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March 6, 2024

Child sexual abuse images crimes sees major rise

  • The NSPCC have revealed across the UK, the number of child sexual abuse image crimes have reached more than 33,000 – an increase of 25% compared to 2021/22.
  • The report highlighted that social media apps are frequently used in these crimes, with 44% occurring on Snapchat.
  • A consultation into Ofcom’s first codes for companies to adopt to disrupt child sexual abuse on their platforms closed last week.
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

US Senators raise new push to ban TikTok

  • Another group of US regulators have proposed actions against TikTok.
  • The new action is aimed to “address national security concerns posed by Chinese ownership of the app”.
  • TikTok has maintained that it remains separate from its Chinese ownership, however, various reported have raised concerns that user data is being routed to China.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

Instagram now lets you edit DMs up to 15 mins after sending them 

  • Instagram announced that it is rolling out the ability for users to edit their direct messages, for up to 15 minutes after sending them.
  • Users will also get the option to pin up to three messaging threads to the top of their inbox.
  • Users can now save their favourite stickers in direct messages for easy access.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Price cap on school uniform costs to be considered, says Education Minister 

  • Stormont’s Education Minister has warned school governors he will no longer permit them to ignore guidance on reducing uniform costs as he revealed a price cap is under consideration.
  • He reported a public consultation later this spring will include the proposals.
  • The minister also said he wanted to review the criteria for accessing support grants to help families with uniform costs.
  • For more, please visit the ITV News website.