MakeUseOf: How to Access Region Blocked Videos Without a VPN. “Wherever you are in the world there is always a reason to want to bypass region blocking. For example, internet users outside the US might want to access Netflix or Hulu; those in the US might want the UK version of BBC iPlayer. To combat this, VPNs are popular—but they’re not the best solution. Here’s how to watch geo-blocked videos without VPN software.”
Neowin: Microsoft now lets parents limit how much time their children spend in apps and games. “Limiting the amount of time spent on devices such as smartphones, and specifically within specific apps, has been a feature touted by a few companies over the past year or so. Now, Microsoft is joining the fray with new app and game limits for families, which let parents control how much time children spend using specific apps and games.”
Economic Times: Facebook, Google, Twitter directed by High Court to remove links to video disparaging Baba Ramdev. “The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued an interim order directing Facebook, Google, its subsidiary YouTube and Twitter to forthwith remove, block or disable links to a video containing allegations against yoga guru Ramdev.”
CNET: YouTube updates guidelines to address dangerous pranks, challenges. “The Google-owned video-sharing site said Tuesday it had updated its community guidelines to clarify that content containing pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury violate YouTube policy prohibiting content that encourages violence or dangerous activities. The updated policy comes amid a spate of Bird Box challenges, in which participants go around wearing blindfolds.”
Nieman Lab: Are you sure that promoted article is still political content, Facebook?. “It happened again: A news organization tried to pay Facebook to promote its journalism — which included reporting on politics — and Facebook said no, declaring it ‘political content’ the news organization wasn’t authorized to push.”
Neowin: Russia blocks Telegram – company responds by saying that updates will bypass ban. “Russia’s Tagansky court has announced that Telegram access in the country will be blocked due to a failure of Telegram to provide encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB) that it could have used to decrypt user messages if the need had arisen. The court’s judge announced that the ban will be made instantly and that it will remain the case until Telegram provides encryption keys to the FSB.”
Federal Times: Feds, allow social media to self-regulate. “We’re seeing efforts in government to overcome some of the hurdles that agencies have long faced when trying to enable progress from within. Those efforts, if successful, just might help rid government of its reputation as a bureaucratic, stuffy institution that doesn’t understand the needs of the very people that it serves. So should we now take away or manipulate a tool from the toolbox that could help accomplish that mission?” Remember, just because I include an editorial in RB doesn’t necessarily mean I agree with it. But I’m always here for a cogent point of view.
Alphr: Google is removing Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ parental controls. ” In a frustrating blow for parents everywhere, Chrome’s ‘supervised users’ feature is being phased out only four years after it was launched, according to an email sent to users of the feature.”