From fake news to cyberattacks, the internet has become a key frontier

How Google, Meta, Twitter, TikTok (and Elon Musk, obviously) have been dragged into the conflictDon’t get TechScape delivered to your inbox? Sign up hereThe Russia-Ukraine war was always going to have a very major cyber component. And, in the past week, we have seen just how much the war is playing out online, on a wide array of fronts.Cyber warfareWe have a lot of talented Ukrainians in the digital sphere: developers, cyber specialists, designers, copywriters, marketers … We continue to fight on the cyber front.There’s now an NFT ATM in New York. There is something strange about buying a physical object to own an NFT.RIP to Instagram’s standalone IGTV app, as Meta focuses all its video attention on its TikTok response, Reels.Apple is feeling the heat to allow third party payments in apps, with Dutch regulators fining the company another €5m for continuing to not comply with an order to allow such payments, taking it up to €30m. Apple claims it has complied.This new content warning system for Twitter is interesting, allowing users to apply it to specific tweets. In Australia, the company now requires users to enter their age when viewing content that may be flagged by the company as suitable for those aged 18+.Similarly, the UK’s online safety bill looks to be an expansion to its namesake in Australia, potentially requiring companies to allow users to verify their identities and block people who aren’t verified.TikTok influencer Tom Cardy spoke with my colleagues Michael Sun and Matilda Boseley on the Saved for Later podcast about the difficulties of making money on the platform – even with a million followers. Continue reading…

How Google, Meta, Twitter, TikTok (and Elon Musk, obviously) have been dragged into the conflict

The Russia-Ukraine war was always going to have a very major cyber component. And, in the past week, we have seen just how much the war is playing out online, on a wide array of fronts.

Cyber warfare

We have a lot of talented Ukrainians in the digital sphere: developers, cyber specialists, designers, copywriters, marketers … We continue to fight on the cyber front.

There’s now an NFT ATM in New York. There is something strange about buying a physical object to own an NFT.

RIP to Instagram’s standalone IGTV app, as Meta focuses all its video attention on its TikTok response, Reels.

Apple is feeling the heat to allow third party payments in apps, with Dutch regulators fining the company another €5m for continuing to not comply with an order to allow such payments, taking it up to €30m. Apple claims it has complied.

This new content warning system for Twitter is interesting, allowing users to apply it to specific tweets. In Australia, the company now requires users to enter their age when viewing content that may be flagged by the company as suitable for those aged 18+.

Similarly, the UK’s online safety bill looks to be an expansion to its namesake in Australia, potentially requiring companies to allow users to verify their identities and block people who aren’t verified.

TikTok influencer Tom Cardy spoke with my colleagues Michael Sun and Matilda Boseley on the Saved for Later podcast about the difficulties of making money on the platform – even with a million followers.

Continue reading…

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