‘Dangerous misogynist’ Andrew Tate removed from Instagram

The controversial online influencer and self-described misogynist Andrew Tate has been banned from Meta platforms Instagram and Facebook.

Tate, a former kickboxer and reality TV star, was removed for violating Meta policies “on dangerous organizations and individuals”, the company confirmed by email.

Tate first rose to prominence after appearing on the TV show Big Brother in 2016, when he was

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Will today’s tech giants reach a century? It’s all about the

A question: what’s the average lifespan of an American company? Not any old company, mind, but one big enough to figure in Standard and Poor’s index of the 500 largest. The answer is surprising: the seven-year rolling average stands at 19.9 years. Way back in 1965 it was 32 years and the projections are that the downward trend will continue.

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‘Gifs are cringe’: how Giphy’s multimillion-dollar business

It is rare for a multimillion-dollar company to explicitly state that its business is dying because it is simply too uncool to live.

But that is the bold strategy that the gif search engine Giphy has adopted with the UK’s competition regulator, which is trying to block a $400m (£352m) takeover attempt by Facebook’s owner, Meta.

In a filing with

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Priti Patel urges Meta to rethink end-to-end encryption

Priti Patel has hit out at Facebook’s plans to encrypt direct messages, even as the company is facing criticism in the US for failing to protect the privacy of women seeking abortions.

The UK home secretary has urged Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, to reconsider its intentions to apply “end-to-end encryption” to direct messages sent from Messenger and

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TikTok can track users’ every tap as they visit other sites

TikTok has the ability to track every tap of your screen while you browse in its iOS app, including typed passwords and clicked links, according to new research by software engineer Felix Krause.

In-app browsing refers to any activity on third-party sites that open in the app, rather than in an external window.

On Thursday, Krause released a report examining

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Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach lawsuit ends in

Facebook has dramatically agreed to settle a lawsuit seeking damages for allowing Cambridge Analytica access to the private data of tens of millions of users, four years after the Observer exposed the scandal that mired the tech giant in repeated controversy.

A court filing reveals that Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has in principle settled for an undisclosed sum a long-running

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