Washington Post: Kids are flocking to Facebook’s ‘metaverse.’ Experts worry predators will follow.

Washington Post: Kids are flocking to Facebook’s ‘metaverse.’ Experts worry predators will follow.. “In theory, kids aren’t allowed in the game. The new virtual-reality app Horizon Worlds, the first foray into the much hyped ‘metaverse’ for Facebook parent company Meta, is limited to adults 18 and older. In practice, however, very young kids appear to be among its earliest adopters. The person I met that day, who told me they were 9 and using their parents’ Oculus VR headset, was one of many apparent children I encountered in several weeks on the app.”

Tubefilter: Facebook, Instagram Will No Longer Serve Ads To Users Under Age 18 Based On Interests, Web Activity

Tubefilter: Facebook, Instagram Will No Longer Serve Ads To Users Under Age 18 Based On Interests, Web Activity. “Instagram and its parent company Facebook have announced a series of changes today that are designed to protect younger users. Going forward, both platforms said that advertisers will only be able to target users under age 18 based on their age, gender, and location.”

KCBX: Social media platforms must get direct parental consent for minors under new California law

KCBX: Social media platforms must get direct parental consent for minors under new California law. “For kids in California, it won’t be as easy as clicking and agreeing to the terms and conditions to open an account on social media platforms. Soon, they will have to get direct parental permission, after Central Coast Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham’s bill AB891 was signed into law recently by Governor Gavin Newsom.”

Lifelong anonymity orders: do they still work in the social media age? (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Lifelong anonymity orders: do they still work in the social media age?. “Lifelong anonymity orders for adults who were convicted of crimes as children are rarely granted. In theory, these orders legally prevent a person ever being identified. But given that information is now shared at lightning speed across different platforms, can these orders still work in practice?”

New York Times: Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads

New York Times: Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads. “Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who wrote the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for children and media, wanted to check that out. ‘One of my big concerns about why apps might not be educational was because of the presence of distracting features such as banner ads that sit along the top of the screen and which contain stimuli that are irrelevant to the learning objective,’ Dr. Radesky said. ‘And we were expecting to see those.’ She was not expecting all the rest.”

BuzzFeed News: The Creator Of One Of YouTube’s Top Tween Channels Was Arrested For Molesting A Minor. YouTube Is Keeping The Channel Up.

BuzzFeed News: The Creator Of One Of YouTube’s Top Tween Channels Was Arrested For Molesting A Minor. YouTube Is Keeping The Channel Up.. “For weeks now, SevenAwesomeKids, part of one of YouTube’s biggest and most active tween/teen girl channel networks, has been suspiciously dormant. The reason: Its owner and proprietor, Ian Rylett, was arrested this August in Florida for ‘lewd and lascivious molestation’ involving one of the young girls who makes videos for his channels.”

TechCrunch: New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers

TechCrunch: New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers. “WordPress has taken down a handful alt-right blogs, according to several complaints from affected blog owners and readers who claim the sites were removed from WordPress.com, despite not being in violation of the company’s Terms of Service. Some site owners also said they were not notified of the shutdown in advance and have lost their work. The removals, we’ve learned, are in part due to a new policy WordPress has rolled out that now prohibits blogs from the ‘malicious publication of unauthorized, identifying images of minors.’”