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Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse

The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found It reports that one 13-year-old boy with a profile on the Grindr app was raped or abused by at least 21 men.  The Sunday Times also found 60 further instances of child sex offences related to the use of online dating services — including grooming, kidnapping and violent assault, according to the BBC, which covered the report.…

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Tech platforms called to support public interest research into mental health impacts

The tech industry has been called on to share data with public sector researchers so the mental health and psychosocial impacts of their service on vulnerable users can be better understood, and also to contribute to funding the necessary independent research over the next ten years. The UK’s chief medical officers have made the call in a document setting out advice and guidance for the government about children’s and young people’s screen use. They have also called for the industry to agree a code of conduct around the issue. Concerns…

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Instagram’s direct messaging might be soon available on the web

You could be getting Instagram DMs on your desktop soon.Image: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images There’s no dearth of messaging platforms on the web, but Instagram DMs have likely become a big part of your online life. A prototype, spotted by software engineer Jane Manchun Wong, shows the platform making moves toward making its direct messaging service, Direct, accessible via your browser. SEE ALSO: Instagram’s new donation sticker will make it easy to give money to charities Given how many of our interactions happen on Instagram these days, it makes…

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‘Hair nails’ are the latest trend we hope won’t grow on you

Umbilical cords are not usually part of the traditional manicure experience.  Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule. Russian nail artist Nail Sunny recently shared intricate nail art featuring a detailed chair (with stirrups) and a little woman in a pink hospital gown.  The nail appears to be giving birth. View this post on Instagram @world_record_egg challenge 🥚Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked video post on Instagram 🥚 😂🤙🏽 PLEASE LIKE THIS VIDEO @nail_sunny #NAILSUNNYTUTORIAL p.s. Конечно же мы не могли не отреагировать на событие…

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A story of an online stalker takes a bizarre turn down the deepest of rabbit holes

Buckle up — this Twitter thread is a wild ride.  A serial plagiarist was caught in a lie — really, many lies — after making up a fake story for an Instagram caption, and it shines a light on the harassment women in tech face.    In a now-deleted post, a software developer Tee Medlin — supposed software developer, since who knows what’s true anymore — claimed that a woman who was pictured but not named was stalking him during a tech conference.  SEE ALSO: Self-driving robots and cars deliver…

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This Account Creates Collages of the Travel Photos You See Everywhere

@insta_repeat is doing God’s work. Their profile description sums it up aptly: “Déjà Vu Vibes 🌲 Wander. Roam. Replicate.” The account, which is curiously ‘verified’, makes 3×4 collages of common Instagram travel photos that you probably see clogging your timeline. As standalone images in your feed they can be beautiful, even inspiring (or envy-inducing); but as collages like these it reminds us that: originality is tough, social media isn’t real life, and you’re unique just like everyone else 🙂 Finally, it’s just for fun. Please don’t take this parody account—or…

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Animator Dad Illustrates His Kids Drawings and Everything is Awesome

Last year animator and illustrator Thomas Romain found himself marvelling at one of his son’s drawings. He admired his imagination and figured as an artist himself, maybe he could embellish and build upon his son’s originality. Fast forward to today and Romain has illustrated hundreds of his two sons’ (now aged 9 and 11) fantastic drawings, and the family have amassed a huge online following for their ongoing series of works. Thomas has even launched a YouTube channel and Patreon page that shows how each drawing comes to life. Below…

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Chinas WeChat is the latest to get Snap-like Stories

WeChat, the Chinese messaging giant with more than 1 billion monthly active users around the world, just added a Snap-like ephemeral video feature as part of its biggest overhaul since 2014. The revamp comes as Tencent, which owns stakes in Snap, sees increasing rivalry from up-and-comers like video app TikTok and news app Jinri Toutiao. WeChat has, over the years, morphed beyond a straight-up messenger to include many utility purposes. With more than 1 million lightweight apps up and running, users can accomplish a long list of tasks, ranging from shopping…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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Jameela Jamil Is Calling Out Celebrities Who Push Detox Teas One By One In A Savage Way

In her far from subtle Twitter series, Jamil summed up her criticism by saying she hoped they all sh*t their pants in public. Scroll down below to read Jamil’s humorously blunt message on the nonsense behind these ads along with the comments she received. Actress Jameela Jamil recently fired shots at celebrities who promote “flat tummy teas” on Twitter khloekardashian jameelajamil iamcardib jameelajamil jameelajamil And explained how the “weight loss” teas work jameelajamil jameelajamil She then shared her own struggles with body image jameelajamil jameelajamil The tweets reached the attention…

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Garfield the cat just pissed off a bunch of people on Election Day

The midterm elections have outdone themselves in terms of absurdity thanks to Garfield, the cartoon cat whose comic strip hasn’t been funny since President Ronald Reagan left the White House. Yes, Garfield, the cat who loves lasagna and hates Mondays, is apparently apathetic about whether or not you vote, according to a post on the comic strip character’s Instagram account. Now people are arguing that Garfield’s gone full Melania online. View this post on Instagram What the fuck is this, Garfield pic.twitter.com/zDvQzlkXPd — Matt D. Wilson (@TheMattDWilson) November 6, 2018…

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Instagram launches scannable Nametags, tests school networks for teen growth

When your feed and Stories trays go stale, or your follower count stops rising, you drift away from Instagram . That’s why the app is rolling out two big new features designed to connect you to new people and diversify your graph so there’s always something surprising to look at and like. Today Instagram launches its QR Snapcode-style Nametags globally on iOS and Android, after TechCrunch broke the news on the feature back in March and April. Though not technically QR codes, they’re scanned like them to let you follow people you…

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35 Thought-Provoking Illustrations That I Created Over The Past Couple Of Years

In 2010 I made a five-month trip from Sydney to Beijing. During my travels, I met so many great artists and designers that I knew that as soon as I returned home to Germany illustration would be my new path. I worked on watercolor drawings and portraits, but something was missing and it would take me months to find my personal style. I was looking for a fast and bold way to bring the images and thoughts out of my head. So I started a series of illustrations called “Mindshots”…

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Book-Lover Turns Her Massive Library Into Art, And Her 90k Instagram Followers Approve

Some people like to read art books, others enjoy making art from books. ‘Bookstagrammer’ Elizabeth Sagan has been sharing her love for books with her 90k followers for several years, and never ceases to amaze everyone with her creative scenarios. It all began with sharing her favorite reads, then interactive shots with a bookcase. As she became more and more involved with the idea, photos got steadily more complex and creative. Today she creates intricate and inspiring artwork from her massive collection of books. If this art form seems familiar,…

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