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NRB Internet Freedom Watch shines light on censorshipWASHINGTON (BP) -- National Religious Broadcasters is drawing attention to online censorship of Christian and conservative speech by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple by launching a new initiative -- Internet Freedom Watch.
NRB announced Thursday (Dec. 7) a new website -- InternetFreedomWatch.org -- for documenting cases of internet censorship, including Twitter's takedown of an ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R.-Tenn., in October and Facebook removing former Gov. Mike Huckabee's post supporting Chick-fil-A in 2012. Read More
Chromecast, Apple TV safest viewing for kids, PTC saysLOS ANGELES (BP) -- Among popular video entertainment services, Google Chromecast and Apple TV provide the safest viewing options for children and their parents, the Parents Television Council said in its latest research.
Popular streaming video on demand (SVOD) and over-the-top (OTT) entertainment viewing options expose children to disturbing and edgy programs rated only for mature audiences, the PTC said in the study released Tuesday (Aug. 8). Read More
Google update could decrease churches' web trafficNASHVILLE (BP) -- A change in Google's formula for prioritizing search results could keep churches without mobile-friendly websites from being as visible online to potential visitors.
Starting April 21, Google updated its algorithms for searches done from mobile devices to give higher placement in the results to websites that are compatible with such devices. That means churches with older, more basic websites may not appear among the top results when, for example, mobile phone users search for "Baptist church" and their city. Read More
Caution urged with YouTube Kids appNASHVILLE (BP) -- Google's new YouTube Kids app may be a welcomed addition to children-friendly entertainment, but parents should still study the programming before exposing their children to its content, some Baptist communicators say.
As more companies release these types of apps, parents need to determine whether an organization's definition of "kid-friendly" matches their own definition, said Darrel Girardier, digital strategy director for Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn. Read More