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TikTok “Influencer” Faizal Siddiqui Apologises as Google Deletes Millions of Negative TikTok Reviews

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TikTok “influencer” Faizal Siddiqui who was in the eye of a storm for posting a video on TikTok that supposedly supported acid attacks, was summoned by the Indian police for questioning, recently. Post his visit to the police station in the Indian city of Thane, he posted a video on the video sharing platform, apologizing for his act and making an appeal to others not to indulge in such misadventures.

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In the purported video, Siddiqui was seen splashing some liquid on the face of a girl who “betrayed” him. Later, the girl is seen in the clip with grotesque make-up, suggesting a disfigured face. The video caused a furore online and many internet users called for an account ban and taking down the objectionable content.

TikTok responded by immediately taking down the content, and banning Faizal Siddiqui’s account, which at the time of the ban had over 13 million-plus followers. TikTok said Faizal’s account was banned due to multiple community guidelines violations. A spokesperson of TikTok said the video-sharing platform had taken down content, suspended the account, and are now working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Meanwhile, fans and followers of Faizal Siddiqui started setting up fake accounts to amplify their protests by posting negative TikTok reviews on Google Play Store. As a result, overnight, the app’s ratings fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight. Google has now revealed that it has removed more than 5 million of the app’s recent one-star reviews but left many others active.

Even so, the move has had limited effect, and TikTok’s rating remains below two stars on the official Android marketplace. A spokesman for Google said it had taken “corrective action”.

“When we learn of incidents of spam abuse, we review and take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments,” he added. The event coincided with TikTok’s monthly revenue from in-app charges topping those of any other non-gaming app in April, including YouTube and Netflix, according to the analytics firm Sensor Tower. The figure includes sales via the Chinese version of the product, known as Douyin, according to Bloomberg.

Users can purchase virtual currency to spend on supporting their favourite creators on the app. TikTok’s month-on-month in-app purchases revenues increased tenfold to $78m (£63.8m), with 86.6% coming from China, followed by 8.2% in the US.

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Experience the ChatGPT ‘Make It More’ Trend: Generate Weird AI Images

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AI art generators occupy a peculiar space, capable of rendering diverse scenarios, from a cosmic skateboarding dog to a coffee cup adrift in the ocean. Setting aside ethical considerations, some creations may not initially meet expectations, necessitating user prompts to refine the AI-generated output.

Yet, what if the aim isn’t to craft a polished piece of AI art? Enter the “make it more” trend, where ChatGPT users task DALL-E to generate an image and subsequently request the bot to amplify certain aspects. For instance, Justine Moore prompted DALL-E to create a bowl of ramen, then instructed it to make it spicier. The iterative process led to increasingly absurd results, culminating in a bowl of noodles shooting fire beams into outer space.

While the Make It More trend gains traction on ChatGPT and DALL-E, allowing users to experiment with various image transformations, it also raises concerns about resource utilization. The AI processing involved consumes power and energy, prompting considerations about the trend’s efficiency and environmental impact. Nevertheless, these prompts contribute to OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to enhance AI capabilities across platforms like ChatGPT and DALL-E.

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Samsung Internet is Now Available for Download on Windows PCs

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Samsung’s default browser, Samsung Internet, has expanded its reach to desktop computers and laptops, now available for download on the Microsoft Store. One notable feature is the ability for users to sync their browsing data between their Galaxy devices and computers.

Upon launching the browser, users can import their browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines from other applications like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge by signing into their Samsung Cloud account. The browser also supports add-ons and extensions from Chrome and Edge, accessible through the Chrome Web Store.

Samsung Internet for Windows offers familiar features such as incognito mode, light and dark modes, and ad-blocker support. The design elements show similarities to both Chrome and Edge, providing a sense of familiarity for users of those browsers. A useful security feature allows users to delete bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other data upon signing out, catering to those who share computers.

Despite its promising features, the browser’s PC debut is marred by a lack of complete sync support. Currently, only browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines can be imported, with no support for transferring saved passwords from Galaxy devices to computers. This omission may be addressed in future updates.

In May, Samsung Internet received an optimisation update for Galaxy tablet users. Toggleable features were introduced, allowing users to control the placement of the browser’s address, bookmark, and tab bars. The update also included a warning for users with a high number of open tabs, informing them that opening another tab would result in the deletion of the oldest tab.

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Google Clarifies the Cause of Missing Google Drive Files

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Many Google Drive users recently experienced the unsettling disappearance of their files, prompting concerns. Google has now identified the root cause, attributing the issue specifically to the Google Drive for Desktop app. While assuring that only a limited subset of users is affected, the tech giant is actively investigating the matter and promises timely updates.

To prevent inadvertent file deletion, Google provides the following recommendations:

  1. Avoid clicking “Disconnect account” within Drive for desktop.
  2. Refrain from deleting or moving the app data folder, located at:
    • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS
  3. Optionally, create a copy of the app data folder if there is sufficient space on your hard drive.

Before Google officially addressed the issue, distressed users took to the company’s support forum to report deleted files. One user from South Korea highlighted a particularly severe case where their account reverted to May 2023, resulting in the loss of anything uploaded or created after that date. Additionally, the user emphasised that they had not synced or shared their files or drive with anyone else.

As Google delves deeper into resolving this matter, affected users are advised to heed the provided precautions. The company’s commitment to ongoing updates reflects its dedication to swiftly addressing and rectifying the situation. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive measures to safeguard digital data, especially as users navigate cloud-based platforms such as Google Drive.

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