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Facebook urged to disable 'like' feature for child users

Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collectionFacebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the In...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information Commissioner 's Office Continue


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 7,700 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook at its peak. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Instagram, Downdetector


Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 9,000 reports of problems accessing Facebook. Its live outage map showed the issues had mainly cropped up in Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Europe Continue, Downdetector


Facebook suffers outage in Europe

Thousands are reporting issues accessing the social media network, says tracking siteFacebook is inaccessible to some users across the world, according to Downdetector, a website which monitors outages.The outage-tracking website showed that there are more than 9,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Continue


UK sets out safety-focused plan to regulate Internet firms

The UK government has laid out proposals to regulate online and social media platforms, setting out the substance of its long-awaited White Paper on online harms today — and kicking off a public consultation. The Online Harms White Paper is a joint proposal from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Home Office. It follows the government announcement of a policy intent last May, and a string of domestic calls for greater regulation of the Internet as politicians hav...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Social Media, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, House Of Lords


‘It’s genuine, you know?’: why the online influencer industry is going ‘authentic’

Calamities such as Fyre Festival have tarnished the booming business of YouTube and Instagram stars. Now the industry’s top tastemakers have a new plan: keeping it real. By Sophie ElmhirstIn a central London hair salon last December, the fashion influencer Victoria Magrath (@inthefrow) mingled among a few of her 849,000 Instagram followers. Magrath – tall, with signature silver hair – was celebrating the launch of her book, The New Fashion Rules, at an event organised by her talent agency, Gleam...
Tags: Fashion, Technology, London, Makeup, Media, Instagram, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Life and style, Digital Media, Marketing & PR, Notting Hill, Armani, St Lucian, Instagram YouTube Twitter


Want to know where influencers spring from? Look at their parents

How my heart leapt when the US college admissions scandal drew in a sitcom star and her Insta-famous daughterWhat’s happening with Olivia Jade, the Instagram influencer who was named and shamed in the US college admissions scandal? Dawn, LondonI’m back! As some of you (well, my mother) may have noticed, I have been away for a few weeks. Booking time off is always exciting, isn’t it? Until that time off comes around and you realise you are now missing the most exciting news story ever. What, Brex...
Tags: Fashion, Instagram, US, Social Media, Digital Media, Brexit, Felicity Huffman, John Hughes, Hadley Freeman, Dawn LondonI


Apple Martin tells off mother Gwyneth Paltrow for sharing photo without consent

The 14-year-old publicly criticised Paltrow for oversharing, reflecting unease in an entire generationGwyneth Paltrow’s teenage daughter has criticised her mother for posting a picture of her online without her consent, a reaction one expert says will become more common as a generation that has been snapped since their birth grows up.Paltrow posted a photo to Instagram earlier in the week of herself with Apple Martin, her 14-year-old daughter with Coldplay singer Chris Martin, at a ski field. Ap...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, Social Media, Digital Media, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin, Paltrow, Apple Martin


MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law

European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activistsA controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has been approved by the European parliament, despite ferocious campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists.The European copyright directive, voted in by 348 MEPs to 274 against, is best known for two provisions it contains: articles 11 and 13, referred to as the “link tax” and “upload filter...
Tags: Google, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Internet, Youtube, European Union, Digital Media


Fifty years of the internet

Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at the start of a worldwide revolution. After we typed the first two letters from our computer room...
Tags: TC, Column, Utah, Technology, Instagram, Email, Social Networking, Internet, California, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Authentication, Digital Media, Aol


Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, MPs say

Report suggests sites such as Facebook and Instagram could be harming mental healthSocial media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.The politicians called for further research on the effects of social media but said a report suggested there was good reason to believe sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – which are constan...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, Young People, Facebook Instagram


Royal family issues new social media guidelines to deter trolls

Move follows high levels of abuse aimed at Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, Duchess of SussexSocial media trolls who post offensive or abusive messages on the royal family’s platforms now face being blocked and may be reported to police under new guidelines published by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.The move follows revelations last month of high levels of vitriol and abuse, especially aimed at the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex. Continue reading...
Tags: Instagram, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media, Cambridge, Monarchy, Duchess Of Cambridge, Kate, Kensington Palace, Meghan, Online Abuse, Kate Duchess, Sussex Continue, Buckingham Palace Clarence House, Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Duchess


