Tumblr returns to the App Store ahead of adult content ban

The app for social networking site Tumblr has reappeared on Apple's App Store after the platform announced it is to ban all explicit adult content. The app was removed in November after child pornography images were uncovered on the site, having evaded the service’s content filters. Previously, adult content was allowed when an age-restricted ‘safe…

#Goldilocks reimagined to teach children about using social media responsibly

Children’s story Goldilocks And The Three Bears has been reimagined for the digital age as a way to help parents and children discuss using social media responsibly. Called #Goldilocks, the new story has been written by award-winning children’s author Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross. In it, Goldilocks gets into trouble…

Microblogging site Tumblr to ban adult content on platform

  Tumblr hosts around 447.2 million blogs (PA) Microblogging site Tumblr has announced plans to ban all pornographic content from its platform, in a massive crackdown after child pornography was uncovered. From December 17, explicit adult content and most nudity will no longer be allowed on the site, with some non-sexual…

Snapchat ‘avoids popularity contest pressure of social media’, founder argues

Yui Mok/PA Unlike other social media platforms, Snapchat puts less pressure on people to be popular, app co-founder Evan Spiegel has argued. The 28-year-old entrepreneur believes that the social messaging app has an advantage over the likes of Facebook and Twitter because it does not include public likes or comments. “That’s…

Can social media messaging platforms increase workplace collaboration and productivity?

Social media messaging can improve the nation’s productivity and enhance collaboration in the workplace. However, it can also lead to bullying if communication remains un-policed, according to latest research. A survey of 3,047 workers commissioned by online job search company totaljobs found that as many as four out of five employees believe that apps such as…

VW and Snapchat create augmented reality game for GTI fans

Volkswagen UK and Snapchat have joined forces to launch a mobile phone-based GTI race which uses the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology.  Creative agencies Tribal Worldwide London and adam&eveDDB are behind the new Snapchat lens, which from today lets users interact with the GTI race track in the form of a bespoke 3D model of…

Tumblr pulled from Apple’s App Store over child pornography content

Social network and microblogging site Tumblr was pulled from Apple’s App Store last week because of images depicting child sex abuse, it has emerged. Tumblr initially said it was “working to resolve the issue with the iOS app” when it mysteriously disappeared on November 16. Download.com learned that Tumblr was removed from the store due…

Parents fear children subjected to group chat cyberbullying, survey shows

Parents worry children will not open up about issues they face online, a poll shows (Yui Mok/PA) The majority of parents fear that their child will be subjected to cyberbullying via group chats, according to a new survey. Eight out of 10 parents expressed concern about the nature of closed group…

Facebook and Instagram using AI to detect drug dealers

Facebook and Instagram are starting to detect drug dealers trying to sell on the social networks with the help of artificial intelligence. Proactive detection technology will be used across the two platforms to look out for signs that someone is attempting to sell drugs, such as images, alongside prices, phone numbers or usernames for other…

Snapchat adds Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories to boost social media app

Snapchat is introducing two new features in its latest attempt to lure users back to the private messaging social app: Friendship Profiles and Bitmoji Stories. Friendship Profiles, which is rolling out to users over the coming weeks, will serve as an area to see everything you’ve shared and saved with other Snapchatters in one place.…