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Instagram to block LGBT 'conversion therapy' services

Image copyright PA Image caption The government’s LGBT Action Plan promised in 2018 it would ban ‘conversion therapy’ Instagram will block the promotion of “conversion therapy”, which tries to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity, the social media giant has told the BBC. Campaigners are urging the government to …

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TikTok deleted 49 million 'rule-breaking' videos

Image copyright EPA TikTok says it deleted more than 49 million videos which broke its rules, between July and December 2019. About a quarter of those videos were deleted for containing adult nudity or sexual activity, the business said, in its latest transparency report. The video-sharing app also revealed it …

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How the US caught flashy Nigerian Instagrammers 'with $40m'

Image copyright mrwoodbery Image caption Olalekan Jacob Ponle, known as “mrwoodbery” to his Instagram followers, flaunted his wealth The day after his 29th birthday in May, Olalekan Jacob Ponle posted a picture on his Instagram standing next to a bright yellow Lamborghini in Dubai. “Stop letting people make you feel …

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New video format 'halves data use of 4K and 8K TVs'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Although 8K televisions are becoming more common, there is currently little content available in that resolution A new video-encoding technology that promises to cut data use by at least half has been announced, after three years of talks involving some of the tech industry’s …

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TikTok to exit Hong Kong 'within days'

Image copyright Getty Images TikTok has said it will quit Hong Kong after China imposed a new security law on the city. “In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a spokesman told the BBC. The company’s exit from the city …

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The gaming boss who gets addicted to the games

Image copyright Sara Lando Image caption Andrew has expanded Keywords’ workforce from 50 to 7,500 The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Andrew Day, chief executive of computer games developer Keywords Studios. Andrew Day knows from personal experience …

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Minecraft: Lockdown lesson recreates ancient island tomb

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBronze Age tomb recreated on Minecraft Take an archaeologist, a bored schoolgirl living through coronavirus lockdown, and a shared interest in exploring ancient tombs. The result? One of Wales’ most important Bronze Age sites recreated – in the video game Minecraft. It …

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