India bans TikTok (again), YouTube bans white racists and more tech news

Your technical news overview, via the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Tuesday 30 June.

1. TikTok and 59 other Chinese apps banned in India

Tiktok stock photo on smartphone

Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Yesterday, the Indian government officially banned 60 China-based apps, including some incredibly popular choices such as TikTok, SHAREIt and UC Browser.

These app bans are just the latest in a long history of antagonization between India and China.


2. YouTube, Reddit and others (finally) crackdown on extremists

The YouTube logo from 2019.The YouTube logo from 2019.

It's no secret that platforms like YouTube and Reddit have long been breeding grounds for conspiracy theories and disinformation. Intentional or not, algorithms have led millions of ordinary people through the rabbit hole to these communities.

YouTube and others are now actively pursuing policies that ban hate speech and hateful behavior by banning a number of prominent channels.


3. Do you think smartphone camera technology is now finding its way? Think again: Mobile camera technology was great even before iPhone and Android. (Android authority)


4. "This is not just any Orwellian technology of the future – it is currently used by law enforcement agencies across the country and is currently harming communities." Congress introduces bill to ban federal agencies from using facial recognition. (Vice)


5. Sony's PS5 got its official reveal earlier this month, but Xbox was suspiciously quiet. Rumor has it that a cheaper Xbox (called Xbox Series S) was part of a canceled June event that is now being pushed to August. (Eurogamer)


6. Google Photos is a handy way to store all your photos in the cloud, but recent changes no longer back up some photos by default. To make sure you don't lose them, here's how to backup your Instagram and Whatsapp photos. (Android authority)


7. Apple has made every effort to charge customers exorbitant accessories prices, but the next iPhone could take things to a new level by not even including a charger in the box. (MacRumors)


8. TikTok does more super shady things: Apple suddenly catches TikTok secretly spying on millions of iPhone users. (Forbes)


9. Despite what marketers say, 16-megapixel DSLR cameras still look better than current 108-megapixel smartphones, and it all comes down to a simple reason. Why the size of the camera sensor is more important than more megapixels. (Android authority)


10. Wipe those tears away with $ 100 bills: Zuckerberg loses $ 7 billion when companies boycott Facebook ads. (Bloomberg)


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