Social media offers parents more controls. But do they help?
The tools do offer some help, such as blocking strangers from messaging kids. Nona Farahnik Yadegar, Snap's director of platform policy and social impact, likens it to parents wanting to know who their kids are going out with. In an ideal world, parents would regularly sit down with their kids and have honest talks about social media and the dangers and pitfalls of the online world. “Far better to require platforms to make their platforms safer by design and default instead of increasing the workload on already overburdened parents,” he said. It says features such as a screen-time management tool help young people and parents moderate how long children spend on the app and what they see.wftv.com
Snapchat launches ‘Family Center’ parental controls feature
Snapchat introduces new parental controls The social media app said that it has collaborated with parents and focus groups to develop Family Center. (NCD)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Snapchat unveiled its first set of parental controls on Tuesday, in a bid to grant parents greater insight into their teenagers’ online interactions. >> Read more trending newsSnapchat’s “Family Center” rollout followed the launches of similar parental-control features across other social networking apps popular among teens, including Instagram, TikTok and YouTube, TechCrunch reported. According to The Verge, the new hub allows parents and guardians to keep tabs on their teens’ Snapchat contacts without actually divulging the nature of the communications. “Both the guardian and the child must accept the Family Center invite before the oversight tools can take effect.wftv.com
Russia fines WhatsApp, Snapchat over data storage
LONDON — (AP) — Russian regulators have fined chat service WhatsApp and Snapchat for failing to store Russian users' data on local servers, part of government efforts to control online activity. A Moscow court on Thursday imposed an 18 million ruble ($300,000) fine on chat service WhatsApp and a 1 million ruble penalty on disappearing message platform Snapchat. The court said it was fining WhatsApp for repeatedly refusing to localize data of Russian users. WhatsApp received its first Russian fine, for 4 million rubles, in August 2021. A Moscow court also fined Apple 2 million rubles (about $34,000) earlier this month over the data storage issue.wftv.com
As young gunmen turn toward new social networks, old safeguards fail
Before two 18-year old gunmen collectively killed 31 people in two separate shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas over the last two weeks they turned to a series of up-and-coming social media apps to share troubling messages.washingtonpost.com
Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel, wife Miranda Kerr pay student debts for art school graduates
Snapchat: What you need to know (NCD)Graduates from Otis College of Art and Design got more than just their diplomas this weekend. >> Read more trending newsSnapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and his wife Miranda Kerr have paid the student debt for more than 200 students, the entire 2022 graduating class at the school, the Los Angeles Times reported. https://t.co/lFI51xHeVV — Otis College of Art and Design (@OtisCollege) May 16, 2022Otis president Charles Hirschhorn made the announcement to the approximately 285 graduates, Forbes reported. While Spiegel created the instant messaging app with two classmates from Stanford University, he attended summer classes at Otis while he was in high school. Spiegel and Kerr received honorary degrees from the arts school along with Bobby Berk, a design expert and a host of “Queer Eye,” Forbes reported.wftv.com
Las Vegas man accused of drugging, raping teen he met on Snapchat
LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas man has been arrested for allegedly drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. When they met, he gave her a pill and told her that it would help her relax. The Las Vegas Review Journal says the victim told police she believed she was raped, based on how her clothes looked when she woke up and from messages Duran sent to her on Snapchat. Phone records, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, found that Duran was using Snapchat to send photos and messages to other girls between the ages of 13 and 18. During his arrest on May 6, Duran allegedly admitted to having sex with the victim and told investigators that it was consensual, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.wftv.com
Introducing Pixy, Snapchat’s selfie drone
Pixy Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, has announced its selfie drone, Pixy. (snap.com)Snap, Snapchat’s parent company, is delving further into hardware that can be used to take the perfect picture. >> Read more trending newsThe company introduced the drone selfie camera it calls Pixy, The New York Times reported. It will help people snap a selfie without the need of a selfie stick. Snapchat has 600 million monthly active users and more than 330 million daily active users, CNBC reported.wftv.com
Virginia man who ordered fentanyl-laced pills through Snapchat sentenced to prison
ABINGDON, Va. — A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to ordering hundreds of fentanyl-laced pills through a supplier on Snapchat was sentenced to 42 months in prison, federal prosecutors said. Police intercepted a package shipped from California that was addressed to Woods’ residence and discovered approximately 800 fentanyl pills, according to the television station. Teen sentenced to federal prison after ordering hundreds of fentanyl-laced pills through Snapchat https://t.co/VlACMcTz2R #Virginia — 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) April 27, 2022Prosecutors said in the news release that the seized package contained items that resembled pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone-hydrochloride pills and were inconsistent in shape, size and color. While conducting surveillance on the house, investigators saw a woman take the package into the home, according to the television station. “Fentanyl-laced pills pose a significant risk of death to anyone who ingests them, and my office will continue to bring individuals to account for trafficking these deadly drugs in our communities.”©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Florida Attorney General and other states urge TikTok and Snapchat for stronger parental controls
