Instagram has announced new features designed to restrict hate speech during “sudden spikes” of abuse. Its new “limits” feature automatically hides comments and messages from people who do not follow – or just started following – users who switch it on. It was designed to stop abuse from large numbers of people “who simply pile on in the moment”, Instagram said.
Chinese technology giant Alibaba will sack a manager accused of rape, according to a memo seen by the BBC. In the letter sent to employees of the firm, chief executive Daniel Zhang said two other bosses who failed to act on the allegation have resigned. Alibaba is working with police after a female worker said her male boss raped her in a hotel room while she was unconscious after a “drunken night”.
Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it’s adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost, but didn’t say when that service will launch or what kind of games it will be developing.
Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, and three crewmates soared high above the Texas desert aboard his space venture Blue Origin’s New Shepard launch vehicle on Tuesday and returned to Earth, a historic suborbital flight that helps to inaugurate a new era of private commercial space tourism. The 57-year-old American billionaire flew on a voyage lasting about 10 minutes and 20 seconds to the edge of space.
Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to beat fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos into space by nine days. Branson’s company announced Thursday evening that its next test flight will be July 11 and that its founder will be among the six people on board. The winged rocket ship will soar from New Mexico — the first carrying a full crew of company employees. It will be only the fourth trip to space for Virgin Galactic.
Apple is following through on its pledge to crack down on Facebook and other snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their iPhones in order to target more advertising at users. The new privacy feature, dubbed “App Tracking Transparency,” rolled out Monday as part of an update to the operating system powering the iPhone and iPad. Once the software update is installed apps will be required to ask and receive consent to track online activities.
The parents of a man who killed himself last year have filed a lawsuit against trading app Robinhood over his death. The lawsuit, first reported by CBS News, said 20-year-old Alex Kearns mistakenly believed he owed $730,000 when he took his own life. Dan and Dorothy Kearns say their son was unable to get help or support from customer services before he died.
Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar to Wikipedia to flag potentially misleading tweets. The new system allows users to discuss and provide context to tweets they believe are misleading or false. The project, titled Birdwatch, is a standalone section of Twitter that will at first only be available to a small set of users.
Apple has made advances in its secret self-driving car project and is set to launch production by 2024, according to reports. The iPhone maker has for years been rumored to be working on a self-driving car program known as Project Titan, although the company has never publicly acknowledged it. Now, according to a report by Reuters, Apple has made enough progress in this project to actually aim to build a vehicle for consumers.
Access to YouTube and Gmail is returning to normal after Google services were hit by a global outage. Monitoring website DownDetector noted a spike in reports of difficulties accessing the sites at around 11.30 GMT. It announced shortly afterwards that an issue, reportedly linked to authentication, had been resolved in most territories and that normal services were resuming where possible.