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What happened to the likes? X is now hiding which posts you like from other users

Jun. 12, 2024 17:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Social media platform X is now hiding your likes. In an update posted on the platform formerly known as Twitter earlier this week, X's engineering team said it would be “making Likes private for everyone to better protect your privacy." That means that users will...

Officials work to bring home US instructors recovering after stabbing attack at Chinese park

Jun. 11, 2024 18:18 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. officials worked Tuesday to bring home four injured instructors from Iowa’s Cornell College who were stabbed in the northeast Chinese city of Jilin, where they were teaching. Jilin city police said a 55-year-old man surnamed Cui was walking in a public park...

Jennifer Aniston launches children's book series with best 'friend' Clydeo the dog

Jun. 11, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inspired by her beloved dog, Jennifer Aniston will soon become a children's author. The “Friends” star has a four-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers and animation studio Invisible Studio for a series of works featuring the animated dog Clydeo, based on the...

Facebook owner Meta seeks to train AI model on European data as it faces privacy concerns

Jun. 10, 2024 14:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Meta wants to use data from users in privacy-conscious Europe to train its artificial intelligence models, the social media giant said Monday as it faces concerns about data protection while battling to keep up with rivals like OpenAI and Google. The company, which...

Mississippi is the latest state sued by tech group over age verification on websites

Jun. 07, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law requiring users of websites and other digital services to verify their age will unconstitutionally limit access to online speech for minors and adults, a tech industry group says in a lawsuit filed Friday. Legislators said the new law is...

New York moves to ban 'addictive' social media feeds for kids

Jun. 07, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Legislature on Friday passed a bill that would allow parents to block their kids from getting social media posts suggested by a platform's algorithm — a regulation that tries to curtail feeds that critics argue are addicting to children. ...

Vietnam national security police confirm arrest of prominent writer Truong Huy San for Facebook post

Jun. 07, 2024 13:24 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Vietnam announced Friday that they have charged prominent journalist and historian Truong Huy San with violating a national security law because of writing he had posted on Facebook, the website of the newspaper Tuoi Tre and other state media reported. ...

Keeping children safe on social media: What parents should know to protect their kids

Jun. 06, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

At what age should kids be on social media? Should they be on it at all? If they aren't, will they be social pariahs? Should parents monitor their conversations? Do parental controls work? Navigating social media as a parent — not to mention a child — is not easy. Using social...

One image, seen by millions: A social media effort to draw attention to Rafah surges

Jun. 06, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

The image shows tents in a camp, highlighted to spell out one single phrase: “All Eyes on Rafah.” It has been shared more than 50 million times. A single image, not even an authentic photograph, is the focus of a singular campaign on Instagram that has caught the attention of...

A realistic way to protect kids from social media? Find a middle ground

Jun. 06, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

Ahmed Othman isn't on TikTok and doesn't want to be. He and his younger sister got iPhones when they were in eighth and seventh grade respectively, but with no social media, just iMessage. Their parents, who are both computer scientists, spent the next year teaching them about social...