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October 12, 2023

Social media urged to act on violent content after Hamas attack

  • The UK government and Brussels have scrutinised the coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict on social media platforms.  
  • X and Meta were urged to deal with an increase in violent and misleading content on their sites.  
  • In the UK, the technology secretary summoned social media executives on Wednesday to demand the removal of violent content related to the Hamas attacks on Israel from their platforms.  
  • This followed the EU’s criticism of X (formerly Twitter), about discussion of the conflict on its platform. 
  • Musk replied on X asking the European Commissioner responsible for enforcing new EU laws governing social media, to “list the violations” on X. 
  • A spokesperson for Meta stated that the company’s teams were working with third party fact checkers to combat the content.  
  • For more, please visit the Guardian’s website.

Roblox now on PS4 and PS5

  • Roblox has arrived on PS4 and PS5 as of the 10th October.  
  • The game will be free to download for PlayStation users. 
  • Roblox is one of the most popular games in the world, players can create their own games using the game’s engine, Roblox Studio which other users can play. 
  • These games range from first person shooter games to horror games.  
  • Nintendo Switch may also be getting access to Roblox in the future.  
  • Check out our Shareable ‘All about Roblox.  
  • For more, please visit the Evening Standard’s website.  

Northern Ireland included in public consultation on vaping and tobacco rules

  • Although smoking in the last decade has decreased, approximately 2,200 people die a year in NI from smoking-related conditions.
  • The eight-week UK-wide consultation has been launched by the Department of Health and will cover proposals to make it illegal for anyone born on or after 1st January 2009, to ever be sold tobacco products at any point in their lives.
  • The consultation will also include proposals to clamp down on the sale and use of vapes by children and young people, including restrictions on flavours, display, packaging and disposable vapes.
  • Comments in response to the consultation can be given by anyone, of any age in NI.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.

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