Apple chief maintains nephew off social media

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said that he does not want his nephew to be on a social network.

His comments come as a survey suggests the wider British public is becoming increasingly wary of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The platforms are recognized problems in the last few days.

One expert has suggested the technology, the companies should face more stringent regulations despite their efforts to resist the prospect.Age limits

In the encoding of related events at Harlow college, in Essex, Mr. Cook told a reporter from the Guardian: “I’m not a kid, but I have a grandson that I have put some boundaries.

“There are some things that do not allow me. I don’t want them on a social network.”

Cook did not disclose the age of his nephew, but in an interview in the month of March 2015, said that he was 10 years old.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa) places restrictions on the information technology companies can collect under 13 years of age, and many social media companies officially bar to the younger users of their services accordingly.


But last November, the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has below-age of the use of social media is on the rise, pushing the charity NSPCC charity, to accuse Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to “close one eye” to the problem.Propaganda campaigns

Social networks have faced a barrage of other criticisms in the following months.

A problem has been the degree to which they have allowed their platforms to be manipulated by “false news” and propaganda.

On Friday, Twitter recognized that the more Russia-linked accounts have been engaged in efforts to spread the discontent on his rig during 2016 with the presidential election that he previously acknowledged.

As a result, he said that it was email 677,775 US-based users to alert them of the fact of not following at least one of the suspicious accounts or “like” or retweeted their posts during the election period.

Elsewhere, two Facebook executives have acknowledged problems with their service.

“We have over-invested in the construction of new experiences and under-invested in the prevention of abuse,” public policy head Elliot Schrage told the DLD conference in Munich on Sunday, echoing a mea culpa from the ceo of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, at the beginning of the year.

Facebook civic engagement product manager, Samidh Chakrabarti, has also written in his blog that the social media companies in general need to be more aware of the influence they have.

“If there is a fundamental truth about social media and the impact on democracy, that amplifies human intent, in good and in evil,” he wrote.

“At its best, allows us to express ourselves and act. In the worst cases, allows you to spread misinformation and corrodes the democracy.

“I would like to be able to ensure that the positive sides are intended to compensate for the negative aspects, but I can’t. That’s why we have a moral duty to understand how these technologies are used.”

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In the meantime, YouTube has been more concerned with mopping up the fall-out from a vlogger who has posted the footage of an apparent suicide victim in Japan.

Logan Paul led video creator to be thrown off of the platform to the advertising service, and requested that last week the decision to perform human reviews of other clips in evidence.

But YouTube chief business officer, Robert Here, and now he has told BBC Newsbeat that he does not believe that the service should be regulated by third parties.

“We are not content creators; we are a platform that delivers the content,” he said.The new rules

Social media companies – and Apple itself – also to cope with the increasing criticism that their products are addictive in nature.

Recently created Time Well Spent for the campaign group said: “What is the best to capture our attention is not best for our wellbeing”, adding that the platforms will not change, unless for that purpose.

Several technology leaders, including Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, are expected to resist calls for more regulation of the behind-the-scenes meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, this week.

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However, the industry watcher thought it likely that legislators and their guard dogs would soon intervene in the way technology companies are managed.

“They have a huge effect on the ways to obtain information, and how we live our lives,” said Dr. Joss Wright from the Oxford Internet Institute.

“And the idea that, because ‘technology’ means that they should be exempted from the regulation or should be allowed to solve all the problems themselves do not stand up.

“We need to say, as the company in what their problems are and what effects they have, and this is the role of regulation.”