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has joined 43 attorneys general from around the county urging social media sites to allow parents the ability to monitor a child’s online activity. In a letter to TikTok and Snapchat this week, Moody and others asked the social media companies to create parental control applications and features to protect children from harmful content. I am joining a coalition of more than 40 attorneys general in an effort to convince TikTok and SnapChat to improve parental controls to help better protect kids online. As a mother, I worry about what my child may encounter online.” Moody said. Apps can also alert parents of a child’s manifestations of desire for self-harm or suicide.wftv.com
Snapchat launches real-time location-sharing tool
Snapchat launches real-time, location-sharing tool Snapchat on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, unveiled a new feature akin to an electronic buddy system that allows users to share their real-time locations with friends for a set period of time. Snapchat on Friday unveiled a new feature akin to an electronic buddy system that allows users to share their real-time locations with friends for a set period of time. According to Snapchat, some 250 million monthly users already share their locations with friends on its Snap Map feature, which debuted in 2017, but that tool only updates a location when the user has the app open. In addition, the feature remains off by default, and there is no option to share real-time location with all Snapchat friends, the technology news outlet reported. According to CNN Business, enabling the setting involves only two simple steps: navigate to a friend’s profile, and select the duration of location sharing (The status of live location sharing will be visible within the chat window with that friend only).wftv.com
Etsy, Spotify, Snapchat and other sites coming back online after Google Cloud outage
Users reported issues Tuesday afternoon accessing several websites and services, including Etsy, Spotify and Snapchat. The downed sites appeared to be coming back online by 1:30 p.m.Officials with Google said the company began experiencing an issue with its Google Cloud Platform around 9:50 a.m. PST. We are aware of an issue with Google Cloud Platform. — Spotify Status (@SpotifyStatus) November 16, 2021Many Snapchatters are having trouble using the app. — Snapchat Support (@snapchatsupport) November 16, 2021Officials with the online marketplace Etsy said an outage with the company’s cloud service provider caused issues for users around 12:40 p.m. EST on Tuesday.wftv.com
Senators put YouTube, TikTok, Snap on defensive on kids' use
Congress Social Media Kids FILE- This Aug. 9, 2017, file photo shows the Youtube, left, and Snapchat apps on a mobile device in New York. The leaders of a Senate panel have called executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat to face questions on what the companies are doing to ensure young users’ safety. The hearing Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, comes as the panel bears down on hugely popular social media platforms and their impact on children. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) (Richard Drew)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. “We’re hearing the same stories of harm” caused by YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the panel’s chairman.wftv.com
Senator: YouTube, TikTok, Snap offering only small changes
The leaders of a Senate panel have called executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat to face questions on what the companies are doing to ensure young users’ safety. “We’re hearing the same stories of harm” caused by YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat, Blumenthal said. A separate House committee has investigated video service YouTube Kids this year. Despite changes made after the settlements, the lawmaker’s letter said, YouTube Kids still shows ads to children. Snap Inc.‘s Snapchat service allows people to send photos, videos and messages that are meant to quickly disappear, an enticement to its young users seeking to avoid snooping parents and teachers.wftv.com
YouTube, TikTok, Snap execs face senators on kids' safety
Congress Social Media Kids FILE- This Aug. 9, 2017, file photo shows the Youtube, left, and Snapchat apps on a mobile device in New York. The leaders of a Senate panel have called executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat to face questions on what the companies are doing to ensure young users’ safety. A separate House committee has investigated video service YouTube Kids this year. Despite changes made after the settlements, the lawmaker’s letter said, YouTube Kids still shows ads to children. Snap Inc.'s Snapchat service allows people to send photos, videos and messages that are meant to quickly disappear, an enticement to its young users seeking to avoid snooping parents and teachers.wftv.com
Stocks edge lower, major indexes still head for weekly gains
Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street Friday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)Stocks edged lower in midday trading on Wall Street Friday as losses for several large technology and communications companies weighed on the broader market. The S&P 500 index fell 0.5% as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern. Banks and other financial companies made solid gains. Hot Wheels and Barbie maker Mattel rose 1.1% after also reporting solid financial results.wftv.com
Snap's stock drops as iPhone privacy controls pinch ad sales
The revelation in Snap Inc.'s third-quarter earnings report sparked a sell-off in after-hours trading that could foreshadow one of the biggest one-day drops in the company's stock since it went public in 2017. Snap's shares plunged by nearly 22% in Thursday's extended trading. A decline of that magnitude would wipe out nearly $30 billion in shareholder wealth. Facebook, an outspoken critic of Apple's new privacy controls, had already told investors that its ad sales could suffer because of the change, but Snap's results indicated the blow may be even bigger than Wall Street anticipated. Perhaps even more troubling to investors, Snap predicted its revenue for the current quarter will range from $1.17 billion to $1.21 billion.wftv.com
3 Florida teens accused of sharing illicit Snapchat video of 12-year-old
Teens arrested: Three teens in the Florida Keys were arrested and charged in connection to a video that depicted sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl. (Monroe County Sheriff's Office)Three Florida teenage boys are accused of sharing a video of sexual acts with a 12-year-old girl on social media, authorities said. >> Read more trending newsTwo boys, aged 16, are from Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Herald reported that authorities began investigating the case in April after school officials learned the video was being shared by students via Snapchat. “Detectives completed a search warrant from Snapchat to search (one teen’s phone),” sheriff’s office spokesperson Adam Linhardt told the newspaper.wftv.com
