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!
Nepal has joined the growing list of countries banning TikTok. The social media giant owned by Byte Dance currently has over 1 billion active users worldwide. However, its popularity hasn’t stopped it from becoming the target of bans.
According to the New York Times, the decision comes soon after the Nepalese government passed a rule that social media companies need to register with the local government.
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).
New York City has officially banned the popular social media app TikTok from all city-owned devices, with the ban taking immediate effect.
This comes in response to concerns about the app’s potential security risks to the city’s technical networks, as highlighted by an assessment carried out by the NYC Cyber Command.
Have you always wanted to exploit your hard-won years of photographic and video experience to help big brands advertise their products for absolutely no guarantee of financial compensation? Well, thanks to TikTok’s new Creative Challenge, that’s exactly what you can do!
The social media app launched the new feature this week. It essentially lets users create advertisements from a list of briefs. The brand can then select its favourite from the submitted videos and run it as an advertisement. However, there is absolutely no guarantee of payment for the creators.
When you watch red carpet videos and reels, there’s always a celebrity posing awkwardly and a bunch of speedlights flashing as photographers snap away. But a TikToker Tiff Baira recently took the awkwardness of red carpet posing to a whole new level when no one took a photo of her. She blamed it on the photographers, of course, claiming that they didn’t take her photos because “they didn’t think she was hot enough.” Oh, honey… You got it all wrong!
It looks like AI is everywhere now: we create and edit images with its help, we write with AI tools, and even have video chats with artificial humans. AI could also be coming to TikTok soon, helping you spend even more time on the platform. In a recent announcement, TikTok revealed that it’s testing a chatbot that will help you find the content you like.
A thriving photographer was recently in the middle of a very weird story involving her camera. Her mom accidentally donated her Canon R6 Mark II to a Goodwill where it was sold for $70. This led to a massive emotional rollercoaster and huge support from the TikTok community. They helped to trace the couple who’d bought the camera, and it all led to even more kindness from Canon themselves.
After Montana banned TikTok, it happened what we all thought it would: the creators have struck back. A group of app users has sued the state of Montana in an attempt to overturn the controversial decision. They claim that the ban violates the First Amendment but also deprives the users of many other constitutional rights.