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Instagram set to take on Tik-Tok

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Facebook Inc. will begin testing ads on its Instagram ‘Reels’ feature as the social media giant moves to monetise the content.

Instagram’s Reels feature was launched in 2020 as the social media platform took on Tik-Tok as popularity for dancing videos boom.

The trial is being rolled out India, Brazil, Germany and Australia.

It comes amid the apps growing popularity in India.

Instagram hopes this move will allow it to further compete with TikTok and see fans ‘move’ to the platform.

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Court case jeopardises future of Friendlyjordies Youtube channel

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The Friendlyjordies producer Kristo Langker has pleaded not guilty to stalking and intimidating the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Australia

The charges followed Langker’s arrest over two encounters with Deputy premier John Barilaro.

The 21-year-old made his first appearance at Newtown, New South Wales local court following his arrest earlier this month. His lawyer, Emmanuel Kerkyasharian advised the court that the content producer would enter not guilty pleas to both charges.

While some bail conditions on Mr Langker were lifted or relaxed, magistrate Glenn Bartley declined to settle a dispute over Langker’s want to go past NSW Parliament House.

Prosecutors have also put forward the recommendation to sensor future posts to the Friendlyjordies Youtube channel.

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“It was like sex trafficking”: Britney Spears pleads for freedom from toxic father

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Superstar Britney Spears has addressed a US court, discussing her controversial conservatorship that has sparked a global movement.

Spears spoke for around 20 minutes, reading from a letter and saying she just wants her life back.

She continued saying “a lot has happened since two years ago, the last time I was in court. I haven’t been back to court because I didn’t feel I was heard”.

It has also been revealed that Britney was forced to perform, given no privacy and was made to use birth control, take medication and attend therapy sessions against her will.

Britney says the drug she was forced to take can make people become mentally impaired if used for longer than five months.

From the letter, she reads “I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses.”

This is the first time Spears has addressed a court since her attorney filed to suspend her father as conservator of Spear’s estate. 

Jamie Spears has been Britney’s conservator since 2008 following a spate of personal battles, which were often played out in the public eye.

In regards to the role her father plays, Britney says “the control he had to hurt his own daughter… he loved it. I worked seven days a week … it was like sex trafficking. I didn’t have a credit card, cash or my passport.”

Spears added “anything I had to do, my dad was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.”

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Concerns for Press Freedoms as Apple Daily announces closure date

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Hong Kong’s pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will stop operating on Thursday

The tabloid’s parent company, Next Digital said confirmed the news after national security police arrested another employee of the troubled newspaper.

The recent events bring the 26 year operations of the popular tabloid to a close.

Apple Daily is popular within Hong Kong. The newspaper, which mixes pro-democracy discourse with racy celebrity gossip and investigations of those in power, has escalated alarm over media freedom and other rights in the Chinese-ruled city.

In a statement on its website, Next Digital stated that the decision to close the newspaper, which employs about 600 journalists, was taken “due to the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong.”

Last weeek authorities in Hong Kong froze assets of companies linked to the newspaper and arrested five executives.

On Wednesday, it arrested a columnist on suspicion of conspiring to collude with a foreign country or foreign forces.

Authorities have revealed their concern over dozens of Apple Daily pieces that may have violated the security law, the first instance of authorities taking aim at media articles under the legislation.

There has now been an outcry from rights groups, media organisations and Western governments, who have criticised last week’s raid of the Apple Daily newsroom. Those who state press freedom has been violated.

The Apple Daily has come under increasing pressure following the arrest of its since tycoon owner and Beijing critic, Jimmy Lai.

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