Lawmakers seek to rein in big tech with bills aimed at competition and liability | Technology- Tempemail

US lawmakers announced two major new proposals seeking to rein in the power of big tech, days after the revelations from a former Facebook employee spotlighted the company’s sweeping impact. The first bill, proposed by a group of senators headed by Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Republican Chuck Grassley would bar Continue Reading

The whistleblower who plunged Facebook into crisis | News- Tempemail

On Monday, Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp went dark after a router failure. There were thousands of negative headlines, millions of complaints, and more than 3 billion users were forced offline. On Tuesday, the company’s week got significantly worse. Frances Haugen, a former product manager with Facebook, testified Continue Reading

Coward’s palace: PM Scott Morrison flags changes to social media in Australia – video | Australia news- Tempemail

Prime minister Scott Morrison has flagged changes to social media in Australia, saying people should be responsible for what they say online. “Social media has become a coward’s palace where people can go on there, not say who they are, destroy people’s lives, and say the most foul and offensive Continue Reading

Facebook goes down, taking Instagram and WhatsApp with it – follow live | Technology- Tempemail

10.56pm BST 22:56 Max Benwell Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp going down can’t be going well over at Facebook HQ, but it’s very different scenes over on Twitter. Politicians, comedians and even Twitter have taken advantage of the functioning social media site to poke fun at Facebook’s outage and, in some Continue Reading

TechScape: why OnlyFans is pivoting from porn | Technology- Tempemail

User-generated porn site OnlyFans will become … something else, the company announced on Thursday. From 1 October, it will ban “sexually explicit content”, the material that made it a billion-dollar company and refocus on becoming a more mainstream social network. For the uninitiated or those who are pretending to be, Continue Reading

From the archives: Fake it till you make it: meet the wolves of Instagram – podcast | News- Tempemail

We are raiding the Audio Long Read archives to bring you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week, from 2018: Their hero is Jordan Belfort, their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles. But what are these self-styled traders really selling? By Symeon Brown Continue Reading

Biden says Covid-19 misinformation is ‘killing people’ – video | Technology- Tempemail

Joe Biden says social media platforms such as Facebook ‘are killing people’ for allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted. ‘Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,’ the US president told reporters at the White House on Friday. Tempemail , Tempmail – Continue Reading

Is it possible to make the internet safe for children? – podcast | News- Tempemail

The first children who grew up in an online era are now fully grown adults – but we still have no consistent approach to protecting young people online, leaving huge risks around bullying, access to pornography, self-harm imagery and all kinds of content only suitable for adults. With the government’s Continue Reading

Can facial analysis technology create a child-safe internet? | Identity cards- Tempemail

Suppose you pulled out your phone this morning to post a pic to your favourite social network – let’s call it Twinstabooktok – and were asked for a selfie before you could log on. The picture you submitted wouldn’t be sent anywhere, the service assured you: instead, it would use Continue Reading

Can virtual meeting spaces save us all from Zoom fatigue? | Technology

I’m playing online Pictionary while chatting with five people I’ve never met. This is not at all how I usually spend my Thursdays. We’ve all dropped into a virtual meeting space on a site called gather.town, which provides free customisable spaces for anyone who wants to organise a get-together without Continue Reading