Italy blocks TikTok for some users following girl’s death

  • January 23, 2021
TikTok is facing mounting concerns over its approach to younger users. The Guardian reports that Italy’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has blocked TikTok for users whose age can’t be verified after a 10-year-old girl died while allegedly participat…

Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition

  • January 17, 2021
The antitrust cases against Facebook and Google might have some additional fuel. The New York Times says it has obtained documents from Texas’ antitrust lawsuit elaborating on a “sweetheart deal” (first mentioned by the Wall Street Journal) Google ga…

Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories and military gear

  • January 16, 2021
Facebook is continuing its crackdown on potential domestic terrorism at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The social network told BuzzFeed News that it was temporarily banning US ads for gun accessories and military gear, such as holsters and…

Watch the ‘Ratatouille’ TikTok musical encore at 8PM Eastern

  • January 10, 2021
The Ratatouille TikTok musical was enough of a hit that it’s coming back. The Verge notes that TikTok is hosting a second showing of the actor- and fan-driven performance tonight (January 10th) at 8PM Eastern. You won’t have to buy tickets, but you’l…

Facebook is winding down some of its Irish tax havens

  • December 27, 2020
Facebook is closing some of the companies that were key to its Irish tax havens. The Sunday Times and The Guardian report that Facebook is winding down three Ireland holding companies and moving their intellectual property to the US, increasing the c…

Twitter acquires screen-sharing and video chat startup Squad

  • December 11, 2020
On Friday, Twitter announced the acquisition of Squad, an app that allows you to share your screen and video chat with friends at the same time. According to TechCrunch, the entire team, including co-founders Esther Crawford and Ethan Sutin, will joi…