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October 31, 2023

TikTok faces fresh calls for ban over Hamas content

  • TikTok is facing new calls for a ban after it emerged that it is awash with videos glorifying Hamas.
  • The pro-Hamas material comes despite TikTok’s own guidelines banning any content that praises or glorifies extremist organisations.
  • Last night, Ofcom stated it had written to TikTok over the risk of harmful content related to the Israel-Hamas war being accessed by users.
  • The emergence of Hamas material on TikTok comes days after the Online Safety Act came into law, which places legal responsibility on tech companies to remove illegal content or face fines worth billions of pounds.
  • TikTok said it was reviewing the Arabic search term and would remove anything that violated its community guidelines.
  • The European Commission has demanded information from TikTok over how it curbed the spread of Hamas content.
  • For more, please visit The Telegraph website.

Children to be trained to spot early signs of violence against women 

  • White Ribbon NI, a charity set up by men to end male violence against women is extending its training to children.
  • White Ribbon’s campaign dates back to a massacre in Canada, which was driven by hatred of women.
  • In NI, the PNSI have reported that 34 women and girls have been killed in the last five years.
  • Forty organisations in NI have signed up to the White Ribbon Charter, pledging to never commit, condone or remain silent about abuse against women.
  • They have been working with Ulster University and the Stormont Executive to put together a strategy designed to end violence against women and girls.
  • A framework has been developed and is out for consultation, but without a functioning Executive, it still needs signed off.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.

St Patrick’s College: Teachers in Dungannon air concerns

  • According to an anonymous wellbeing survey at the school, the majority of members of The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have said they do not “personally feel valued as a member of staff” there.
  • However, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and schools’ governors have expressed “significant concerns” about the survey, regarding how it was conducted and the “subsequent validity of reported outcomes”.
  • The joint statement reported: “Despite the concerns, the CCMS and the board of governors continued to engage with INTO and agreement was reached on how the survey’s outcomes would be represented and communicated, given our concerns regarding the reliability of data.”
  • They continued: “It is extremely disappointing that the agreed approach has not been honoured.”
  • The school’s board of governors have commissioned its own survey of staff, and said they were “now seeking the input of the wider staff team, so that everyone will have an opportunity to provide feedback on health and wellbeing and other key issues”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.