Making an influencer: Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber reports on the people who work behind the scenes to elevate an individual to the role of true Instagram influencerThese days, the influencer industry is so big that you can’t just spend a lot of time on Instagram and hope to gain enough of a following to be acknowledged as a true influencer.Most people need help. This week, Jordan chats to the Instagram Husband, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, influencer manager Leona McCaul and filmmaker Mun Yi Cheng, about just a few of the people w...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Internet, Social Media, Digital Media, Jordan, Marketing & PR, Jordan Erica Webber, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, Leona McCaul, Mun Yi Cheng


2018 really was more of a dumpster fire for online hate and harassment, ADL study finds

Around 37 percent of Americans were subjected to severe hate and harassment online in 2018, according to a new study by the Anti-Defamation League, up from about 18 percent in 2017. And over half of all Americans experienced some form of harassment according to the ADL study. Facebook users bore the brunt of online harassment on social networking sites according to the ADL study, with around 56 percent of survey respondents indicating that at least some of their harassment occurred on the pla...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Harassment, Instagram, Bullying, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Cybercrime, Abuse, United States, Digital Media, Reddit, Cyberbullying, Behavior


Instagram urged to crack down on eating disorder images

Social media platform advised to follow self-harm picture ban with focus on anorexiaImages promoting potentially life-threatening eating disorders are thriving on Instagram and need to be cracked down on in the same way as graphic self-harm images, leading charities and experts have said.The social media giant’s focus on removing graphic images of self-harm did not go far enough, they said, and young people also faced being confronted with pro-anorexia images due to little policing on the site. ...
Tags: Health, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Digital Media, Bulimia


Instagram heads off regulations with ban on self-harm images | analysis

Tackling non-graphic related content, however, presents harder challenge than graphicInstagram has bowed to public pressure and introduced a series of policies aimed at protecting vulnerable young people who use the site.Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has committed to tightening up a number of policies relating to self-harm and suicide on the photo-sharing platform after weeks of pressure spearheaded by the father of Molly Russell, a 14-year-old who took her life in 2017. Ian Russell beli...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Children, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Adam Mosseri, Ian Russell, Molly Russell


Instagram bans 'graphic' self-harm images after Molly Russell's death

Social media site announces action following criticism from British teenager’s fatherInstagram has announced it will ban all graphic self-harm images from its platform after the father of British teenager Molly Russell said it was partly to blame for her death.Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, said “no graphic self-harm image” would in future be allowed on the platform. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Adam Mosseri, Molly Russell


Tech platforms called to support public interest research into mental health impacts

The tech industry has been called on to share data with public sector researchers so the mental health and psychosocial impacts of their service on vulnerable users can be better understood, and also to contribute to funding the necessary independent research over the next ten years. The UK’s chief medical officers have made the call in a setting out advice and guidance for the government about children’s and young people’s screen use. They have also called for the industry to agree a code of ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Bullying, Social Media, Tech, CMO, Mental Health, Abuse, Digital Media, United Kingdom, Photo Sharing, Science and Technology Committee


Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia

Facebook said today it has removed hundreds of Facebook and Instagram counts with links to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth largest country with a population of over 260 million, Indonesia is in election year alongside Southeast Asia neighbors Thailand and the Philippines. Facebook said this week it has set up an ‘election integrity’ team in Singapore, its APAC HQ, as it tries to prevent its social network being misused in the lead-up to voting . This Indonesia bust...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Software, Thailand, United States, Philippines, Digital Media, United Nations


Meet the 'cleanfluencers', the online gurus who like things nice and tidy

Marie Kondo may be the biggest name in decluttering, but Instagram is awash with cleaning experts with millions of followersIt may not be spring yet, but everybody’s cleaning. Or, at the very least, they are talking about it. It has only been a month since Tidying Up With Marie Kondo launched on Netflix, but the series, starring the Japanese organisation expert, has already become something of a phenomenon. It has sparked joy among some, and arguments about how many books you should have in your...
Tags: Media, Instagram, Women, Social Media, Life and style, Netflix, Digital Media, Homes, Marie Kondo, Kondo


