A recent filing showcases that Apple is trying to avoid further bans on its Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 models' sales in the US. It is now removing the pulse oximeter technology in recent models.
Rocket Lab to launch junk removal satellite for Astroscale
Governments across the world have imposed bans of varying degrees on TikTok, however, Nepal has gone further to ban the app across the entire country in a decision made in a cabinet meeting today.
France's National Frequency Agency (ANFR) has notified Apple that it is banning the sale of iPhone 12 models in the country. Apple expressed its disagreement with ANFR's conclusions.
Microsoft has also reportedly flat out banned some gamers who have attempted to upload emulators on Xbox consoles set in retail mode. The use of emulators in developer mode is still allowed.
In an attempt to protest against Reddit's recent API pricing, various subreddits have joined hands for a digital protest. These subreddits will be going dark later this month for a period of 48 hours.
The Windows 11 debloater app BloatyNosy had issues with Microsoft Store policies, which had been seemingly resolved once. However, Microsoft has once again banned the app from its Store.
Although some European countries are rushing to ban ChatGPT and related technologies, Ireland is taking a more measured approach where it wants to fully understand the benefits and risks of AI.
Imgur has started its latest crackdown on explicit content uploaded to its platform. The website will soon remove all explicit content and orphan content that is not tied to any user account.
The UK government has banned TikTok from being used on government devices. It said the ban was a precautionary one as the app requires sensitive data permissions, and they could be misused.
TikTok has criticized the European Commission's decision to ban its employees from using TikTok on their devices. It said the process to reach the decision was "un-European" due to its secretiveness.
Inda has banned over 200 mobile apps and services operating in the country. While some of these were created by Indian developers, they are suspected of transferring customer data to China.
Wikipedia can now be accessed again on Pakistan after the country's Prime Minister ordered its unbanning. The PM said that the blanket ban's unintended consequences outweighed its benefits.
Pakistan's government has degraded access to Wikipedia following news of the platform hosting certain content deemed objectionable by local authorities. The website could soon be blocked completely.
In a new measure, the US government has reportedly begun blocking approvals of licenses to export to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, which covers most items and businesses within the US.
As Elon Musk's Twitter allows anyone to wear a blue tick for $8 a month, the company is aiming to prevent impersonations by permanently banning accounts that do not indicate that they are a parody.
WeChat users who were banned for shares images of a recent pro-democracy demonstration in China have been sharing messages on Weibo asking for access to be restored, titled as "confession letters."
With Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter looming, it seems like the latter is reviewing its policies around perma-bans. It's unclear if this is related to Musk's recent criticism of the policy though.
It seems like China has finally started loosening its grip a little on its local tech sector. The country's regulator has finally given NetEase and Tencent permission to publish new paid games again.
The Google Play Store hasn't approved Truth Social, the social media platform promoted as a free speech alternative to Twitter. The app allegedly violates policies pertaining to moderation of content.
VideoLAN's president and lead developer has claimed that Indian internet service providers are restricting customers from downloading VLC media player from the official website for unknown reasons.
The Indonesian government has blocked multiple companies and services for continuing to operate without registering themselves. Registration would also enforce certain tough regulatory restrictions.
Russia's President Putin signed a law to enact suspension of certain provisions of Federal Law “On Banks and Banking Activity”, and bans the use of digital assets as a payment mode in Russia.
The motion submitted to the House of Representatives in The Netherlands, brought together the support of six political parties, meaning that it is likely that they will follow Belgium's lead.
Microsoft Rewards members all over the world are complaining about being banned for no apparent reason while trying to redeem their points. That said, a partial fix has now been deployed.
In an interview, Elon Musk has stated that he would unban Donald Trump from Twitter if his acquisition completes. He called the original decision "morally wrong", "foolish", and "flat-out stupid".
Twitter has reportedly put a temporary ban on product changes to preemptively prevent sabotage from employees who might go rogue following the deal with Elon Musk. Employees are divided on the topic.
Russian demand for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) has skyrocketed by around 2088% after the country banned Meta's Facebook and Instagram platforms, in addition to several others.
Russia has banned access to Facebook, according to the digital regulator Roskomnadzor. It comes after Facebook restricted some Russian news pages in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Google has announced a series of steps to stop the spread of disinformation by state-sponsored Russian media outlets on its platforms. Its services continue to remain available in Russia.
The organizers of MWC 2022 are barring Russian companies from the event due to sanctions imposed, as the country invades Ukraine. A handful of companies and executives are banned from the event.
The Russian government has partially banned Facebook in the country and claimed that the social network has violated the fundamental human rights and freedom of citizens in the country.
German authorities have successfully pressured Telegram to remove the channels of 64 users that were spreading hate and conspiracy theories. Among those getting a channel ban was Attila Hildmann.
Twitter has updated its private information policy to now include banning photos and videos that depict individuals who have not consented to share the media on the microblogging platform.
India may not ban cryptocurrencies outright after all, according to Zebpay co-CEO Avinash Shekhar. Based on meetings with the finance committee he believes high taxes on crypto will be levied instead.
Valve has announced that games based on blockchain technology that allow the exchange of NFTs are not welcome on Steam. Meanwhile, the doors at Epic Games Store are still open for those affected.
TikTok has banned the viral "milk crate challenge" from its platform amid safety concerns. The activity can result in serious injuries due to people tumbling from an unstable pyramid of milk crates.
Previously, Facebook has faced criticism for not taking action to stop online incitement. This time, the company has confirmed that it will ban Taliban-related content with the aid of a special team.
In a statement to Neowin, Mozilla has called out Facebook for its counterintuitive approach to research, saying that the NYU Ad Observatory did not deserve to be banned from the platform.
The NYU Ad Observatory project studies political ads on Facebook. Its access to the platform has now been shut down because it breached user privacy by scraping data, despite repeated warnings.
The Indian government's new guidelines to moderate social media and OTT platforms go live tomorrow and as such, platforms failing to comply with the rules may face criminal actions or even a ban.