Data breaches and similar violations have sent social media giants to court several times so far. But how much did they actually have to pay for their actions? Cybersecurity firm Surfshark recently analyzed it, and the results are staggering. According to the study, since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was established in 2018, half of the top 10 social media platforms have incurred fines totaling €2.9 billion ($3.1 billion) for GDPR violations. What’s more, one-third of these fines were linked to children’s data!
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A US judge has ruled that Google, Meta and Byte Dance can be held accountable for child social media addiction lawsuits. The social media companies had previously asserted that they could not be blamed.
U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers’ decision now means that Google, Snap, Bytedance and Meta must now face up to the legal consequences of hundreds of legal cases that blame them for children’s addiction to their platforms.
It seems like not a week goes by where some new photo-sharing app claims to be the next
anti-Christ anti-Instagram. Frankly, it’s getting a bit old. But anyway, here it is, in case you were interested.
Daylyy (which is also annoying to spell, so I don’t hold out too many hopes for this one) is claiming to make you ‘worry less’ and ‘post more’. Seems like a bold claim, but let’s take a closer look at how this app is so different from all the others.
A bipartisan coalition of 33 state attorneys general has sued Meta, accusing the company of intentionally designing harmful features on Instagram and Facebook. According to the lawsuit, the company knowingly addicted many young users to overuse these apps.
After Maryland, Seattle, and Texas, New York is now taking a step against social media and its negative impacts of social media on children. Alarmed by rising cases of anxiety, depression, and self-harm among the youngest, state officials are zeroing in on popular platforms such as TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and X (FKA Twitter).
The first day of college may be exhilarating, but the next four years could be a mixed bag of emotions. The day of the wedding could be blissful, but the next few decades, or much less for some, could be navigated through both easy and treacherous terrain. In more recent times, going viral on social media might follow a similar trajectory. The moment of “virality” may be intoxicating, but the days, weeks, and months that follow could be thrilling and nauseating. Usually, the person who crashes into newfound fame will hardly know what to do afterward. Why? Because they didn’t prepare for it. People rarely plan to “go viral,” so if they do, everything that follows is essentially a novelty.
GoPro has announced the newest iteration of its flagship action camera, the GoPro Hero 12 (buy here). It brings with it some new features over the GoPro Hero 11 (buy here), including the ability to natively shoot vertical video.
Longer runtimes should also be expected of the GoPro Hero 12 when shooting 4K and even HDR videos, compared to its predecessor. The company finally added a 1/4″-20 socket underneath, letting you do away with pesky GoPro mounts.
Even though Instagram has 2.35 billion users (at the time of writing this), it looks like we have a love-hate relationship with the app. Cybersecurity experts at VPN Pro recently did an interesting study examining which social media app people want to delete the most. According to the results, it’s Instagram. But other social media apps have rated high on this list, so let’s dive in and see the rest of the results.
Teens in Texas are about to face some changes in their online activities. After Utah and Louisiana, Texas is also about to require parental consent for kids under 18 to access social media. This new law is called HB 18, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed it on Wednesday. And it’s definitely coming, taking effect on September 1, 2023.
Which social media platform do you use to build your photography or video business? You are using at least one right? Done correctly, it can be an amazing addition in how you reach your potential clients. Done poorly, and it’s little more than a time suck.
But which platform should you be using? There are so many to choose from, and with the goal posts changing frequently it can be confusing. In this video, the guys from YCImaging posted every day for two weeks on three of the major apps: YouTube shorts, Instagram reels, and TikTok to see which would build their audience the quickest.