EU data watchdog raises concerns over Facebook integration

Irish commission that regulates site requests urgent briefing on platforms mergerFacebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.The Data Protection Commission has asked for an urgent briefing with Facebook Ireland so it can assess the proposals, it said in a statement. “The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinising Facebook’s plans as they develop...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Privacy, Social Networking, Social Media, Eu, World news, Whatsapp, Encryption, Ireland, Digital Media, Facebook Messenger


How an egg beat Kylie Jenner at her own Instagram game

A stock image of an egg has amassed 26m likes to become the most popular post of all time, bumping Jenner’s shot of her newborn daughter and spurring some unlikely imitatorsName: The Egg.Age: Born on 4 January. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Eggs, Social Media, Digital Media, Kylie Jenner, Jenner


“The problem is Facebook,” lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in

A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform — including the democracy-denting impacts of so-called ‘fake news’. The UK’s DCMS committee has been leading the charge to hold Facebook to account for data misuse scandals and election interference — now joined in the effort by international ...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, Privacy, France, Singapore, Africa, Social Media, Tech, Whatsapp, Canada, Ireland


'Is our life just worth a photo?': the tragic death of a couple in Yosemite

More than 10,000 Instagram fans followed Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath’s travels. But their mysterious death raises concerns about selfie culture From the Grand Canyon to the California coast, Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath documented a life of travel and and natural beauty in their adopted homeland for more than 10,000 Instagram followers.The pair had immigrated to Silicon Valley from India. Moorthy described herself as the “high-spirited storyteller” who penned their social-me...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Instagram, Yosemite, California, India, Environment, US news, Blogging, National Parks, Digital Media, Silicon Valley, Grand Canyon, Viswanath, Vishnu Viswanath, Meenakshi Moorthy


Flickr to delete millions of photos as it reduces allowance for free users

Photo-sharing site to limit free storage to 1,000 images as part of revamp under new ownersFlickr is to delete millions of photos from the internet, as its new owners attempt to sustain the photo-sharing site after its purchase from Yahoo earlier this year.Free users of the site will be limited to storing 1,000 photos and videos, with any excess being deleted from February 2019. The limit is a steep reduction from the previous allowance of 1TB per user, about 200,000-500,000 photos each. Continu...
Tags: Photography, Technology, Media, Yahoo, Internet, Social Media, Digital Media, Flickr


‘She was becoming a star’: what happens when your Instagram-famous pet dies?

Chloe the bulldog, who had 180,000 followers and several brand partnerships, is a case study in a new kind of celebrity deathLoni Edwards, 34, treated her four-year-old miniature French bulldog Chloe like her baby. “We did everything together. Every flight. Every meeting. We cuddled every night,” said Edwards.Then tragedy struck. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Cats, Dogs, Animals, Pets, Social Media, Life and style, Digital Media, Edwards, Chloe


Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?When 24-year-old fashion blogger Scarlett Dixon posted a picture of herself having breakfast, the internet turned nasty. “The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea,” Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Life and style, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Cardiff, Dixon, Nathan, Scarlett Dixon


Facebook is being eclipsed by its youthful rival Snapchat

Social media giant struggles to stay relevant to a younger generationFacebook has officially lost its cool. Snapchat is set to overtake it as the digital hangout of choice for teens and twentysomethings this year, as Mark Zuckerberg’s social media site struggles to remain relevant to the youth generation.By the end of this year Snapchat, which with its disappearing messages and funky photograph filters has already won over young teens, will also become the most popular social media platform in t...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Technology sector


On Instagram, Banning Drug-Related Hashtags Is Anything But Simple

This past April, Instagram took stern action against a particular class of drug-related hashtags. You probably wouldn't have noticed unless you were actively searching for them, or they regularly appeared in posts on your feed, but #oxycontin, #fentanyl, and #opiates were completely removed from the app or appeared with very limited results, seemingly overnight.The decision came amidst mounting pressure from the FDA, senators, and advocates, for social media platforms like Instagram, which can ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Cnn, Fbi, Digital Media, Fda, DEA, Michael, Sparks, Alex Jones, Instagram Facebook, American Academy of Pediatrics, Rand Corporation, University of Buffalo, Scott Gottlieb



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