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Friday, February 28, 2020
Facebook’s Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

Facebook’s Messenger Kids App Now Has More Parental Controls

Photo: ShutterstockFacebook is basically always in the news for some privacy concern or another. In one such case, they—rightfully so—caught a lot of flak last summer when its Messenger Kids app inadvertently allowed kids to enter group chats with users their parents hadn’t approved. At the time, Facebook called it a “technical error” with the…
This Amazon parody dating site is hilarious… and also kind of creepy

This Amazon parody dating site is hilarious… and also kind of...

How’s the idea of an “Amazon Dating” site strike you? Are you horrified? Intrigued? Resigned? Well don’t worry (or get too excited), it’s a joke… at least, for now. i wasn’t having much luck with dating apps so i partnered with @amazon to make a better one 👀💘https://t.co/ticxR7j7CO — ani acopian (@aniacopian) February 4, 2020…
Facebook refused to remove a business Page dedicated to a woman’s butthole

Facebook refused to remove a business Page dedicated to a woman’s...

Buzzfeed yesterday published an article about a woman who’d spent the past five years trying to get Facebook to take down a Business Page dedicated to her butthole. She was told several times the page didn’t violate the social network’s community standards, but shortly after Buzzfeed ran the story the Page was removed. The Business…
We asked an actual Italian about the new ‘Italian hand’ emoji

We asked an actual Italian about the new ‘Italian hand’ emoji

You’re online, right? That means you must’ve heard about the Unicode Consortium unveiling the latest emoji that’ll soon grace our phones? Of course you have! Well, then you’ll also know there are two new emoji that tower above the rest. The first? The transgender flag we’ve already covered (thank us later). And the second? Well, that’s…
Instagram deletes the IGTV button no one was using

Instagram deletes the IGTV button no one was using

Instagram has removed that IGTV button that’s been sitting in the upper corner of the app, thankfully putting it out of its misery before it atrophies from disuse. IGTV is Instagram‘s answer to YouTube, a separate-but-not-really app for longer-form videos than the base app allowed for. It launched in June 2018 to great fanfare, but…
Snap founder says TikTok could dethrone Instagram

Snap founder says TikTok could dethrone Instagram

Evan Spiegel knows a thing or two about the social space. For eight years, his startup, Snapchat, has been chasing giants in this space. And now he thinks a new competitor, TikTok, the short-form video app, has the potential to dethrone Instagram as the world’s third-largest social application — if you aren’t including chat platforms…
How to hide your Instagram Stories from strangers

How to hide your Instagram Stories from strangers

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. As much as Instagram Stories encourages us to overshare pretty much every detail of our lives, you might want to consider taking more control of who can actually see…
Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Photo: ShutterstockThere are a slew of things for parents to be concerned about as our kids begin to navigate social media, online multiplayer games and the wider Internet on their own. There’s cyber bulling, hate speech and porn, to start with. But sexual predators also should be at the top of the list, having found…
Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds

Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study...

Enlarge / One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. It's no secret that every major social media platform is chock-full of bad actors, fake accounts, and bots. The big companies continually pledge to do a better job weeding out organized…
TikTok denies suspending makeup tutorial teen for raising awareness of China’s detention camps

TikTok denies suspending makeup tutorial teen for raising awareness of China’s...

Credit: Feroza Aziz on TikTok A 17-year old Muslim girl on TikTok has been uploading now-viral makeup tutorials, but with a political twist. In a video shared by “@getmefamouspartthree,” Feroza Aziz seemingly gives tips on how to lengthen your lashes by telling users to grab a set of lash curlers, but then directs viewers to…

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