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DAILY DIGITAL EDIT – 15.02.2018

The Daily Digital News Edit, bringing you the top 3 digital news stories of the day. 

Facebook’s child-friendly texting app Messenger Kids arrives on Android 

Facebook’s controversial app Messenger Kids, which lets parents control who kids can talk to, is today rolling out to Android devices in the U.S. Android is the last major platform the app needed to address, having initially debuted on iOS, followed by last month’s arrival on Amazon Fire tablets.

Read more here. 

*Facebook’s Messenger for Kids app has generated lots of debate as to whether it is necessary or not. However, for those parents who have chosen to use the app, the feedback so far has been positive. The app currently has a 4-star rating on Apple’s App Store, and 3.5 stars on Amazon’s Appstore.*

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YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both services after a court ruled that it violated billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s privacy rights.

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*This raises questions about to what extent social media platforms such as Facebook, should adhere to individual nations’ censorship rules, or whether they should be able to exist within their own set of rules.*

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Pinterest now lets you archive boards, rearrange pins and more

Starting today, you can drag-and-drop to reorder the pins on your boards. You can rearrange the boards as they appear on your profile, or automatically sort them alphabetically, by date created, or by most recently updated. 

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*These features essentially gives users more control over their boards – does this mark Pinterest’s attempt to keep users engaged for longer on the platform? *

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