The Snapchat logo. The Snapchat logo. Photo: Getty Images Photo: Getty Images Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 The Snapchat logo. The Snapchat logo. Photo: Getty Images Snapchat's gender-swap filter inspires a sting operation 1 / 19 Back to Gallery Since its launch in May, Snapchat's gender-swap filter, which allows users to see what they would look like as a stereotypical man or woman, has inspired countless pranks and crude jokes, sparked a debate about gender norms, and doubled the app's install rate. It's also led to the arrest of one California cop. After learning that a female friend of his was molested as a child, Ethan, a college student in the San Francisco Bay area, was … [Read more...] about Snapchat’s gender-swap filter inspires a sting operation
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Thousands of young people with eating disorders are being preyed on by “anorexia coaches” operating on an anonymous messaging app, a Guardian investigation can reveal. Kik, a popular app among children and teenagers that has previously come under fire over safeguarding issues, hosts dozen of pro-anorexia group chats that are open to the public. Within minutes of joining a conversation, users can be approached by an “anorexia coach” who calls on vulnerable young people, usually girls, to message them for weight-loss advice. If the recipients do not follow strict advice to limit their calorie intake, the coaches tell them they need to be punished – in some cases asking them to send nude pictures. The Guardian found at least 71 pro-anorexia groups with a combined total of more than 2,000 members operating under easily searchable terms. On joining the groups, people are asked to give their age, height, current weight and goal weight. This comes despite … [Read more...] about ‘Anorexia coaches’ on Kik app prey on people with eating disorders
Good Monday morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here .) Huawei and China’s role in 5G The next generation of computer and phone networks, known as 5G, is expected to connect cities around the world and fuel a future run on robots, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and other technologies. But it may also rely on an infrastructure vulnerable to hackers and spies, one that the U.S. wants to stop China from building. The Trump administration has conducted a campaign to pressure allies such as Britain, Poland and Germany to banish Chinese companies, especially the telecommunications giant Huawei, from participating in the 5G buildup, according to the NYT: The administration contends that the world is engaged in a new arms race — one that involves technology, rather than conventional weaponry, but poses just as much danger to America’s national security. In an age when the most powerful weapons, short of nuclear arms, are cyber-controlled, … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: 5G Is the New Arms Race With China
Good luck finding your kids without a device in their hands and a head tilted toward it. The question is: Do you really know what they're doing? Chances are they're on a social media site you've never heard of, chatting with people they've never met and posting things you never thought they would. They're being victimized by predators, bullied by other kids, sharing too much information and turning to their parents for help way too late. An online porn ring recently busted by the feds in Detroit involved using social media to sexually exploit more than 100 girls nationwide, including one from Oakland County, and offered dark details on how quickly things can go wrong. Experts say the dangers of social media are a growing problem and one parents need a better grip on to protect their children. It can be overwhelming, so we're helping you take the first steps. Below are 5 things you need to know about social media and your kids. 1. Predators find … [Read more...] about Your kids are at risk on social media. Do you know how to help?
Blacksburg, Virginia (CNN)In the hallway of the seventh-grade wing of Blacksburg Middle School sits a bow-tied panda, Nicole Lovell's favorite animal. The stuffed bear, a bright-red heart adorned with stitched Xs and Os in its lap, serves as a sort of anchor for a sprawling memorial to the cherub-cheeked girl known as Coley -- tributes in the form of construction-paper hearts of every hue, bouquets, handmade cards, a pencil sketch of Nicole and almost 150 remembrances jotted down in child's script. "Nicole, you had a smile for everyone and love to match. We all love you and will miss you greatly. May the Good Lord bless you and your family," read one reminiscence. "You can't spell Lovell without love," proclaimed a card beneath it. "You always looked on the BRIGHT side!" chimed another. Read More Four of Nicole Lovell's closest friends created a sign that hangs in the Blacksburg Middle School cafeteria for all the students to see. "I never knew Nicole that well, but she … [Read more...] about Nicole Lovell’s death stirs endearments, bad memories in Blacksburg