The number of coronavirus-themed videos breaking the rules has fallen every month, since a peak in March, according to TikTok.
On 9 July, the business published its latest transparency report, in which it said 49 million videos had been removed between July and December 2019. About a quarter of those were deleted for containing adult nudity or sexual activity.
Instagram Confirms US Launch of TikTok Rival Reels
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the U.S. (and international) launch, saying “We’re excited to bring Reels to more countries, including the U.S., in early August,” though they didn’t provide specific details of which other markets will be added.
Reels was designed to directly challenge TikTok’s growing dominance. As a new area in the Instagram app, it will allow users to create and post short, 15-second videos set to music or other audio, similar to TikTok.
The ruling will not apply immediately but requires data protection authorities (DPAs) in individual member states to vet the sending of any new data to make sure people’s personal information remains protected according to the EU’s data protection laws (GDPR).
The case was started after Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems lodged an official complaint. He argued that the privacy of European citizens could not be guaranteed, following revelations from the Snowden affair.
Commissioner Calls for Overhaul of Early Years Services
Commissioner Anne Longfield said “nurseries and early years support play a vital role in helping children prepare for school,” said Longfield, “but coronavirus and lockdown have put many at risk of closure”.
Her report, Best Beginnings, acknowledges that successive governments have invested more in early years in England, but said the system is disjointed and often fails to target disadvantaged children in greatest need of early intervention.