Google to improve YouTube Kids app to let parents control what children watch

Enhanced controls will allow parents to handpick videos among a host of new features, but campaigners say YouTube must do more

Google is updating its YouTube Kids app to improve the control over the videos and channels that can be watched by children.

YouTube Kids is a separate app for smartphones and tablets that provides access to a subset of the videos available on the main site. There have been 70bn video views since the app, which is used by 11m families, launched in 2015. In the app’s biggest change yet, Google is giving parents much greater control over what their children can find and watch.

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British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends

Number of people who see Facebook as their main social media profile falls from 80% to 70% in a year

British adults are becoming less reliant on Facebook for communicating with friends, according to research conducted by the UK media regulator, which suggests people are starting to turn to other social media apps.

The number of British social media users who consider Facebook to be their main social media or messaging profile fell from 80% to 70% in 12 months, according to the regulator’s annual media use survey.

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Facebook data harvesting and the hunt for the ‘friend’ who betrayed me | Michael McGowan

After my data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica, I went on a harrowing deep dive into my account

Two weeks ago I logged into good old Facebook dot com to discover I was one of the 311,127 Australians – and one of about 87 million people worldwide – who had their personal data harvested by Cambridge Analytica sometime around 2013-15.

I was a small and unwitting cog in a vast, beguiling narrative of unfurling geopolitical upheaval encompassing the Trump presidency, Russian interference and Brexit.

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