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November 13, 2023

Meta faces renewed criticism over end-to-end encryption amid child safety fears

  • Simon Bailey, a former police chief constable who was national lead for child protection at the National Police Chiefs’ Council accused Meta of a “complete loss of social and moral responsibility” over the plans.
  • The comments came after head of the National Crime Agency Graeme Biggar said introducing end-to-end encryption on Facebook would be like “consciously turning a blind eye to child abuse”.
  • Meta responded by saying it has robust measures in place to combat child abuse and it expects to make more reports to law enforcement after this encryption is brought in.
  • However, Mr Bailey reported that he had seen the scale of online sexual abuse grow, and has seen “big tech companies, like Meta, absolve themselves of any responsibility when it comes to tackling online child sexual abuse”.
  • For more, please visit the Shropshire Star website.

Third of teenagers have seen real-life violence on TikTok, research suggests

  • A poll of 7,500 13 to 17-year-olds for Home Office-backed charity the Youth Endowment Fund found a quarter had seen similar material on Snapchat, 20% on YouTube and 19% on Instagram.
  • John Yates, executive director at the Youth Endowment Fund reported: “Social media companies need to wake up. It is completely unacceptable to promote violent content to children.”
  • A TikTok spokesperson responded, stating they remove or age-restrict content that is violent or graphic, most often before it receives a single view, and provides parents with tools to further customise content and safety settings for their teens’ account.”
  • Snapchat also responded, with a spokesperson commenting that they encourage anyone who sees violent content to report it and that they will work with law enforcement, NGOs and safety expert to create a safe environment.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

Using Strava could get you killed by dissidents, PSNI officers warned

  • The PSNI has warned that using the fitness app to track exercise could be used by dissident republicans to launch a murder bid.
  • PSNI sources tipped off Sunday Life about how a senior officer’s movements were viewable on the website.
  • By typing the officer’s name in the search bar, the newspaper was presented with his photograph and maps which detailed the routes of his walks and runs around Belfast.
  • It also included what time the exercise took place and where it started and ended, making it easier to determine where he lived.
  • A PSNI insider reported: “Given the threat from dissident republicans and the attempted murder of Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell earlier this year, all officers need to be aware of the dangers of using these fitness apps.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.