ICYMI: Facebook focuses on privacy, Instagram adds muting

Plus, Global News Radio will bring in a new roster of co-hosts next week.
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Facebook puts privacy controls in sharper focus

Facebook has added a new alert that will appear on News Feed pages in order to keep users informed about its data and privacy controls. The focus on user control comes alongside a slew  of recent changes to the site’s data policy and privacy controls after millions of Facebook users — an estimated 600,000 of them in Canada — had their data mined by Cambridge Analytica earlier this spring.

Muting comes to Instagram

Instagram will begin rolling out a muting feature to its platform this week, allowing users to discreetly silence accounts from people or brands without having to unfollow them. Although this feature is new to Instagram, similar muting options have been introduced on Facebook and Twitter. While the feature provides users with greater control of the content appearing on their social media feeds, muting an account does not alert a user, and can be reversed at any time.

Global News Radio brings in the mayors

Global News Radio is bringing municipal politics to Calgary airwaves on 770 CHQR next week. Mayors Day, premiering Tuesday, May 29, will feature three mayors from the region appearing as co-hosts to the station’s various news programs, tackling top municipal issues and concerns. The mayors will co-host the station’s programs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. MDT. A similar series was first launched on Vancouver’s 980 CKNW last month.

Bell Media Radio hosts charity radiothon

Bell Media Radio channels 104.1 The Dock and Kicx 106 will host the 10th annual Radio for Cardiology Radiothon this month. The Radiothon will be broadcast live from Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie at 5:40 a.m. on May 30 and 31. Along with regularly scheduled programming, the stations will feature interviews with the hospital’s staff and patients. The broadcast can also be streamed on the iHeartRadio Canada app. The event aims to raise awareness of the hospital’s new Cardiac Intervention Unit, as well as the Radio for Cardiology campaign, which aims to raise $1 million for a cardiac catheterization lab for the hospital.