Apple confirms event date; Trump angry at Twitter; TikTok’s suicide video trouble

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Apple confirms September 15 event date

Apple has officially announced its virtual event will take place on September 15, confirming rumours that had been going around over the last few days.

The company will announce the launch of the iPhone 12, as well as the new Apple Watch and the new iPad Air.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually and press and public are all invited to watch online via Apple’s website, in the Apple TV app. It will also likely be streamed on YouTube.

The new iPad Air and the Apple Watch 6 are set to be the stars of the show.

Trump rages about Twitter over “Moscow Mitch” meme

US President Donald Trump, a heavy Twitter user, has lashed out at the social network for not removing a meme depicting Mitch McConnell as “Moscow Mitch”.

In the image, McConnell’s face is edited onto the body of a Russian soldier.

“Why does Twitter leave phony pictures like this up, but take down Republican/Conservative pictures and statements that are true?” Trump tweeted.

Twitter and Trump have been at odds for a few months now, ever since the social network decided to start applying warning labels to several Trump tweets for violating the platform’s policies.

TikTok working to remove suicide video

TikTok is struggling to take down video clips showing a man killing himself – and the social network’s trouble with the video has prompted warnings all over the world.

The video has reportedly been circulating on TikTok for days, after also being shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and traumatising numerous users.

Some TikTok users have shared the video disguised behind images of kittens or other seemingly innocent content.

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has issued a public advisory on the matter, urging users to stay away from the social network until the situation is properly dealt with.
“We are aware of a graphic video depicting suicide shared social media. Authorities are currently working with multiple platforms to remove this content. Do not share this video or share where it can be found, it puts people at risk of real harm. Need to talk? Free call/text 1737,” the Foundation tweeted.

“Please stay away from TikTok if you may be affected by this video. You may also want to take a break from other social media platforms as we understand discussion of the video is also taking place elsewhere. Do what you need to do to protect yourself.”

Users who encounter the video are urged to report it to Netsafe.


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