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TikTok fined €345m over children’s data privacy.

TikTok fined €345m over children’s data privacy.

International, Science & Technology
Irish regulators have fined TikTok €345m (£296m) for violating children's privacy. The complaint concerned how the social media app handled children's data in 2020 - particularly around age verification and privacy settings. It is the biggest fine to date TikTok has received from regulators. A spokesperson for the social media firm said it "respectfully disagree[s] with the decision, particularly the level of the fine imposed". "The criticisms are focused on features and settings that were in place three years ago, and that we made changes to well before the investigation even began, such as setting all under 16 accounts to private by default," they said. The fine was issued by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDP...
Ghana school students talk about their social media addiction, and how it affects their use of English

Ghana school students talk about their social media addiction, and how it affects their use of English

Ghana News, Lifestyle & Social, Science & Technology
Social media networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, YouTube and Instagram have been shown to have significantly transformed student behaviour. But the focus has been on students’ social behaviour. And on how the English language is being spoken because of social media use. The relationship between social media and students’ English language writing has been largely ignored. Our team of four researchers who specialize in language studies set out to study the relationship between social media use and English language performance. We studied one English as a Second Language class at Fiaseman Senior High School in Tarkwa, western Ghana. English is Ghana’s official language and is the medium of instruction for all levels of education. We learnt from the students t...

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