Research + News | Topic: Apps

Advocacy Groups Urge FTC To Be Tougher On Google With Protecting Kids Privacy On Apps

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) said they plan to file a complaint with the FTC Wednesday asking regulators to investigate how the Google Play Store promotes apps for kids. Read the article here.

Instagram Will No Longer Let Adults Message Teens Who Don’t Follow Them

Teen users will also be shown safety prompts when messaging ‘suspicious’ adults. Read the article here.

This “TikTok Meets Tinder” Dating App Wants To Help Gen Z Connect

As Gen Z enters the dating scene, this app wants to leave swiping right behind and use TikTok-esque short-form videos to connect young daters. Read the article here.

Children Can ByPass Age Verification Procedures In Popular Social Media Apps

Lero study shows children can bypass apps’ age verification measures by lying. Read the article here.

4 Teenagers Arrested Over ‘Live-Streamed’ Murder Of 15-Year-Old Girl In Walmart

Four young girls were arrested over the weekend after the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl at a Louisiana Walmart was live-streamed on social media. Read the article here.

New Trend Making Teens Vulnerable To Human Trafficking

How a trend to gain social media followers is making teens vulnerable to trafficking. Read the article here.

Teens Have Never Known A World Without Data Sharing, And It’s Creating A False Sense Of Security

The next generation — Generation Alpha, born 2010 and later — has had a digital footprint since birth. We have to recognize the positive impacts — connection, community, support, entertainment and creativity — while discussing potential harms. Read the article here.

TikTok Accounts Of Younger Teens Will Now Be Private By Default, All Minor Users Will Have Tighter Privacy

TikTok has made a set of changes to its app that will set the accounts of teenage users between 13 and 15 years private by default and also enable tighter privacy protections for all users under the age of 18. Read the article here.

What Parents Need To Know About Yubo, The ‘Tinder for Teens’

The app enables teenagers (or adults pretending to be them) to find others with similar interests and chat through private messaging or via public live streams. Read the article here.

TikTok Is More Popular Than Instagram Among US Teens, Study Finds

TikTok continues to reign supreme among US teens, according to data from a new study. For the first time, it now surpasses Instagram. Read the article here.