Global Tech Roundup: Nestle, Disney and Others Suspend Youtube Ads, Rural Villages in China to Go Cashless by 2020
It has been a very exciting week in the tech space both home and abroad. The biggest news this week is arguable the unveiling of Samsung’s foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold. But other major news also made the headlines around the world so let’s go get them.
Nestle, Disney and others suspend Youtube ads over Paedophile Network
On Sunday, a YouTube creator, Matt Watson posted a very compelling video on Reddit with an in-depth description of how paedophiles were using the platform to promote their ignominious trade by manipulating YouTube’s algorithm which redirects searches.
Following that report, big Youtube advertisers like Nestle, Epic, McDonald’s and Disney have all reportedly suspended advertising on the medium.
A YouTube spokesperson claims they have deleted accounts and channels with paedophilia content, disabled comments on videos that include minors and reported illegal activities to the authorities. But so far, their efforts aren’t convincing enough as more and more advertisers are pulling their businesses.
Rural villages in China to go cashless by 2020
Not content with urbanisation, residents of even the most remote villages of China may soon be able to perform transactions on their phones and other internet devices.
This is because the Chinese government has unveiled its plan to make mobile payments widely available in rural areas by the end of 2020.
Although about 42% of the Chinese population are rural dwellers, the figures are quickly diminishing as more and more rural folks are migrating to urban cities.
The government hopes that making mobile payments available in rural villages will digitize the lives of the mostly farming communities and generally improve the economies of smaller cities and villages. We hope Nigeria is following the rural China situation.
Japan space agency successfully lands spacecraft on tiny asteroid
There was wild jubilation at the Japan Space Agency (JAXA) Space Centre in Tsukuba near Tokyo on Thursday when the agency successfully landed its spacecraft, the Hayabusa2, on an asteroid called Ryugu.
This feat is very outstanding if you consider how small the asteroid is, how fast it was travelling and how far away from earth it is.
At 900 meters wide, the asteroid isn’t a big one. It was travelling very fast through the universe and it is millions of miles away from the earth. With so little gravitational pull, Hayabusa2 still defied the odds to land on Ryugu.
That’s all for this weekend. We hope to bring you further recap next week.
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