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September 11, 2023

TikTok announces new quarterly safety update, in line with EU requirements

  • In line with the new EU Digital Services Act (DSA), TikTok has announced that it will begin providing regular reports on its most recent attempts to improve user safety.
  • TikTok’s new quarterly EU Safety report will include a summary of all the steps the platform has taken over the last 3 months to address safety concerns and its evolving areas of focus.
  • The first report can be found here.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

Roblox is coming to PS4 and PS5

  • Children’s gaming platform Roblox has announced its plans to launch on Sony’s PlayStation consoles in October this year.
  • According to the firm, Roblox has over 60 million players a day.
  • The platform has frequently come under fire for poor moderation of its content.
  • Its popularity seemingly stems from the ability for players to create their own games, with children being ‘developers’.
  • In 2022 the NSPCC and Childline told the BBC that since the pandemic, the number of children calling their helpline with concerns regarding Roblox had increased five-fold.
  • Roblox has also announced ‘Connect’, a system that will allow people to call people in the game using their real names, body language and facial expressions.
  • Roblox announced in a blog post that it was available to players aged 13 and above, although it is unclear in which countries Connect will launch presently.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Derry/Londonderry: Police officers attacked by youths for a second evening

  • Petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at officers during a security alert in the Rosemount area which began on Friday afternoon.
  • They sustained burns, head injuries and potential fractures.
  • Police made another seizure of “what are believed to be six improvised explosive devices, a quantity of ammunition and a machine pistol”.
  • Superintendent William Calderwood stated “this is reckless and criminal behaviour, and it has to stop. It is absolutely appalling and achieves nothing except harm to our community.”
  • Another incident which occurred in Creggan on Thursday, saw 16 police officers injured, and children as young as eight were involved.
  • Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Mark McEwan said the significance of Thursday’s discovery could not be underestimated, as the items recovered “are military grade”.
  • He continued, stating that the PSNI’s main line of inquiry is the New IRA: “we believe the intention was to mount attacks in an attempt to kill police officers”.
  • The items involved were being stored close to a children’s play area.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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