Twitter has a new ‘crisis misinformation’ policy

  • Twitter has announced a new policy for dealing with misinformation during periods of crisis.
  • They are establishing new standards for gating and blocking the promotion of certain tweets if they are spreading misinformation.
  • The new policy puts scrutiny on the false reporting of events, false allegations involving weapons or use of force or broad misinformation relating to atrocities or international response.
  • Tweets may not be deleted or banned, but instead a warning label with a ‘click to view’ button will be in place, much like the current method for explicit content.
  • You can read the full story on the Verge’s website.

Google Play Store now tags Android apps with accessibility features

  • Following Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google is making it easier to find accessible Android apps in the play store.
  • The ‘a11y’ tags will make it easier to easily find apps with accessibility features.
  • They will appear underneath the ‘about this app’ section and can be tapped to see a list of other categorised applications, including screen reader-friendly and virtual assistance.
  • You can read the full story on the 9 to 5 Google website.

Snapchat launches new option to display eBay listings

  • Snapchat has announced a new integration with eBay which allows users to share eBay listings within Snaps and Snap stories.
  • The listing will appear as a sticker that is overlayed on the posts.
  • It is another step towards eCommerce for the shop, which is also integrating an expanded range of AR shopping tools, shoppable Bitmoji digital items and enhanced product listings.
  • You can read the full story on the Social Media Today’s website.

TikTok reportedly plans a ‘major push’ into gaming

  • TikTok is testing games for the app in Vietnam ahead of a ‘major push’ into gaming.
  • The plans show that TikTok plan on introducing ad-supported games, drawing from the library of its parent company, ByteDance.
  • The introduction of games could boost revenue and increase the amount of time users spend on TikTok.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Proportion of NI pupils with diagnosis quadruples

  • According to figures published by the Department of Health, the proportion of schoolchildren with an autism diagnosis in NI has quadrupled in just over a decade.
  • More than 14,000 children aged between 4 and 16 have an autism diagnosis.
  • Shirelle Stewart, the director of the National Autistic Society, says that the numbers highlight how the education system was “already struggling to provide the support that autistic children need”.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.