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Instagram experiments with new age verification tools by scanning your face, video selfies
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Instagram experiments with new age verification tools by scanning your face, video selfies

Washington June 23 : In order to better manage and engage with younger and older users, as well as to better target them with age-appropriate and relevant content and advertising, Instagram has been experimenting for years. The Meta-owned platform is currently testing a new set of features designed to verify when people say they are 18 or older, including video selfies, vouching from adult friends, and providing an ID. According to The Verge, creating an Instagram account requires that you be at least 13 years old, but the company has historically done little to enforce this requirement. It didn't even bother to ask new users their birthdate prior to 2019, much less make an effort to validate this information. However, Instagram has added an increasing number of age-verification features...
Survivors dig by hand after Afghanistan quake killing 1,000
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Survivors dig by hand after Afghanistan quake killing 1,000

The quake was Afghanistan's deadliest in two decades, and officials said the toll could rise. An estimated 1,500 others were reported injured, the state-run news agency said. Gayan (Afghanistan), Jun 23: Survivors dug by hand Thursday through villages in eastern Afghanistan reduced to rubble by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 1,000 people, as the Taliban and the international community that fled their takeover struggled to aid the disaster's victims. In Paktika province's hard-hit Gayan district, villagers stood atop the mud bricks that once was a home there. Others carefully walked through dirt alleyways, gripping onto damaged walls with exposed timber beams to make their way. The quake was Afghanistan's deadliest in two decades, and officia...
Global crude oil prices decline on fears of recession, weak demand outlook
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Global crude oil prices decline on fears of recession, weak demand outlook

New Delhi  June 21 : International crude oil prices have come off their recent highs and declined on fears of the possibility of a recession in the global economy following aggressive monetary policy tightening by central banks and the likelihood of weak demand outlook for the commodity. Ongoing Covid-led lockdown in parts of China too led to a decline in the prices. Also, international crude oil prices declined amid recession fears followed by aggressive monetary policy tightening by central banks. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures are currently trading at around $110 per dollar, as against its recent peak of around $123 per dollar. The near-term support lies at $98 per barrel while resistance at $123 per barrel, said Tapan Patel, Senior Analyst (Commodities) at HDFC Secu...
Is a major recession unavoidable? Three economists give their views
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Is a major recession unavoidable? Three economists give their views

Unemployment has fallen to only 3.8%, although employment rates are still below pre-COVID levels, pointing to more people being inactive particularly older workers. Sheffield/London/Bath (UK), Jun 19 (The Conversation) We are in a double bind right now. Prices are going through the roof but all the signs suggest that the economy is weakening. The answer to higher prices is normally to raise interest rates, but this also induces people and firms to spend less money. The challenge for central banks is to try and deal with both problems at the same time. We asked three economists whether they saw a way of bringing down inflation without causing a severe recession. Here's what they said: Jonathan Perraton, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sheffield ...