Instagram removing shorter time limits options

  • Instagram is removing some shorter time limit options on their Daily Time Limit option (released 2017), with the new minimum being 30 minutes instead of 5 minutes.
  • Previously users were able to select a time limit as low as five minutes – which would warn users when they had spent that time on the app.
  • Users with older time limits will be prompted to select a new time limit – from 30 minutes up to 3 hours.
  • For more information on Instagram’s newer features, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on Tech Crunch’s website.

Roblox removes ‘disturbing’ concentration camp gaming experience

  • Roblox has removed a game where users were able to visit and interact with a virtual concentration camp, filled with German flags and Nazi crosses, avatars in Nazi uniforms and simulate executions in gas chambers.
  • Roblox reports that the experiences were removed and the creators were permanently banned from the platform.
  • The 5Rights children’s charity estimates that half of UK children aged between 6 and 9 play Roblox at least once a week.
  • For more information on safety controls on Roblox, check out our safety card and our recent Roblox article.
  • You can read the full story on The Algemeiner’s website.

Twitter reportedly testing function for users to ‘untag’ username

  • Twitter is reportedly testing a function that allows users to untag (remove) their username from a thread.
  • When a user untags their username, this no longer appear as a hyperlink.
  • The feature would prevent a user from being re-mentioned in the thread once removed and stops all notifications from that thread.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Call for crackdown on “Extreme Dieting” posts

  • MPs are calling for content promoting or glamorising “extreme” diets and exercise regimes to be included in the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
  • Content encouraging and glamorising eating disorders and unhealthy lifestyles should fall within the scope of “endangering public health”.
  • MPs are concerned that posts promoting low-calorie diets and disordered eating could fall within a grey area as they are often promoted by influencers as health advice.
  • You can read the full story on Politics Home’s website.