Facebook Introduces More Security to Messenger 

  • Facebook Messenger will now offer users an extra layer of security when opening the App on an iPhone or iPad. 
  • Facebook Messenger can now be locked upon or shortly after closing, requiring you to use an authentication method like Face ID or Touch ID to open it back up. That means you could unlock your phone and let a friend borrow it, and that person won’t be able to access your Messenger chats.
  • The feature, which Facebook is calling App Lock, is part of a number of small changes coming to Messenger centered on privacy and security. It is also adding a Privacy section to the app’s settings, giving users a single location to control features like App Lock and blocking  users. App Lock is supposed to come to Android in “the next few months.”

TikTok to Begin Paying Creators 

  • TikTok is attempting to keep new talent with a new $200 million creators fund, as the platform’s stars become celebrities in their own right. 
  • Creators will receive regular payments over the coming year, and the fund will grow over time. The company did not confirm if there’s a limit to how many creators will receive funding. TikTok also did not say how often payments will be made or how much creators can earn.
  • Creators who want to apply for funding must be 18 or older, consistently post original videos, and create content that is consistent with TikTok’s community guidelines. A baseline follower count is also required, but TikTok did not state how many are needed.

Apple Co-Founder Suing YouTube

3 Teenagers Shot in North London 

  • Two children aged 15, and a young man, aged 19, have been shot and seriously wounded in Tottenham, north London..
  • The Metropolitan police said they believed gunmen arrived in a car, opened fire and then drove off. Police are investigating if the attack was gang related.
  • Residents called police after hearing gunshots and local officers and firearms officers who raced to the scene found the injured victims.
  • Met commander Paul Brogden said: “This was another appalling crime, where three young black males have become victims in our capital city, two of whom are actually children”. DI Gemma Alger appealed for people to come forward with information

Coronavirus: Lost school time ‘will hurt economy for 65 years’ – study

  • The school time lost because of the pandemic could harm the UK economy for the next 65 years, research published by the Royal Society suggests.
  • The study says the disruption to lessons will have a negative impact on the future skills of the workforce.
  • The research group, including academics from Cambridge and Bristol universities, says it will cost billions in a reduced growth rate.
  • The report is from an interdisciplinary group of experts, convened by the Royal Society to measure the long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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