Welcome to The Helpdesk for Monday, March, 22.
The FT reports, Chinese tech companies are testing ways to get around Apple’s impending privacy changes. The changes to iOS 14 will allow users to opt out of tracking. Apple previously said it would reject any apps from its App Store that “Are found to disregard the user’s choice”.
Last week, Apple sent pre-emptive warnings to at least two Chinese apps, telling them to cease and desist after naming a dozen parameters such as “SetDeviceName” that could be used “To create a unique identifier for the user’s device” – essentially skirting Apple’s privacy changes.
Facebook also bitterly opposes Apple’s privacy changes, since most users are expected to opt-out of the tracking. Previously Facebook ran full-page newspaper ads suggesting Apple’s change would hurt small businesses and warned Wall Street the change would lead to a drop in ad revenue.
Speaking in a Clubhouse chat on Thursday, Zuck said they would manage through: “It’s possible that we may even be in a stronger position if Apple’s changes encourage more businesses to conduct more commerce on our platforms by making it harder for them to use their data in order to find the customers that would want to use their products outside of our platforms.”
Facebook is working on a kids version of Instagram, for children under the age of 13. Currently, Instagram’s policy forbids children under the age of 13 from using the service. Academics have already called it “a bad idea all round.”
Big streaming news from the US, the NFL has finalised new 11-year media rights deal. The league is renewing TV rights with all of its existing broadcast partners and adding Amazon Prime Video as an exclusive partner for its Thursday Night Football package.