© Reuters Online Safety Rows, NFT Boom, and Metaverse Skepticism: What will technology look like in 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic has made us spend more time on the Internet than ever before, and more and more people believe that 2022 will focus on the increasingly serious consequences of our current digital lifestyle. After the Wall Street Journal published a series of research reports on the negative impact of Facebook on its image-sharing platform, Instagram has had an impact on the mental health and physical health of young and vulnerable users in the past 12 months, especially in the past 12 months. The few-year-old girl emphasized how big technology companies cannot be trusted to protect their young and vulnerable users.
The global backlash after the report was released led to Instagram in September “suspending” efforts to develop a version of its app for children under 13 years of age. However, the company is expected to resume work this year after several consultations with parents and child safety experts.
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In addition, more and more time spent on the Internet has led to the introduction of new technical concepts, such as non-fungible tokens, which will perform well in 2021. The boom will only increase Sotheby’s sales to a record high in 2022. For example, Beeple’s digital artwork Everydays-The First 5000 Days sold for a breakthrough $69 million in March. In addition, Facebook (NASDAQ:) was renamed Meta, aiming to introduce the concept of Metaverse (digital space network) into the public consciousness.
All of these will increase online business in the next few years. Despite the best efforts of large technology companies, people will have more reasons to go online, just as they have to quit the Internet. Regulatory efforts have led the British Parliament to introduce the world’s first Internet security law, the Online Security Act. The focus of the bill is to hold large technology companies accountable for anything that happens on their platforms. This is particularly important given that the technology sector remains largely unregulated, which has led to an increase in social vices such as racism, online abuse and bullying.
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