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Instagram e-cigarette posts banned by ad watchdog

Instagram e-cigarette posts banned by ad watchdog

Technology
Four vaping companies, including British American Tobacco (BAT), have had Instagram posts promoting e-cigarettes banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).The posts showed models and celebrities such as Lily Allen holding electronic cigarettes.The advertising of these products is banned on social media.One of the groups that had complained said the ruling was "a huge step forward"."While the ASA ruling is great news, urgent policy change is needed from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to prevent BAT and other tobacco companies from using social media to advertise their harmful products to young people around the world," the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said in a statement. ...
TikTok apologises and reinstates banned US teen

TikTok apologises and reinstates banned US teen

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Chinese-owned social network TikTok has apologised to a US teenager who was blocked from the service after she posted a viral clip criticising China's treatment of the Uighur Muslims.The firm said it had now lifted the ban, maintaining it was due to 17-year-old Feroza Aziz's prior conduct on the app - and unrelated to Chinese politics. Additionally, the firm said "human moderation error" was to blame for the video being taken down on Thursday for almost an hour.TIkTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has insisted it does not apply Chinese moderation principles to its product outside of mainland China. Ms Aziz posted on Twitter that she did not accept the firm's explanation. "Do I believe they took...
Was Taylor Swift really banned from playing her hits?

Was Taylor Swift really banned from playing her hits?

Entertainment
"I don't know what else to do," declared Taylor Swift in a lengthy Twitter post last week. "I just want to be able to perform my own music."The star was distressed and upset. She wanted to play a medley of her hits at Sunday's American Music Awards but her old record label had forbidden it.Or so she claimed. The label hit back with a statement of its own, saying it hadn't tried to stop the show and that Swift's narrative "does not exist".Insults were traded, politicians weighed in and, eventually, a settlement was reached.Big Machine Records issued a statement on Monday night saying it had agreed "to grant all licences of their artists' performances" for "the upcoming American Music Awards".It didn't mention Swift by name but the...
Alberto Salazar: Mo Farah’s former coach banned for four years for doping violations

Alberto Salazar: Mo Farah’s former coach banned for four years for doping violations

Sports
Alberto Salazar - Mo Farah's former athletics coach - has been banned from the sport for four years after being found guilty of doping violations.Salazar runs the Nike Oregon Project - home to British four-time Olympic champion Farah from 2011 until 2017.The decision follows a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and a two-year court battle behind closed doors. American Salazar said he was "shocked" by the outcome and would appeal."The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping," the 61-year-old added. "I will appeal and look forward to this unfair and protracted process reaching the conclusion I know to be true."Dr Jeffrey Brown, a Nike-paid endocrinologist...
Hands-free mobiles should be banned while driving, say MPs

Hands-free mobiles should be banned while driving, say MPs

Technology
Hands-free mobile phones should be banned while driving, MPs have said.Using hand-held phones while driving is already banned, with a maximum punishment of six penalty points and a £200 fine - up from three points and £100. But MPs in the Commons transport select committee say hands-free versions can be just as dangerous.The committee said that the law gives the "misleading impression" that hands-free mobiles are safe while driving, despite them creating "the same risks of a collision".The cross-party committee admitted criminalising hands-free phone use and enforcing the ban would be challenging, but added: "This does not mean that we should not do it". Advertisement The government should explore options a