Hashtag Trending August 23 – Google’s driving app change; OnlyFans to ban adult content; Facebook hides friends list in Afghanistan

Google discontinues a driving app in Android 12, OnlyFans to stop hosting adult content, and Facebook hides friends lists in Afghanistan.

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Google will be dropping the “Android Auto for Phone Screens’ app in Android 12. The app provided a driver-friendly interface with large icons to help navigate drivers to the destination. It’s not all bad, though, as instead of a standalone app, the feature will be replaced by the Google Assistant driving mode instead, which is available through the Google Maps app. Aside from announcing the change, Google didn’t explain why it decided to end the app. But according to Verge, Android Auto for Phone Screens has always been a stopgap product for when the Google Assistant driving mode can come online.

OnlyFans, a subscription-based content hosting platform known for explicit content, will ban adult content starting October 1. Users will still be able to post nude content, but they will have to adhere to OnlyFans’ content guidelines. According to the company, the change had come after increasing pressure from banking partners. Previously, two BBC investigations revealed that users under 18 had used fake age to sell explicit videos through the platform. The investigation prompted a wave of requests for the platform to regulate its content. In July, OnlyFans revealed that it had closed the investigated accounts along with 15 others.

Finally, Facebook is hiding friends lists on accounts in Afghanistan. The Taliban seized control of the Afghan government earlier this month, and its citizens feared retribution from the group for their social media posts. Some have taken to deleting their accounts, but for those who decide to keep them, Facebook has added a one-click tool to lock down their accounts. When an account is locked, people who aren’t on the friend’s list can’t see the posts in the timeline. Additionally, Facebook has also removed the ability to search for friends in Afghanistan to protect people from being targeted.

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Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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