Teen arrested after police said she was seen on Snapchat taking necklace from body
Snapchat video FILE PHOTO: A Texas teen is accused of taking a necklace off a man's body. (Carl Court/Getty Images)SAN ANTONIO — A teen in San Antonio has been arrested after police said she stole a necklace from a man who had killed himself. >> Read more trending newsPolice said Bethany Martin, 17, and a friend found a man’s body in a drainage ditch Monday morning, KSAT reported. One was a video of the man’s body, while the other allegedly showed two girls removing a chain and medallion from the body, KABB reported. Teen arrested after Snapchat video shows her stealing necklace from dead man, BCSO says https://t.co/1nxmGUXdPA — KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) July 28, 2021©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Twitter without Trump tumbles along with other tech shares
FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called Fleets globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)Shares of social media and other tech companies slid Monday, hit by fallout from the siege on the U.S. Capitol by supporter of President Donald Trump. Trump supporters have argued that the actions of the technology companies is a violation of free speech and Trump has long tried to repeal Section 230. Though Trump's tenure ends in nine days, power in the Senate has flipped to the Democrats who have long begrudged the oversized influence of social media.
Twitter launches disappearing tweets that vanish in a day
Twitter is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called “Fleets” globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. Twitter tested the feature in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, before rolling it out globally. Fleets are a “lower pressure” way to communicate “fleeting thoughts” as opposed to permanent tweets, Twitter executives Joshua Harris, design director, and Sam Haveson, product manager, said in a blog post. The news comes the same day Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from a Senate Judiciary Committee about how they handled disinformation surrounding the presidential election. Such features are increasingly popular with social media users looking for smaller groups and and more private chats.
Trio accused of stealing dozens of vape pens in snatch-and-grab robbery at smoke shop
PALM COAST, Fla. – A teenage girl is accused of stealing dozens of vape pens from a Flagler County smoke shop then trying to sell them on Snapchat with the help of two men. According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, a juvenile in a mask quickly approached the counter inside Jaguar Smoke and Vape II on Tuesday and quickly grabbed a display containing approximately 65 vape pens valued at $649.35. The next day, FCSO was made aware of a person advertising the stolen merchandise for sale on Snapchat. “When (the teenage girl) was taken into custody, she was found to be in possession of 39 nicotine vapor pens that were stolen from the Jaguar Smoke and Vape II store,” deputies said. “I am happy that we were able to return some of the stolen merchandise to the owner.
DeLand man arrested, charged after he sexually battered 13-year-old girl he met on Snapchat, deputies say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 29-year-old DeLand man was arrested after deputies said he sexually battered a 13-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. Joaquin Mendez was arrested Friday night and charged with lewd or lascivious battery of a victim under 16. According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was reported Friday afternoon, after the girl’s mother found concerning text messages on her daughter’s phone. Mendez was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a $25,000 bond. “The investigation revealed the Instagram and Snapchat accounts Mendez used to contact the victim displayed images of a young man who wasn’t Mendez,” deputies added.
Florida teens sold drugs on Snapchat, detectives say
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Three teens who were supposed to be doing virtual school were instead selling drugs over a popular social media platform, Polk County deputies said. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information that THC cartridges and marijuana were being sold on Snapchat to Polk County students. Undercover detectives said they were able to identify one of the teens as a 17-year-old boy from Lakeland. “The boy in the back seat sold the undercover detective 56.8 grams of high-grade marijuana for $400,” investigators said. Without the proper supervision, many of them are going to get into trouble,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Sex offender used Snapchat to communicate with girls, agents say
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A registered sex offender sent an inappropriate video to at least one girl and communicated with about a dozen more using Snapchat, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Agents said they received a tip earlier this month about a sexual video posted to Snapchat by a user claiming to be a 16-year-old boy. The investigation led authorities to 29-year-old Bobby Moffitt, who admitted to being the owner of the account even though he is a registered sex offender, records show. Agents said Moffitt was also communicating with between 10 and 20 girls who were younger than 18. Moffitt was arrested on charges of transmitting harmful material to a minor via electronic device and lewd and lascivious exposure.
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FDLE: Thieves, predators can track your family through photo posts
[WEB EXTRA: Geotagging guide]Special Agent Steve Brenton says the GPS setting for smart phone cameras including iPhone and Android models provide a "geo-location" that allows anybody to track "exactly where that photograph was taken." The information is precise including the exact longitude and latitude of the location where the shot was taken. "Bad guys know the social networking sites and social media sites that kids are going to," Brenton says. "They spend more time on the computer than the kids do, just to find the kids on these social networking sites." Each smart phone has a different setting to disconnect the GPS mode.