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EU threatens to shut down popular app that pays users to watch videos

Arts, Culture & Media

The European Commission is calling the new TikTok Lite app “toxic as cigarettes.” It’s a spin-off from the makers of the original TikTok, that pays people to watch videos. The EC says it was launched without regard for risks of addiction, or safeguards against children using it. Now they’re threatening to suspend it.

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The people powering AI decisions

Science & Technology
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The lost art of listening

Science & Technology
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Your digital footprint can come back to haunt you, says media historian

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How social media has changed society

Science & Technology
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The man who taught the Kremlin how to win the internet

Konstantin Rykov started his career creating sites like and spreading sexualized photos of women on the internet. He ended up teaching the Kremlin how to move the internet in its favor.

Edward Hopper’s Paintings Invaded by Social Media

Arts, Culture & Media

Edward Hopper’s depictions of modern American life are full of loneliness, regret and boredom — emotions that, 70 years later, social media seems to have heightened. But Nastya Nudnik…

Scream, 2013

Instagramming a mentally ill mom


Understanding a mother’s mental illness through photography.

WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017.

The new DHS plan to gather social media information has privacy advocates up in arms

Global Politics

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has been collecting social media information from visa applicants and immigrants. It said it plans to expand gathering of social media data to include aliases, associated identifiable information and search results. Privacy and civil rights advocates are up in arms.

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How to make biometric technology more secure


What’s on the horizon in biometric security, and how can we make the technology more secure?