Maths app targeting UK schools is criticised over premium model | Apps

A mobile game used by schools to teach maths through a fantasy role-playing world has been accused of unfairly manipulating children into paying more than $100 a year for premium items. Prodigy, which offers versions for in-school and at-home play, is the centre of a complaint to the US Federal Continue Reading

ACT police criticised for tweet comparing a jail cell to a boutique hotel room | Australian police and policing- Tempemail

ACT Policing has been criticised by the territory’s own minister for justice health for a tweet that compared a jail cell to a boutique hotel room. The police apologised on Thursday “to anyone who was offended”, but the Greens MLA Emma Davidson was among many who registered their disapproval on Continue Reading

Police force criticised for ‘grotesque’ and ‘stigmatising’ social media poem mocking drugs arrest suspects- Tempemail

A police force has been accused of fuelling stigma and prejudice after it posted a poem on its social media channels mocking people arrested on suspicion of apparently low-level drug dealing. The posts, part of a wider emerging trend of some forces publicly shaming arrestees, were criticised as showing an Continue Reading

‘The most tone deaf thing I’ve seen’: Katy Perry criticised for promoting father’s ‘Nothing But American’ T-shirt range- Tempemail

On Friday, the 36-year-old shared a video of her father, Keith Hudson, talking about his company, which he runs with Perry’s brother,  David, to the camera, asking: “are you tired of the division that is destroying our country?” The Pentecostal pastor continued: “Are you sick of losing your family and Continue Reading

Microsoft productivity score feature criticised as workplace surveillance | Microsoft

Microsoft has been criticised for enabling “workplace surveillance” after privacy campaigners warned that the company’s “productivity score” feature allows managers to use Microsoft 365 to track their employees’ activity at an individual level. The tools, first released in 2019, are designed to “provide you visibility into how your organisation works”, Continue Reading

Michael Moore criticised after failing to identify Trump supporter sketch as satire- Tempemail

The video features comedian Blaire Erskine impersonating a Trump supporter at a recent rally in Omaha, Nebraska. During the event, many attendees were left stranded in near-freezing temperatures as they waited for buses to take them back to their parked cars miles away. In her video, Erskine acts as though Continue Reading

Instagram criticised for censoring Celeste Barber’s nude parody photo but not Victoria’s Secret original- Tempemail

Barber has built a huge following on social media – she has 7.3m followers on Instagram alone – for her long-running photo series called #CelesteChallengeAccepted, which sees her post side-by-side images of herself recreating poses by celebrities and models. However, her latest parody was met with some disapproval from Instagram. Continue Reading

US thinktank linked to Google donations criticised ‘problematic’ ACCC digital media inquiry | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)- Tempemail

An American thinktank funded partly by undisclosed donations from Google tried to convince Australia’s competition watchdog not to regulate the media giant during a landmark digital platforms inquiry. The Global Antitrust Institute, a thinktank based at Virginia’s George Mason University, last year submitted a strident, 24-page condemnation of preliminary findings Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg criticised by civil rights leaders over Donald Trump Facebook post | Technology

Civil rights leaders have criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to take no action against a Facebook post from Donald Trump appearing to threaten to start shooting “looters”, after a Monday night meeting with the company’s executives ended in acrimony. “We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Continue Reading

Lord Sugar criticised for sharing Covid-19 falsehoods on Twitter | World news- Tempemail

Lord Sugar has been criticised for sharing a coronavirus conspiracy theory on social media. The Apprentice star tweeted a claim purported to be from a Japanese scientist saying that Covid-19 was man-made. Independent fact-checking charity Full Fact later debunked the claims. A statement on its website said: “Various posts on Continue Reading