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London, May 20, 2019 (MIA) - Pedophiles increasingly use social networks, especially Instagram to lure children, according to a study by the Association for the Protection of Children against Violence.
Police in England and Wales reported 1,944 incidents involving sexual connotation involving children.
For that type of communication with children, Instagram was mostly used - 32 percent (1,317 cases), Facebook (23 percent) and Snapchat (14 percent).
Facebook and Instagram have fiercely fought against this. In April two years ago, it was decided to punish that kind of communication.
Five years after the decision was made, five thousand such violations were recorded, but in the Association they say that the figure does not reflect the true state of affairs.
A police report said seven out of ten victims were girls aged 12 to 15 years. Every fifth girl is under the age of 11, and the youngest victim was only five years old.
Peter Vanles, director of the Association, says social networks do not respect the rules.
-The data show that children cannot be safe on social networks. We must not wait for the next tragedy to happen. Companies must respond, he says.
The National Anti-Crime Agency says that the platforms used by children and young people must have mechanisms that prevent such behavior on the Internet.
"Children and young people should be alerted when these situations are in question," they stress.
Tune is a browser extension Chrome developed by Jigsaw, an incubator created by Google, which is now Alphabet. The extension is still in the test phase, but it is already seen that it will be useful. For now, the filter is available for content on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Disqus, which is a big part of the online discussion.
With the help of artificial intelligence, Tune analyzes comments left on websites. The extension of the users allows them to completely remove wicked and poisonous comments. The very fact that is in an experimental phase certainly speaks enough to assume that some of the comments that need to be missed are not, and vice versa; comments that need to be filtered are missed.
People can select one of the comments themselves and label them as "toxic" or "safe". This makes artificial intelligence training and becomes better with more use. The system is based on Perspective AI, and Google has opened this system on YouTube and channel owners can activate it on their profiles and remove inappropriate comments at once.
Content filtering is in several levels, from the Zen level, which completely removes all, even the useful comments, to no filtering and omission of everything. Certainly, there are filtering levels between which allow the removal of insults, bouts, and the like. Additionally, filtering is possible on different platforms, so if a user sets up a low filter on YouTube it can put a stricter filter for example for Reddit.
Twitter announced today that it will begin testing a new application called Twttr, which will have the task of transforming the application into an experimental platform for testing new features and features.
Twttr borrows the original name of the Twitter application, and it was first presented to the public during CES 2019 in January, but is only available to the first group of testers.
For starters, Twttr will be used as an application that will find ways to better read, understand, and engage in conversations, but in the future, it could transform the way Twitter looks and works.
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The presidential race in the United States is slowly starting part of the candidates who will try to win Democrats are already known. Senator Elisabeth Warren is one of 14 candidates to compete for a Democratic Party representative.
Probably the most interesting thing for us is its controversial attitude to major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google.
The senator's plan for these companies is to separate. The reason for this is the defense of small and new businesses. Part of the actions to be taken is both review and probably annulment of some of the mergers (acquisitions) of companies. The senator mentions Google for Waze and Double Click; Facebook for Instagram and WhatsApp; Amazon for Whole Foods and Zappos.
"What I want is a government that will provide everyone, and the largest and most powerful companies in the United States to play by rules. I want to provide the next generation of American technology companies to make progress. For this we need to stop this generation of large companies that use their political power to shape the rules in their favor and to use their economic power to buy every potential competitor, "says the senator on her blog.
Here's what the potential split of these companies looks like:
All major companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook will have to be registered as platforms. All other services and parts of companies will have to be separated from all platform participants.
Companies will be forbidden to own platforms and use platforms. In addition, there should not be any exchange of data between third parties and platforms. Platforms will have to meet standards for fair, reasonable operation and non-discrimination to their users.
According to the law that the Senator plans to adopt, Amazon Marketplace, Google Ad Exchange and Google Search would be platforms.
In addition, the law will also include measures to defend competition by banning the purchase of innovative competing companies. These legal solutions will prohibit purchases of companies like Facebook when they buy Instagram and WhatsApp, for example.
And where is Apple?
One of the giants that are not mentioned in the blog is Apple. If you thought the company was safe under these changes, you made a mistake. Apple is also one of the companies to be divided, says the senator in an interview with Verge.
"Apple needs to be separated from the App Store. They should either be a platform or participate in the store. It can not be both things at the same time. "
The senator identifies the current behavior of technology companies with the behavior of railroad owners when the railroads were built. Then the owners of the railway used their transportation of steel produced in plants that were in their possession. For their steel, the cost of transport was considerably lower compared to steal from competitors. Thus, companies managed to secure additional earnings by abusing their position on the market. The law now proposed by the senator is a kind of contemporary copy of this law.
Instagram began investigating the mistake that causes some of the most popular influencers to lose millions of followers on this social network. The most popular profiles are those who maintain the network, so Instagram immediately "throws" in action.
"We are aware of the problems that change on certain profiles, that is, decreases the number of trackers. We're working hard to fix this problem, "Instagram said.
Popular Jubilee, including James Charles and Zack Clayton, who had millions of Instagram followers, pointed out this problem last night on social networks. Popular singers Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez also noted that they are losing many followers.
"I lost almost half a million followers. What's going on, "Charles wrote on Twitter.
A report by business companies like Fast Company suggests that Instagram is taking action to remove millions of non-authentic users, causing loss of trackers.
Instagram announced in November that they will remove the profiles created for gaining popularity on this social network but did not confirm that they will take actions to delete them.
The social network must not use Instagram and WhatsApp data if it has not received direct permission from users. The ban comes from the German agency for the protection of competition in the market, Bundeskartellamt.
In particular, the regulator considered two parts. The first conclusion is that WhatsApp and Instagram can collect data. It is further stated that these data must not be combined with the user's Facebook data without permission from the user. The same is true for combining data from users from any other services. Additionally, usually ticking as a data sharing permit will not be enough.
This applies only to Germany, although it seems unlikely that soon the practice will not spill out of Germany, the BBC says.
The social network immediately appealed this decision. Facebook says the decision comes from an unauthorized agency, given that they do not have a monopoly. They reiterated that they have competition in YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter. Adding that 40% of social network users in Germany do not use Facebook.
Of course, all this was followed by the explanations that these data are key to improving the platforms and for greater customer safety. Although he did not write in his blog, probably the main reason for collecting us all data is the ads and of course to present data on the relevance of advertising on the social network
Each year Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sets a task or plan that he intends to fulfill in the next year. His plan for 2019 is to improve the world of technology by asking questions and discussions with his colleagues from Silicon Valley.
"My challenge for 2019 is to organize a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society - the opportunities, challenges, hopes, and unknown elements. [...] Every couple of weeks I will talk with leaders, experts and people from our community who they come from different branches and I will try different formats for all to be interesting. All of these discussions will be public and will be broadcast on my Facebook and Instagram profiles, "Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his Facebook status.
In his announcement, Zuckerberg posed questions about artificial intelligence, encryption, online communities, job creation, decentralization, and many other fields that are a "hot" topic in the technology world.