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MeWe is a privacy-respecting alternative to Facebook

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In recent years, Facebook has been increasingly scrutinized for violating users’ privacy. As such, various alternatives have launched that promise to respect the user’s privacy. The latest is MeWe.

MeWe is a social networking platform built in collaboration with the creator of the World Wide Web — Sir Timothy Berners-Lee.

It prides itself as an “anti-Facebook”. The platform mostly caters to users fed up with Facebook privacy violations. CEO Mark Weinstein also states that his platform also welcomes those who dislike Twitter’s political bias.

More importantly, the social network offers the industry’s first “Privacy Bill of Rights”. This bill of rights is exhaustive and lays down the platform’s stance on user’s privacy.

Generally, the platform promises to protect user’s privacy. MeWe claims that users own their own data on the network. Only they can control the data on their newsfeed and timeline. And in a clear dig to Facebook, the platform also clearly states that they will never sell any personal information to third-party providers.

MeWe also claims they won’t target you with advertisements. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, the network claims that it won’t monitor and regulate its user’s activity. It also vows to abide by no commercial or political bias too.

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As of now, the networking platform has already amassed 8 million users. It plans to have 40 million users by the end of 2020, which is quite an ambitious goal. However, in the light of issues hounding both Facebook and Twitter, it is not impossible that users could flock to alternatives like MeWe for their social networking needs.

As a matter of fact, we at GadgetMatch have already established a presence on MeWe. You can find our official MeWe page here. Signing up for the platform is free, and can be done in a minute. When you’re done signing up, follow our page and make GadgetMatch your daily habit.

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone

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President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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