first_img 0 Now playing: Watch this: Stronger data privacy laws may be coming to the US Post a comment 1:41 Tags In conjunction with the settlement, TikTok said that starting Wednesday it’ll direct younger users to “a limited, separate app experience that introduces additional safety and privacy protections designed specifically for this audience.” The version for younger users doesn’t allow sharing of personal information and puts “extensive” limitations on content and interactions, TikTok said. TikTok also launched a series of safety videos Wednesday aimed at guiding users through the app’s community guidelines, privacy settings and digital well-being tools. As part of the settlement, the app must also comply with COPPA going forward and take down videos made by kids under the age of 13.  TikTok has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. Joel Saget / AFP/Getty Images Social video app TikTok will pay $5.7 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected personal information from children. TikTok, previously known as Musical.ly, lets users record themselves lip-synching to popular music videos and share the clips with friends. The app has reportedly surpassed 1 billion downloads on iOS and Android. The FTC had alleged that the app’s operators violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by failing to obtain parental consent before collecting personal info on kids under the age of 13, according to a release Wednesday. TikTok also failed to delete that personal information when they received complaints from parents and their children, according to the FTC.”This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons in the release, which noted that this is the larges- ever civil penalty obtained by the commission in a children’s privacy case. Privacy FTC Mobile Digital Media Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgVolkswagen may offer VW owners in Germany discounts on new cars if they turn in certain old models affected by the emissions scandal that has rocked Europe’s biggest carmaker, German news agency DPA reported on Sunday.Volkswagen is battling the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history after admitting last month it installed software in diesel vehicles to deceive U.S. regulators about the true level of their toxic emissions.The company has said it would recall around 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe that contained such software. The special offers would be available only in Germany, where around 2.4 million of the vehicles to be recalled were sold.Incentives for VW owners to buy new vehicles could help ensure that sales remain stable after the scandal and take pressure off VW dealerships to implement fixes quickly.Each German dealership will have to handle an average of 1,100 recalled vehicles, each of which will require at least an hour and a half of work, DPA said. That could result in a long wait for customers.The offer of discounts for new car buyers may focus on the owners of vehicles with 1.6 litre diesel engines, sources at Volkswagen and VW dealerships said, according to DPA. Those models need hardware changes, a more costly upgrade than the software changes needed for other affected vehicles.No decision had been made on the matter yet, DPA quoted a person familiar with the matter as saying.Volkswagen said in response that it was common for Volkswagen and its dealers to consider special offers for existing customers.last_img read more

first_img Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — The archives of the late evangelist Billy Graham will be moved from their location in Illinois to the library named after him in North Carolina.The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announced the decision about the transfer of the evangelist’s papers and the association’s archives on Thursday (March 28).“This is part of our continuing consolidation in Billy Graham’s hometown,” said evangelist Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the BGEA and son of Billy Graham.“Some 214,000 people visited the Billy Graham Library here in Charlotte last year alone, and it makes sense for my father’s archives to be housed and maintained here for visiting scholars to conduct research, and for our guests to see when they come visit our ministry headquarters, the Library and my parents’ gravesites.”Billy Graham and his wife, Ruth, on the campus of Wheaton College, where they met and courted. RNS file photoThe Billy Graham Center was dedicated in 1980 at Wheaton College, the older evangelist’s alma mater in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Ill.The Billy Graham Center Archives and the rest of the center are housed in an on-campus building that bears the evangelist’s name. The archives include materials in addition to those related to Graham, who died last year, and the center serves as a networking hub for evangelism and missions for churches, ministries and scholars.At the time the center was dedicated, the BGEA was located in Minneapolis. After the association announced the relocation of its headquarters to Charlotte in 2001, it began to consolidate its operations on a 63-acre campus that now includes the 40,000-square-foot Billy Graham Library.The BGEA said records that will be moved after June 1 include sermon transcripts, personal correspondence, and radio and TV recordings.Wheaton College acknowledged the BGEA’s request in a statement.“College leaders are in communication with the BGEA regarding its planned consolidation,” the statement reads. “Wheaton College affirms its longstanding respect for the BGEA and looks forward to continuing the positive relationship that the College and the BGEA have enjoyed for decades.”The school said the evangelistic vision of Graham, who was also a longtime trustee of the college, continues through programs and events of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center.“More than 19,000 scholars, journalist and other researchers have spent 67,000 hours in the Billy Graham Center Archives since it opened, producing dozens of books, articles and papers annually,” it said.The center will continue to house other archives including those of evangelist Billy Sunday and evangelical organizations such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Lausanne Movement.A webpage of Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center Archives lists a wide range of resources about Graham and his association. It also includes links to oral histories of Wheaton alumni who recalled his personality and preaching style during their college days.Billy Graham speaks during the Billy Graham Crusade at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York City on June 25, 2005. RNS photo by John O’Boyle/ The Star-LedgerRELATED: Timeline of the life of Billy GrahamThe most recent blog post about the Billy Graham Library’s archive collection is a reposting of an article from Wheaton’s From the Vault blog that included images of a yellowed, creased 1941 sermon by Graham and a newspaper article from the same year about his appointment as the pastor of a local church.Messiah College history professor John Fea expressed concern about future access to the elder evangelist’s archives and said its move could represent “a larger manifestation of evangelical anti-intellectualism.“By taking the papers away from Wheaton, where access is open, Franklin Graham and the BGEA can now control access and can thus control the narrative of his father’s life in terms of who gets to read them,” Fea told Religion News Service. “Evangelicals must come face to face with both the good side and bad side of their history by taking an honest look at people like Billy Graham. I am not sure this will happen in Charlotte. The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte is not a library.”Asked what will be publicly accessible after the transfer, BGEA Executive Vice President Ken Barun told RNS that final decisions will be made over the next several weeks.“Discussions are continuing between BGEA and Wheaton College about the transfer of archives, including decisions on the breadth and scope of the collection, future accessibility and online opportunities for research,” he said. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen News Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagsarchives Billy Graham Billy Graham Center Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Billy Graham Library Franklin Graham homepage featured,You may also like Share This!center_img Share This! News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Judge vacates former youth minister’s sex abuse convictions  Share This! Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Opinion By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstwlast_img read more

first_imgPeople who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study reveals. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.“The study shows that men’s and women’s feelings about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said lead study author David Frederick from Chapman University in the US. The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.  “It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image. The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem. People’s orientations towards their relationships – known as “attachment styles”–were linked to how people felt about their bodies.  Women with anxious and fearful attachment styles were dissatisfied with their appearance. Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching TV. “Satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,” the study noted. “People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance,” Frederick stated.last_img read more