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January 10, 2020

Twitter Will Give You Control Over Who Can Reply to Tweets (Engadget)

You might not have to worry about strangers hurling abuse. Twitter has yet another way to reduce harassment in your mentions: Prevent ne'er-do-wells from replying in the first place. It's developing a feature that lets you determine who's allowed to participate in the conversation. Read more:

Facebook Will Let You Reduce the Number of Political Ads You See — But It Still Won’t Stop Politicians from Lying in Them (Forbes)

Facebook announced in a Thursday blog post that it’s releasing several new features that will allow people to see fewer political and social issue ads on both Facebook and Instagram—but it won’t reverse a controversial policy of letting politicians spread false claims in advertisements. Read more:

A New Vermont Bill Would Make It Illegal for Anyone Under 21 to Use a Cell Phone, Punishable By up to a Year in Prison (Business Insider)

A Vermont state senator introduced legislation this week that would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to own or use a cell phone. The bill is just two pages long — citing the dangers posed by cyberbullying, online radicalization, and the risks of texting while driving, it calls for a punishment of a maximum of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for anyone who would break the law. [...] But State Senator John Rodgers, the Democrat who introduced the legislation, told The Barre Montpelier Times Argus that he doesn't expect it to pass, and merely introduced it to make a point. Read more:

TikTok Adds New Rules to Ban Harmful Misinformation in the App (Social Media Today)

With discussion around misinformation on social media set to ramp up yet again as we head towards the 2020 US Presidential Election, rising video app TikTok has this week announced a new revision of its Community Guidelines, which includes a specific section that outlaws the sharing of misinformation within the app. Read more:

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