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TikTok tightens privacy features for younger users

TikTok tightens privacy features for younger users

Technology
A month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, TikTok is tightening its privacy practices for the under-18 crowdBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterJanuary 13, 2021, 10:00 AM• 2 min readA month after federal regulators ordered it to disclose how its practices affect children and teenagers, TikTok is tightening its privacy practices for the under-18 crowd.Starting on Wednesday, default privacy setting for accounts with users aged 13 to 15 will be private. That means only someone the user approves as a follower can view their videos, which was not the case previously. But teens can still change this setting to public if they want.Older teenagers won't see this default setting change. For users aged 16 or 17, the default se
Internet users say farewell to Adobe Flash Player as it is officially discontinued

Internet users say farewell to Adobe Flash Player as it is officially discontinued

Technology
An internet plug-in that was responsible for some of the internet's best-loved viral animations has officially been discontinued.On 1 January software company Adobe stopped supporting and updating its Flash Player. The company has asked users to uninstall the software before it blocks all Flash content from 12 January.First released in 1996, Flash was instrumental in allowing content creators to make and share animations and games that could be downloaded quickly via a dial-up internet connection.It also helped early versions of websites like YouTube stream high-quality videos. ...
Social media firms could be fined up to £18m for not protecting users

Social media firms could be fined up to £18m for not protecting users

Technology
Social media firms could be fined up to £18m for not protecting users under new laws.The long-awaited Online Safety Bill could also see online platforms being blocked in the UK if they do not abide by a duty of care to their users, particularly children and vulnerable people. The legislation, which the government will bring forward next year, means Ofcom can fine firms up to £18m or 10% of global turnover, whichever is higher.However, proposals for criminal liability for senior executives at non-compliant firms appear to have been scaled back, with the government aiming to bring those powers into force through secondary legislation.Keith Watts' daughter took her own life when she was 19 years old.
Social media: How can we protect its youngest users?

Social media: How can we protect its youngest users?

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Study: CBD users tout medical benefits on social media amid lack of scientific evidence

Study: CBD users tout medical benefits on social media amid lack of scientific evidence

Health
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Use of cannabidiol, or CBD, has skyrocketed in recent years as it has been promoted for a range of medical conditions from autism to arthritis, and testimonials on social media reflect that the marketing is working. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, found that roughly 90% of CBD users in the Reddit community r/CBD tout the drug as an effective treatment, but they note in an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Network Open there is a lack of scientific evidence supporting the claims. Advertisement Users posting in the community recommended CBD for mental health conditions such as autism and depression -- in 65% of posts -- as well as orthopedic ailments such as arthritis, muscle cramps and musculoskeletal pain -- in 26% of posts -- the data showed. Th...