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TikTok adds a strikes policy for bans

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TikTok has announced an update to its moderation system, which will implement account strikes, similar to YouTube’s community guidelines strikes. The company says it’s doing this because its previous system could be confusing to creators and exploited by bad actors.

If TikTok removes content, such as a video or comment, for violating a community guideline, the account behind it will get a strike, which expires after 90 days. There are multiple types of strikes — you can get them for specific product features like Comments or Live or for sections of TikTok’s policies (so strikes for doing a dangerous challenge won’t necessarily be counted with strikes for leaving a spammy comment).

Getting enough strikes in any category will result in a...

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PSA: Twitter’s API changes may make it difficult to log in to your favorite games

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Elon’s messing up the game — literally. Two extremely popular online games, Arknights and Genshin Impact, have warned that players who use Twitter to log in may be affected by Twitter’s pending API changes.

“We are in the process of confirming the impact of the Twitter API adjustments on game account login and the corresponding resolutions,” read the tweet on Genshin Impact’s official Twitter account. “To prevent possible account login problems, we recommend going to the HoYoverse Account page to link your email address for account logins.”

Arknightstweet suggested similarly. “We STRONGLY recommend players binding their game accounts with the Yostar account if have not done so in case of any contingency.”

It’s not known if the changes...

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Is this Microsoft’s ChatGPT-powered Bing?

A screenshot of the homepage for Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. A banner says “introducing the New Bing: Ask real questions. Get complete answers.”
A screenshot purportedly showing the “new Bing,” inviting users to query an AI chatbot. | Image: Owen Yin

Microsoft is reported to be capitalizing on the success of ChatGPT by integrating the AI chatbot into its search engine Bing. But what might that look like? We may now have some idea, thanks to Bing users who said a new, AI-assisted version of the search engine mysteriously appeared (and disappeared) earlier today.

Student and designer Owen Yin reported seeing the “new Bing” on Twitter this morning. He told The Verge via Twitter DM that he has Bing set as his homepage on Microsoft’s Edge browser and the new UI just loaded up. “Didn’t do anything to find it,” said Yin. “After a couple of minutes it stopped working ... Jaw dropped when I realized what I was looking at!”

(The Verge has been unable to verify the authenticity of these...

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Amazon reportedly facing FTC antitrust investigation

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring an antitrust suit against Amazon, although its future remains uncertain. The Wall Street Journal reported the news today, saying that the case could cover an “array” of Amazon business practices. But the agency reportedly hasn’t committed to the suit or heard dissenting arguments from key Amazon executives.

FTC head Lina Khan has leveled heavy criticism at Amazon over allegedly monopolistic business practices, including before joining the agency; she’s the author of an influential 2017 Yale Law Review article titled “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox.” (Amazon unsuccessfully attempted to disqualify her from regulating the company based on her statements.) And over the past years, she and...

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