  • ...and Facebook and YouTube have removed content supporting the attack. [Reuters $$$]

  • Reddit is making inroads with ad sales but still has work to do. [Digiday]

  • Parler's parent company has laid off most of its staff, throwing the future of the app into doubt. [The Verge]

  • Messaging services like WhatsApp have been left out of Australia's new misinformation code. [The Guardian]

  • WeChat’s TikTok-style video feed reportedly saw views triple in 2022. [Bloomberg $$$]

  • Angry airline customers need to work hard to kick up an effective fuss on social media... unless they're celebrities. [The Guardian]

New features and tests:

  • YouTube has added new analytics, including data on subscriber growth, Shorts thumbnails, new subscriber recognition options, and more. [Social Media Today]

  • LinkedIn now shows related posts from the post authors in the feed. [@oncescuradu]

  • Snapchat now has a 'Trending' tab for music. [@jonah_manzano]

  • Snapchat has added a tab for finding saved and recently used music. [@ahmedghanem]

  • CapCut now lets you request early access to CapCut Pro from within the app. [@MattNavarra]

  • CapCut has updated its nav bar to make it easier to find templates. [@YasserM86]

  • Medium has launched a Mastodon instance to help its writers join the fediverse. [Medium]

📖 Weekend reading

Mark Zuckerberg's vision of a metaverse might be years from becoming reality, but that hasn't stopped a whole industry building up around the concept.

😳 And finally...

Well that escalated quickly...

📅 Back next week...

…And that’s about it, Geekout friends. 👊

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Right… I'm heading off to get ChatGPT to ‘write a quote about [xxxx] in the style of Matt Navarra’ for a journalist asking for my comments. 😆

Goodbye geeks!

– Matt


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