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TikTok removes 500k+ accounts in Italy after DPA order to block underage users – TechCrunch

Video sharing social network TikTok has removed more than 500,000 accounts in Italy following an intervention by the country’s data protection watchdog earlier this year ordering it to recheck the age of all Italian users and block access to any under the age of 13....

TikTok launches a Green Screen Duet feature, tests dedicated ‘Topics’ feeds – TechCrunch

As competition with tech giants heats up, TikTok is rolling out a series of new features to help keep its short-form video app ahead of rivals. The company today announced the launch of a new Green Screen Duet feature, which combines two of TikTok’s most popular...

UK publishes draft Online Safety Bill – TechCrunch

The U.K. government has published its long-trailed (child) “safety-focused” plan to regulate online content and speech. The Online Safety Bill has been in the works for years — during which time a prior plan to require age verification for accessing online porn in the...

Instagram adds a dedicated spot for your pronouns – TechCrunch

Seeing someone mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become commonplace — so much so that the app now has a dedicated location where users can put pronouns without taking up that valuable profile space. The company announced the new feature on Twitter,...

Subaru’s first electric vehicle is called the Solterra and it’s due out in 2022 – TechCrunch

For Subaru diehards holding out for an electric vehicle, the wait is almost over. The Japanese automaker just announced new details about its first-ever EV, which is set to hit the streets in 2022. Subaru will call its first EV the Solterra, a fitting name for a brand...

The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality – TechCrunch

Brian Ryan is vice president of Innovation at National Grid Partners, the innovation and investment arm of multinational energy company National Grid. As vice president of Innovation at National Grid Partners, I’m responsible for developing initiatives that not only...

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TikTok removes 500k+ accounts in Italy after DPA order to block underage users – TechCrunch

Video sharing social network TikTok has removed more than 500,000 accounts in Italy following an intervention by the country’s data protection watchdog earlier this year ordering it to recheck the age of all Italian users and block access to any under the age of 13....

TikTok launches a Green Screen Duet feature, tests dedicated ‘Topics’ feeds – TechCrunch

As competition with tech giants heats up, TikTok is rolling out a series of new features to help keep its short-form video app ahead of rivals. The company today announced the launch of a new Green Screen Duet feature, which combines two of TikTok’s most popular...

UK publishes draft Online Safety Bill – TechCrunch

The U.K. government has published its long-trailed (child) “safety-focused” plan to regulate online content and speech. The Online Safety Bill has been in the works for years — during which time a prior plan to require age verification for accessing online porn in the...

Instagram adds a dedicated spot for your pronouns – TechCrunch

Seeing someone mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become commonplace — so much so that the app now has a dedicated location where users can put pronouns without taking up that valuable profile space. The company announced the new feature on Twitter,...

YouTube announces a $100M fund to reward top YouTube Shorts creators over 2021-2022 – TechCrunch

YouTube is giving its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts, an injection of cash to help it better compete with rivals. The company today introduced the YouTube Shorts Fund, a $100 million fund that will pay YouTube Shorts creators for their most viewed and most engaging...

Facebook ordered not to apply controversial WhatsApp T&Cs in Germany – TechCrunch

The Hamburg data protection agency has banned Facebook from processing the additional WhatsApp user data that the tech giant is granting itself access to under a mandatory update to WhatsApp’s terms of service. The controversial WhatsApp privacy policy update has...

Facebook is testing pop-up messages telling people to read a link before they share it – TechCrunch

Years after popping open a Pandora’s box of bad behavior, social media companies are trying to figure out subtle ways to reshape how people use their platforms. Following Twitter’s lead, Facebook is trying out a new feature designed to encourage users to read a link...

State AGs tell Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids plans – TechCrunch

In a new letter, attorneys general representing 44 U.S. states and territories are pressuring Facebook to walk away from new plans to open Instagram to children. The company is working on an age-gated version of Instagram for kids under the age of 13 that would lure...

Spotify adds timestamped podcast sharing and other social features – TechCrunch

On the heels of its expanded partnership with Facebook, Spotify this morning announced new sharing features that broaden the way Spotify content, including both music and podcasts, can be shared across social media. As part of this, Spotify’s Canvas feature, which...

Blind raises $37M to double down on workplace gossip and career advice – TechCrunch

Blind has carved out a unique niche in the social-networking world. It’s an app of verified, pseudonymous employees talking to each other about what’s going on at their employers, trading notes on everything from layoffs, to promotions, to policies. Part LinkedIn,...

UK publishes draft Online Safety Bill – TechCrunch

The U.K. government has published its long-trailed (child) “safety-focused” plan to regulate online content and speech. The Online Safety Bill has been in the works for years — during which time a prior plan to require age verification for accessing online porn in the...

Instagram adds a dedicated spot for your pronouns – TechCrunch

Seeing someone mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become commonplace — so much so that the app now has a dedicated location where users can put pronouns without taking up that valuable profile space. The company announced the new feature on Twitter,...

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