A smartphone free childhood? A global movement is growing

Photo: Jaromir Chalabala / Getty LONDON — The evidence linking smartphone use with mental health harms in children is growing and one grassroots organization in the U.K. is supporting parents who are refraining from giving their kids the devices. Smartphone Free Childhood, founded by Daisy Greenwell and Clare Fernyhough in February, set up various group … Read more

‘Without consequence’: Intelligence memos warn of runaway political violence online – National

The torrent of online threats against public officials has led some Canadians to believe they can threaten, encourage and cheer on political violence with impunity, newly released government documents warn. Canadian intelligence officials say threatening rhetoric is increasingly seen as a legitimate way to express frustrations, grievances and dissent, fuelling a surge of often violent … Read more

Meta to lift Trump’s Facebook and Instagram restrictions ahead of election

Former President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign rally at the Trump National Doral Golf Club on July 09, 2024 in Doral, Florida.  Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images Meta said Friday it will remove any previously imposed penalties and restrictions on former president Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, as the … Read more

EU charges X under social media laws, takes aim at platform’s blue checks – National

The European Union said Friday that blue checkmarks from Elon Musk’s X are deceptive and that the online platform falls short on transparency and accountability requirements, the first charges against a tech company since the bloc’s new social media regulations took effect. The European Commission outlined the preliminary findings from its investigation into X, formerly … Read more

The EU Is Coming for X’s Paid Blue Checks

Paid-for blue checks on social media network X deceive users and are abused by malicious actors, the European Union said today, threatening the Elon Musk-owned platform with millions of dollars in fines unless the company makes changes. Enabling any account to pay for a verification breaches the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), European Commission officials … Read more

At 25, Metafilter Feels Like a Time Capsule From Another Internet

Jessamyn West used to describe Metafilter as a social network for non-friends, a description belied in part by the tight-knit camaraderie that emerges in an online group of only a few thousand people. West herself is an example: She met her partner on the site. She also describes the Metafilter cohort as “a community of … Read more

Elon Musk’s X deceives users and breaches online content rules, EU says

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of SpaceX and Tesla and owner of X, speaks at the Milken Conference 2024 in Beverly Hills, California, May 6, 2024. David Swanson | Reuters Elon Musk’s X is in breach of EU online content rules as the social media platform uses “dark patterns” to deceive users, the European Commission … Read more

Election deepfakes may undermine institutional credibility: Moody’s

With election season underway and artificial intelligence evolving rapidly, AI manipulation in political advertising is becoming an issue of greater concern to the market and economy. A new report from Moody’s on Wednesday warns that generative AI and deepfakes are among the election integrity issues that could present a risk to U.S. institutional credibility. “The … Read more

Company to cut 10% of workforce

Daniel Dines, Co-founder & CEO at UiPath addresses the audience during the third day of the Web Summit 2021 at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon.  Bruno de Carvalho | SOPA Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images UiPath, a developer of automation software, is cutting 10% of its workforce, or about 420 jobs, as part of … Read more

B&M brings back discontinued chocolate bar and shoppers have gone wild

Fan favourite chocolate, Milky Way Crispy Roll is making a return and shoppers can get their hands on the popular treat from budget store B&M. Taking to its Instagram page, B&M shared the brilliant news with its shoppers with a carousel of pictures showing exactly what customers can buy – which is 6 packs of … Read more