It’s a rare occasion when Friday is on a Thursday, but here we are! In honour of this shortened week we’ve got a super-condensed version of The Weekly Download for you this time around.
On today’s docket: the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, LinkedIn’s new post reactions, more user data privacy concerns for Facebook, and some Friday Fun.
Let’s hop to it!
Notre Dame Cathedral Suffers Devastating Fire
Arguably one of the biggest pieces of news this week, the centuries old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a devastating fire, destroying the historic UNESCO World Heritage site’s roof and iconic spire.
Not surprisingly, many took to social media to pay tribute to the cultural landmark.
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can. pic.twitter.com/SpMEvv1BzB
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 15, 2019
In the grand scheme of the world’s problems, one landmark church burning might seem almost less important. But it’s our collective history burning – all of us who have ever visited or seen it or studied it, and more…
💔 for Paris and Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/3R0AbhPgpG
— Kirsten Alana Photography 📷 ✈️ (@KirstenAlana) April 15, 2019
Details are scarce so far in terms of just how much was lost in the blaze or exactly how long it may take for doors to open once again, although President Macron vowed it would be a rapid restoration. Fundraising efforts already total over $700 million to help rebuild and restore the gothic treasure, and donors include some of Europe’s biggest billionaires and brands like Walt Disney, Apple and Badoo.
In related news, and as another example of how social media, for all it’s controversy, can bring good to even the most tragic events, the search is now on for this adorable father/daughter duo caught on camera in front of the landmark just minutes before the devastating fire ignited.
LinkedIn Begins Rolling Out Post Reactions
An emoji response option for posts on LinkedIn has started to roll out across the platform.
The tool works almost exactly like Facebook’s emoji response option, offering users a choice between ‘like’, ‘celebrate’, ‘love’, ‘insightful’, and ‘curious’.
The “reaction options” were reportedly chosen based on recurring keywords seen most often on the site.
Tell us: will you be using the new reaction options when browsing the website or app? Let us know in the comments below.
Facebook’s Data-Sharing Practices Are Questioned (Again)
More bad press for Facebook this week…
A new NBC News report revealed the company shared user data with “friends” while withholding it from competitors. If proven to be true, there could be potential regulatory implications for the social network.
According to the report, Facebook considered selling user data to app developers, partly as a means to determine the “real market value” of the company’s user data. While no data was technically sold, Facebook did not treat user data as something to be protected, but as a tool to gain maximum profit.
The report also claims that Facebook’s attempts to put specific monetary value on user data could make it more susceptible to antitrust regulation.
Did you tune in for the Game of Thrones final season premiere last week? If you didn’t, you’re one of few, as our social feeds were filled with GOT hype all week!
Check out this video of Late Late Show host James Corden’s mum and dad – two Game of Thrones first timers – as they watch the first episode of season 8.