Category: Social Networks

Teenage girls, body image and Instagram’s ‘perfect storm’

Emily started using Instagram when she was in her mid-teens and found it helpful at first. She used the photo-sharing app to follow fitness influencers, but what began as a constructive relationship with the platform spiralled into a crisis centred on body image. At 19 she was diagnosed with an eating disorder.“I felt like my…

MP calls for Facebook to be punished if it holds back evidence of harm to users

Facebook should be punished with substantial fines, potentially running into billions of pounds, if it withholds evidence that its social media platforms harm users, according to the MP leading scrutiny of a new online safety bill.The social network is under political pressure on both sides of the Atlantic following revelations in the Wall Street Journal…

Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’

Facebook gives high-profile users special treatment, which includes immunity from its rules for some, and allowed Brazilian footballer Neymar to post nude pictures of a woman who had accused him of rape, according to a report.The XCheck or “CrossCheck” system steers reviews of posts by well-known users such as celebrities, politicians and journalists into a…

Facebook announces launch of Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses

Facebook lives in your pocket, on the web, and, if you’ve bought the company’s Portal video-calling device, even in your kitchen. Now, it wants to find a home on your face.The company has created its first “smart glasses”, with a pair of cameras to take photos and videos, a microphone and speaker to listen to…

Facebook encryption could prevent detection of child abuse, NCA says

Facebook’s plans to allow encrypted messaging across all its platforms could prevent the detection of up to 20m child abuse images every year, a senior investigating officer has claimed.Rob Jones, the director of threat leadership at the National Crime Agency, said the social media company’s goal of rolling out end-to-end encryption will stop officers from…

Social media giants increase global child safety after UK regulations introduced

TikTok has turned off notifications for children past bedtime, Instagram has disabled targeted adverts for under-18s entirely and YouTube has turned off autoplay for teen users: moves seemingly triggered by Britain introducing a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children online.On Thursday the UK introduced a new set of regulations aimed at protecting children…

Discord: why Kanye West turned to chat app’s users for help

When Kanye West was putting the finishing touches to his new album Donda, he was not content to trust only the ears of a few close confidants for feedback.The rapper and producer held a series of listening events in stadiums around the US, taking up residence in the locker room of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in…

Reddit hires bankers and lawyers as it aims for $15bn IPO

Reddit is seeking to hire investment bankers and lawyers for an initial public offering in New York, two people familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency.Reddit was valued at $10bn in a private fundraising round last month. By the time the IPO would take place early next year, the online message board company…

TechScape: Are folding phones the shape of things to come?

What will your next phone look like? Will it be a featureless black rectangle from the front, with a bulbous many-lensed camera unit emerging from the rear? Or will it be … different?Samsung is one of a growing number of companies betting that now is time for a change. The company’s latest phones, the Galaxy…

Facebook pledges to become ‘water positive’ by 2030

Facebook has announced plans to become “water positive” by 2030, restoring more water than the company consumes globally.The firm is leaning further into a virtuous skirmish between the world’s largest technology players, as they all compete to be the first to achieve carbon neutrality, commit to offsetting the emissions created by their customers as well…

Facebook no, Twitter yes: which tech firms let the Taliban post?

As Kabul fell to Taliban forces over the weekend, social networks struggled to cope with the renewed attention brought to the organisation – and its presence on their platforms.In the US, Republicans expressed outrage that Twitter, which had permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform in January, seemed content to allow named Taliban members access…

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