Twitter Inc. rolled out a new user-generated feature called Communities, which is designed to connect users around shared interests and allow people to tweet directly at each other about them.
Amazon Inc. said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission that Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk believes that "rules are for other people" and that "if the FCC regulated hypocrisy, SpaceX would be keeping the commission very busy." Amazon is competing with SpaceX over satellite internet plans, while Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Musk are rivals in the private space launch sector.
Wall Street Journal
A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok's algorithm quickly drives minors toward content about sex and drugs through its For You feed, with TikTok serving one account registered as a minor with more than 500 videos about drug use and paraphernalia and showing another account more than 100 videos recommending sex shops and porn sites)
EPIC GAMES versus APPLE
Epic Games Inc. said it would appeal the ruling in its antitrust case against Apple Inc. after a federal judge handed down a mixed decision last week saying that Apple must loosen some rules on developers in its App Store but can continue to ban third-party in-app payment systems. Google Underpaid Staff?
Google Inc. underpaid thousands of temporary staff members for years, according to emails and documents reviewed by The New York Times, due to a widening gap in benchmark pay rates between temporary and permanent workers doing similar jobs. The shortfall went undetected outside the company, as managers reportedly worried that sudden pay bumps would call attention to the issue.
Facebook Inc. admitted that information it provided to social scientists on the effects of social media on democracy and elections had serious flaws, as it accidentally excluded data from U.S. users who had no detectable political preferences.
Amazon Makes Televisions:
Amazon is extending its interest in the television business, by producing its own-brand televisions, with its Alexa and Fire TV services deeply integrated. It not only simplifies the video viewing user experience, but it also facilitates integration with other smart home devices and enables features like video calling.
Apples New iPhone 13
Apple Inc. unveiled its new iPhone 13, pledging faster 5G connections and faster chips that enable features like automatic text translation. Apple said its revamped iPad Mini will also have 5G connectivity, although observers noted the company did not announce any revolutionary new features at its launch event.
Facebook and Mental Wellness
Facebook Inc. downplayed the mental health impacts of using Instagram on teenagers, according to internal communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, which showed that researchers found that among teens who had suicidal thoughts, 6 percent of U.S. users traced them back to Instagram, while a third of teenage girls said the photo-sharing service exacerbated body image issues.
Tik Tok and Mental Health Issues
TikTok is adding tools to help its users address mental health issues by redirecting them to support organizations, and plans to promote creators' videos that talk about their own struggles.