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Weekly Briefing: 20-27 March 2019

Facebook admits to not storing millions of user passwords safely

Facebook has received widespread criticism after it was revealed that the social media company had been storing users’ passwords in plain text without any encryption, according to The Guardian. There’s no evidence that the details were abused but the company admits that the internal error caused a ‘huge risk’ to the users’ data.

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Google unveils game streaming service Stadia

Google has announced that it will be launching its own console-free gaming service — the Stadia — which will allow players to play games through streaming, according to Wired. It is not yet clear when the service will be released or what it will cost, but people have been speculating that it will be a monthly subscription rather than a pay-per-title model.

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Eating disorder content on Instagram 'out of control'

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned that encouraging eating disorder content on the social media platform is ‘spiralling out of control’, according to the BBC. Instagram, who recently purged the platform for self-harm content following the death of Molly Russell, said that it removes content promoting eating disorders when it’s made aware of it.

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Real-money loot boxes removed from Heroes Of The Storm

The games developer Blizzard has announced that it will be removing the function to buy loot boxes with real money from its online game Heroes Of The Storm, according to a recent patch note. From now on, players will only be able to buy loot boxes with Gold — the game’s own currency — but skins and cosmetics are still available for real-money purchase.

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Even teens think they're using social media 'too much' — here's why that's a good thing

‘I spend far too much time on social media than I should really. I think we’re a generation of social media addicts. It’s addictive. 100%.’ Have a read of this feature where the Huffington Post looks into social media use among teenagers — and how they are becoming more self-aware and understanding of the consequences of excessive use.

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Snapchat might reconsider 'addictive' streak function

Snapchat has announced that it is considering changes to its friendship streaks after receiving criticism about the feature being potentially addictive and causing ‘undue pressure to children’, according to the BBC. Users can send ‘snaps’ to each other and, when it becomes a daily routine, the app registers for how long they’ve gone without missing a day.

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