YouTube is last big platform openly hosting QAnon content after its users were kicked off Facebook and Instagram



a sign attached to a can: The QAnon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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The QAnon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Facebook and Instagram conducted their most comprehensive purge of QAnon accounts to date on Tuesday.
  • The sites removed thousands of accounts spreading the groundless conspiracy that President Trump is secretly battling a cabal of child-abusing elites. 
  • YouTube, though, still hosts thousands of pro-QAnon posts.
  • “Videos are central to QAnon as video is the most used medium to circulate QAnon content across digital ecosystems,” commented Marc-Andre Argentino, an online extremism expert.
  • YouTube has introduced policies meant to limit disinformation, but has only been partially successful in enforcing them.
  • In the past, YouTube’s algorithms pushed extremist content to thousands of viewers, but the site said it is changing them, 
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New survey says 3 in 10 Android users want the iPhone 12



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iPhone 12 vs. Android

  • Nearly 33% of the Android users polled in a recent survey said they consider upgrading to the upcoming iPhone 12.
  • The main reason for switching to iPhone has nothing to do with the rumored iPhone 12 features. Android users have highlighted the longer software support that iPhones usually get and Apple’s better privacy protections as reasons to ditch iPhone.
  • The rumored price of the iPhone 12 is also a surprising reason to leave Android. Most 2020 Android flagships have been significantly more expensive than the cheapest iPhone 11 version.

October 13th isn’t just the rumored iPhone event date, as Apple went ahead on Tuesday and announced the iPhone 12 virtual press conference will take place on that date.. Apple is expected to unveil a few other products at the show, but the iPhone 12 will be the show’s star. Coming in four

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First empirical study on how users pay visual attention to mobile app designs shows larger and brighter elements don’t catch our eyes after all — ScienceDaily

As part of an international collaboration, Aalto University researchers have shown that our common understanding of what attracts visual attention to screens, in fact, does not transfer to mobile applications. Despite the widespread use of mobile phones and tablets in our everyday lives, this is the first study to empirically test how users’ eyes follow commonly used mobile app elements.

Previous work on what attracts visual attention, or visual saliency, has centered on desktop and web-interfaces.

‘Apps appear differently on a phone than on a desktop computer or browser: they’re on a smaller screen which simply fits fewer elements and, instead of a horizontal view, mobile devices typically use a vertical layout. Until now it was unclear how these factors would affect how apps actually attract our eyes,’ explains Aalto University Professor Antti Oulasvirta.

In the study, the research team used a large set of representative mobile interfaces and eye

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Smart Chastity Sex Toy Could Have Been Hacked to Permanently Lock Users In

Security flaws in the app for an internet-connected male chastity device could have allowed hackers to permanently lock a user’s penis into the sex toy, researchers have revealed.

Pen Test Partners, a security firm based in the U.K., discovered the vulnerabilities in the Qiui Cellmate smart chastity lock in April. It said that because there is no way to manually unlock the device, an “angle grinder or other suitable heavy tool would be required to cut the wearer free.”

It’s a chilling thought, and Pen Test Partners says it discovered numerous security deficiencies in the app.

While the possibility of getting locked into the chastity device was the most eye-catching danger of those discovered by the security firm, it is also notable that the app was leaking a litany of potentially highly sensitive user data, including names, locations, birthdays, passwords and phone numbers, which could be used for extortion, fraud

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Google has ‘good news’ for these smartphone users

Google is set to roll out Night Mode support to smartphones running on Android Go version, which is the toned down version of the operating system from the internet search giant for entry-level smartphones.
Through its official Android account, the company announced that the camera app of the Android Go smartphones supports Night Mode photography.

The tweet also includes a minute long video that claims that this feature will allow users to capture high-quality photos in low-light and without flash support.
“To take great photos in low light conditions, you need strong exposure and noise reduction capabilities, which are typically limited on less expensive Android phones. To solve this, Camera Go has been built for specific camera modules on affordable phones,” said Pranay Bhatia, Google

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Apple Confirms Serious New Problems For iPhone Users

In iOS 14, iPhone owners have received one of the best generational upgrades in years, but it is far from bug free. And now Apple has just confirmed a number of serious problems for upgraders. 

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In an official post, Apple reveals seven significant data and battery-related problems with iOS 14 and watchOS 7, and the company states the only fix is to “erase all content and settings from your iPhone”. 

Breaking these down, Apple classifies six as related to its Activity, Health and Fitness apps as well as the broader problem of “Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.” The latter will not be a surprise to anyone who has seen

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Optus offering NBN users the chance to pay AU$10 for fewer hops

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Optus announced on Friday a new routing product named Game Path where NBN users will be able to pay AU$10 a month for fewer hops of their traffic.

The company is targeting gamers, with users needing to run an application in Windows to take advantage of it. The Singaporean-owned telco said Game Path can “reduce lag on average by 30% — which can mean the difference between life and death in a PC game”.

Optus told ZDNet it was not using any traffic prioritisation, explaining that NBN connections would remain TC-4. Instead, traffic will travel over the fastest available path “using proxy technology, choosing the most optimal/lowest latency path for gaming traffic across the internet”.

“It does this by accessing hundreds of POPs all over the world and constantly analysing the fastest path to gaming servers,” a spokesperson said.

“This will create the most benefit when considering

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WeChat sets the record straight for its 690,000 Aussie users

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The Select Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media has been tasked with probing the risk posed to the nation’s democracy by foreign interference through social media.

Twitter, Google, Tiktok, and Facebook have previously made submissions to the inquiry, with the plan for representatives from each of the social media platforms to eventually face the committee.

TikTok was probed on Friday, using its time to clarify data protection rules, its plans to prevent distressing videos from being viewed on its platform, and how it wasn’t asked to provide assistance to a government investigation, among other things. Facebook was due to appear alongside TikTok, but blamed a scheduling issue for pulling out.

The latest submission [PDF] to the committee as part of its inquiry comes from the Middle Kingdom, by way of popular chat app WeChat.

WeChat is owned and operated by WeChat International Pte Ltd, an entity incorporated in Singapore.

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TikTok Users in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Norway: Ages, Screentime, Open Rates

    

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One in four Britons use TikTok every month, with 17 million regulars spending just over an hour a day on the app, signaling the upstart social network has built a local following almost half as large as Facebook Inc.’s in just three years. 

The data, seen by Bloomberg and contained within a presentation this summer from TikTok’s marketing solutions arm, TikTok for Business, shows that among that group four in 10 are between the ages of 18 and 24 as monthly active users, so-called MAUs. The average Brit uses the app for 66 minutes a day and opens TikTok 13 times in 24 hours. 

In comparison, marketing and research firms We Are Social and Hootsuite estimate Facebook has 37 million users in the U.K.

TikTok has grown prodigiously as more people seek entertainment during lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus. A similar presentation distributed in

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Apple’s services, including the App Store, iCloud, and Apple Music are down for some users



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  • Apple reported widespread outages Tuesday evening impacting services such as the App Store, Apple Store, iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, and Apple TV.
  • Users across the US, along with website connectivity monitor DownDetector, reported experiencing difficulties connecting to a variety of Apple services.
  • “Users are experiencing a problem with this service. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” Apple’s website said.
  • This story is developing; check back for updates.
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Many of Apple’s services experienced outages Tuesday evening, the company confirmed on its system status page. 

“Users are experiencing a problem with this service. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available,” the company said.

Apple said it has resolved some of the issues but did not reply to a request for comment on what caused the outage.

Here’s

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