TikTok Adjusts User Terms Amid Legal Scrutiny

Parents, schools, and attorneys general have concerns about TikTok hooking children to the app and serving inappropriate content. Legal action could be difficult after TikTok changed its terms of service The terms were changed quietly this summer to include a suggested timeline for bringing legal action within a year of the alleged harm. The possibility of legal action against TikTok is rising, as a coalition of more than 40 state attorneys general is investigating the social media giant’s treatment of young users. Mr. Roche, a lawyer representing more than 1,000 guardians and minors, sent a letter challenging the updated terms. Leigh Cardinal, a mother in Chico, Calif., is among Mr. Roche’s clients, claiming that her child “went into a dark space” with anxiety and depression while scrolling through TikTok. In October, a coalition of 33 attorneys general jointly sued Meta in a federal court, saying that the social media giant had unfairly ensnared children and teens and deceived users about the safety of its platform. A University of Chicago law professor expects TikTok would have a hard time defending the changes to its terms of service in court.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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