Why are we seeing the chair emoji everywhere in comments on social media posts? It's a new trend that is storming the platforms. Is it to show support for a particular movement? A feminist statement? Am anti-racist symbol? Nope, none of the above. It all started with... a joke! Hold on to your chair, we'll explain everything.
It all started on TikTok, as is so often the case. It was user Anthony Mai, aka @blank.antho, who single-handedly kicked off this movement on TikTok in early August. The goal is simple: replace the laughter emoji with the chair emoji to indicate when something is funny. A joke or "inside joke" intended to be insider knowledge among a small circle of users. A small circle that has grown. Since its publication, the video has accumRead More »
Li Zhanguo’s two children, ages 4 and 8, don’t have their own smartphones, but like millions of other Chinese children, they are no strangers to online gaming.
"If my children get their hands on our mobile phones or an iPad, and if we don’t closely monitor their screen time, they can play online games for as long as three to four hours each time,” he said.
Like many other parents, Li is happy with new government restrictions that limit children to just three hours weekly of online gaming time - an hour between 8pm and 9pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday most weeks.
The restrictions, which took effect earlier this month, are a tightening of 2019 rules that banned children from gaming overnight and limited them to 90 minuteRead More »
Russia’s Internet regulator is poised to significantly raise the fines it has slapped on US technology companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc as the Kremlin escalates its push to curb access to information online.
Companies that refuse to delete content judged to be illegal in Russia could soon face amends of 5% to 20% of their annual local revenue, Roskomnadzor, the federal communications watchdog, said in an email Monday.
"For a number of companies that have systematically refused to comply with the agency’s legal demands, the issue of fines on revenue is being considered in the near future,” the press service said. It will also consider other means of enforcement, it said.
Russia has ratcheted up pressure on foreign technology compRead More »
WhatsApp multi-device beta test: Two big changes are coming to WhatsApp, the world's most popular encrypted messenger service — the ability to encrypt cloud backups to iCloud and Google Drive, and multi-device support.
The first WhatsApp feature will allow users' chats to be securely backed up to the cloud, while the latter will allow users to use WhatsApp on multiple devices, including WhatsApp Desktop, WhatsApp Web, and on a Portal device. We recently reported that WhatsApp was rolling out the multi-device beta testing for the upcoming feature to iOS users on the stable (non-beta) channel.
While the Facebook-owned company still has to iron out bugs and issues with the WhatsApp multi-device support before it is rolled out to users, the arrival of the betaRead More »
ByteDance Ltd introduced a TikTok-style service for China’s youth that sets strict controls on daily usage after Beijing stepped up efforts to protect minors from the Internet’s risks.
The app, called Xiao Qu Xing or "Little Fun Star,” offers a personalised feed of short videos in areas ranging from science to literature and art history. Users are allowed to like clips but not upload or share them, while parents can adjust the usage time for their kids to at most 40 minutes per day.
China’s government is seeking to implement far-reaching rules on the algorithms tech companies use to recommend videos and other content, while top officials and state media alike have trained their sights on the amount of time teenagers spend on smartphones.Read More »
TOPEKA, Kansas: Kids across the US are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalising school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school administrators seeking to contain the viral Internet trend.
The “devious licks” challenge that swept social media this week is plaguing principals and school district administrators who already must navigate a bitter debate over requiring masks to keep Covid-19 in check. Some schools have had to more closely monitor or even shut down bathrooms, where much of the damage is occurring.
No section of the nation appears to have been untouched. In northeast Kansas, Lawrence High School had to close several bathrooms after students pried soap dispensers off thRead More »
Facebook Inc pushed back on reports that the company was aware of the negative impact of its products, claiming that the allegations don’t tell the whole picture.
The issues of content moderation, mental health risks and misinformation are complex and defy simple policy solutions, according to a statement from Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, posted Saturday. He said the series of articles published by the Wall Street Journal last week is based on incomplete information about difficult subjects.
The Journal’s reporting ignited another round of outrage in Washington, especially focused on what Facebook knew about the mental health impact that its photo-sharing platform Instagram has on teen girls. Several lawmakers have pledRead More »
Believe it or not, you may have more power in getting others vaccinated against Covid-19 than scientists.
In recent years, social media research and large-scale social network experiments have shown that family and friends could be more effective than public health officials in terms of directing useful information to those around us, largely because we tend to trust knowledgeable people who are close to us and can tailor our messaging to better connect with loved ones.
From The Scientific American:
Indeed, a sibling or a friend online or next door is in some ways better able to underscore the importance of behaviours such as masking and physical distancing than public health agencies or experts such as (Dr. Anthony) Fauci. It's not only thRead More »
The FBI is warning people to not fall prey to sextortionists.
Sextortion is a growing trend as criminals use social media and video games to elicit nude photos and videos from young children, adults and romantic partners, FBI officials said.
The criminals then use the materials to blackmail victims into sending money or more explicit photos, FBI El Paso Division Special Agent Jeanette Harper said.
"What we usually see is a relationship that either goes sour or wasn't even legitimate to begin with where the victim is lured into a false sense of security and succumbs to pressure of providing those images or those type of videos," Harper said.
"The (sextortionist) wants to distribute private or sensitive materials to your friends, your familyRead More »
The latest troubling TikTok trend, dubbed “Devious Licks” by teens and students, has been banned from the platform.
The clips first started to gain momentum earlier this month and typically feature the participant showing off items — ranging from wet floor signs to microscopes and projectors to paper towel holders — they allegedly stole from school.
No matter the object though, it’s always described by the presenter as a devious or diabolical “lick,” depending on the scale of the theft.
According to a January update to Urban Dictionary, a “lick” refers to “a successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday for the protagonist.”
TikTok on Wednesday confirmed it is removing hashtagsRead More »