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Explicit content forbidden on Tumblr despite major resistance

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Social medium Tumblr blocks today’s pornographic or explicit images for their users. The decision was made after child pornography was found on the site last month. The measure caused a lot of resistance among users, but the measure is nevertheless implemented.

Photos, videos and gifs with sexual content are all locked and locked. It concerns visual material where ‘human genitals or female nipples can be seen or images and videos where sexual acts are depicted’. Exceptions are made for female nipples in relation to breastfeeding, birth or health care. 

But what happens to all blogs that are classified as pornographic? Users first receive an e-mail and then the photos or videos are only made visible to them, so that other Tumblr accounts can no longer see it.  

Commotion

The decision to ban this type of content met with a lot of resistance among a large group of users. This way  a petition  was created to reverse the decision. This has already been signed by more than 520,000 users. For them Tumblr was for years a place where they could form a community with like-minded people. For some it was for artistic reasons, for others because they sought out their sexual preference off the beaten track. 

Unlike other tech giants, Tumblr did not object to content with sexual content for a long time. Last month, however, it appeared that child pornography was also available on the platform. From that moment Tumblr was banned from Apple’s Appstore. Not long afterwards it was decided to banning explicit visual material from Tumblr. Reason for Apple to lift the ban of the social medium.

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Hacking adolescent boys receive ‘hacking course’ as punishment

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Hacking adolescent boys are increasingly in the hands of the police. A new program from the police and the Public Prosecution Service must get and keep perpetrators on the right path.

Especially boys between the ages of 16 and 19 end up at the police because they commit crimes from behind the computer. They differ from other perpetrators, mainly because of their motivation. Young hackers often tend to show what they can do, to expose security leaks or simply for fun. 

They are capable of causing enormous damage despite relatively innocent drives. Take the young person who crunched an internet provider last year. In order to watch free videos, he penetrated deeply into the company’s systems. Eventually he was able to lay down 80 percent of internet and telephone traffic in the Netherlands.

He scooped up online, after which his listener ended the police. Detectives thought they were going to roll up a criminal organization, but ended up in a boys’ room. Schools also turn out to be a popular target for hacking teenagers who, for example, rummage with grade lists.

Number of cases rises

The police see more of such young perpetrators every year. In 2017, 62 cybercrime cases from young people were forwarded to the Public Prosecution Service, this year that number is rising again, probably to about seventy. 

Because an appropriate learning path that could possibly be imposed in combination with a punishment did not materialize, the police and the Public Prosecutor took matters into their own hands. They have created the program Hack_Right for young people between 12 and 23 years old. In the past year, this was the first time to experiment.

The police and the Public Prosecution Service are collaborating with Halt, the probation service and the Child Protection Board to bring and keep young hackers on the right path. The perpetrator gains insight into the consequences of his actions, but also learns about legal limits on the internet. Young people are often insufficiently aware of this. They also learn how to use their knowledge in a good way thanks to dozens of companies and ethical hackers.

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Apple enters Tesla designer: will there be an iCar?

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According to various American sources, tech giant Apple has adopted designer Andrew Kim. Kim was a senior designer at Tesla for many years. As a result of the switch, the rumors around Apple’s car are rekindled.

Earlier it became known that Doug Field, another top designer at Tesla, was also back at Apple. Field was previously a vice president within the Californian company. Kim was responsible for the interior design of the Model 3. 

The two acquisitions are not the only old Tesla employees who come to work in Cupertino. According to website CNBC, Apple has snatched many Tesla employees in 2018. Would that iCar come anyway? Apple and the new employees do not provide clarity – as usual.

Apple would be interested a few years in developing self-driving cars, but closed the division that researched in 2016. However, the tech giant continued with the development of software for autonomous cars. Meanwhile, CEO Tim Cook confirmed that these ‘autonomous systems’ are of great importance for all developments within Apple. Time will tell, so.

The market value of  technology giant Apple  passed the magic limit of 1 trillion US dollars earlier this year (twelve zeroes!). Never before has a company been worth so much.

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Vine co-founder Colin Kroll (35) died after overdose

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One of the founders of video platform Vine has passed away on Sunday. 35-year-old Colin Kroll was found dead in his apartment in New York just after midnight. According to American media, the police assume an overdose.

Kroll launched the app in June 2012 together with Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov. Later that year, the three sold the company for around $ 30 million to Twitter. Kroll remained general manager of Vine until he was dismissed in 2014 by Twitter. Earlier this year, he said in a statement: “I now realize that things I’ve said and done made others feel unappreciated or uncomfortable, and I apologize to those people.”

Vine was taken out of the air just after the sale on Twitter. On 27 October, Twitter announced to stop the service. That was because of the murderous competition from other apps that did the same, think of Instagram. In addition, the employees of Vine refused to link an earnings model to the program.

Yusupov and Kroll launched app game HQ Trivia last year. In a tweet, Yusupov said: “I am so sad about the death of my friend and co-founder, Colin Kroll, my thoughts are with his loved ones, his good-hearted soul and big heart will always stay with me, he has the world and the internet. made a nicer place, rest in peace, brother. “

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