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September 25, 2023

Meta’s AI chatbot plan includes ‘sassy robot’ for younger users

  • The Wall Street Journal has reported that Meta has plans to develop ‘dozens’ of chatbot personas.
  • Among these, it plans to release a generative AI chatbot called “Gen AI Personas”, aimed at younger users.
  • It is set to launch during the Meta Connect event which begins on Wednesday.
  • Meta has also done some work on a chatbot creation tool to enable celebrities to make their own chatbots for their fans.
  • For more, please visit the Verge website.

X improves content reporting flow

  • X (formerly Twitter) is reportedly making it easier to report rule-breaking content in the app.
  • It is doing so with an improved reporting flow which makes it easier for users to specifically highlight their concerns with a few clicks.
  • X will give users more specific violations to choose from when reporting a post, for example concerns around child safety or suicide or self-harm.
  • Once the user has selected the type of issue they are issued with a screen with more specific issues.
  • Users can then submit their concern and a screen with more actions to limit further harm is displayed.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

Raac: Doubt over extra NI funding for crumbling concrete

  • It is not clear whether Northern Ireland (NI) will receive extra money from the UK government to fix public buildings affected by crumbling concrete.
  • The Department of Finance has asked its Stormont counterparts to notify it of buildings affected by Reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac).
  • The information will help identify areas of high risk.
  • Concerns that Raac can be prone to collapse have led to the closure of some school buildings in England.
  • In NI, around 120 schools are being surveyed for the concrete on the base of their age and type of construction.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Alleged child sex offender accused of breaching bail by using Snapchat

  • An alleged sex offender has been remanded into custody after police caught him with a mobile phone with Snapchat on it.
  • The 20-year-old appeared in court via video link on Saturday.
  • Defence solicitor Ronan McCourt accepted it was the second time the 20-year-old had breached bail by having the Snapchat app.
  • The accused had previously been on bail accused of 14 offences allegedly to have been committed between July 23rd and 25th last year.
  • He now faces an array of charges, including six charges of causing or inciting a girl aged 13-16 to engage in sexual activity, four counts of sexual activity involving penetration with the schoolgirl.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.

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