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Facebook’s “20% Rule” is No More

For years, Facebook required that images on ads contain less than 20% text – commonly known as the “20% Rule.” But Facebook has quietly removed that requirement. While Facebook hasn’t published any official confirmation that the requirement is no longer in place, they did issue this confirmation to social media consultant Matt Navarra. The current…

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Navigating Facebook’s New Fact-Checking System

You may have seen a message like the one below, flagging a piece of content in your Facebook News Feed as ‘false information.’ What does this mean? And what if content from YOUR newsroom’s Facebook Page has been flagged as false? Facebook has said repeatedly that it is committed to fighting the spread of false…

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How to get started with SND’s Messenger Experience

We told you to standby for that Messenger Experience we’re working on and now it’s time to reveal the details! Social News Desk is NOW testing a solution that will allow you to customize and privately connect with your audience using Messenger. The SND Messenger solution is easy to set up, manage and deploy to any…

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Messenger Contacts are the new Facebook Likes

Remember a few years ago when all we cared about was how many Facebook Likes our Pages had? We held contests, gave away cars (CARS!) and did just about anything to make that number as big as possible. Fast forward to today – that land-grab is over but a new one has just begun. Imagine…

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Why Your Newsroom Needs a Facebook Messenger Strategy

That’s right, we all heard him… Mark Zuckerberg said “the future of social is private.” If you work in local news, you’re probably thinking… what could that mean for my web traffic? How will I distribute links and get clicks if News Feed – our modern-day digital town square – disappears or somehow becomes “private.”…

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Social News Desk: Facebook Live Solutions Partner

Social News Desk has rolled out a powerful new integration with the WSI Max Weather System and in the process, become Facebook’s newest “Live Solutions Partner.” The goal of the WSI-SND integration is to help local-TV meteorologists surface important weather information which can be life-saving in some instances. This creative new workflow saves time and…

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Protect Your Pages: Security Enhancements in Facebook and Social News Desk

It’s no secret that Facebook users have been clamoring to make their data and accounts more secure – and Facebook is responding. While Facebook isn’t yet requiring individual users to set up extra security features on their accounts, we’ve noticed more nudges to lock down accounts and Page Roles to keep you protected. Two-Factor Authentication…

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3 Reasons News Brands Should Advertise on Facebook

With all the privacy issues and controversies surrounding Facebook of late, many broadcasters and publishers are hesitant to put more money in Mark Zuckerberg’s pocket. While I completely sympathize with the sentiment, especially after the painful political advertising debacle, it is hard to deny that Facebook ads produce results. Facebook advertising is still one of…

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Facebook Update Prioritizes Original Video Content

Facebook’s made another change to News Feed that could have a major impact on news outlets – particularly when it comes to video. As part of their continuing effort to promote “original content” (meaning new video YOU created and didn’t borrow or re-purpose from another source), Facebook announced changes on May 6th that will promote…

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