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Body-editing apps on TikTok ‘trigger eating disorders’

Body-editing apps on TikTok ‘trigger eating disorders’

Technology
Body-editing apps advertised on social media platforms TikTok and Instagram are “triggering” young people with eating disorders, campaigners fear.Adverts show how the apps can be used to alter body parts, including making waists slimmer and adding muscles.Eating disorder charities have said technology firms should consider the impact on vulnerable people.The platforms said the apps did not break advertising guidance, but TikTok added it does reviews its policies.It said it is “continually looking to enhance” its framework to “support a body-positive environment”.The social media platform, popular with teenagers, banned adverts for fasting apps and weight loss supplements last year. ‘Fuel this epidemic’Social media companies need to be held to account and “stop this unhealthy and unhelpful ...
Bridgerton re-imagined on TikTok by US singer Abigail Barlow

Bridgerton re-imagined on TikTok by US singer Abigail Barlow

Entertainment
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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...
TikTok faces potential legal challenge from 12-year-old girl

TikTok faces potential legal challenge from 12-year-old girl

Technology
Social media giant TikTok faces a potential legal challenge on behalf of all children who use the video-sharing platform.A 12-year-old girl from London, who cannot be identified, plans to bring a damages claim against six firms said to be responsible for TikTok and its "predecessor" app Musical.ly for "loss of control of personal data". She is also seeking the deletion of her data.According to a High Court ruling published on Wednesday, the action alleges the firms have "misused the claimant's private information and processed the claimant's personal data" in breach of EU and UK data protection laws.The current Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, intends to bring a "representative" action on behalf of all other under-16s who use TikTok, Mr Justice Warby was told at a remot...
TikTok faces legal action from 12-year-old girl in England

TikTok faces legal action from 12-year-old girl in England

Technology
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