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February 15, 2023

Two teenagers charged with murder of Brianna Ghey

  • Two 15-year-olds have been charged with the murder of transgender teenager Brianna Ghey.
  • Detectives initially investigating the case said there was no evidence to suggest that the crime was “hate-related”.
  • Cheshire police later stated they were looking at whether the stabbing was carried out as a hate crime.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.

Omegle: Suing the website that matched me with my abuser

  • M vs Omegle is a case that could pave the way for being the first time a tech platform is on trial for the way it has been built.
  • The legal team involved argues that Omegle became a “hunting ground” for predators due to its random matching system, lack of warnings or age verification.
  • This case could force changes to the design of Omegle and compensate the victim taking Omegle to court for the production of CSAM.
  • Omegle could also face legal action in the UK if the Online Safety Bill is passed.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.

Mental health services ‘struggling’ to help those in distress

  • Northern Ireland’s mental health champion (Professor Siobhan O’Neill) has said that health providers are struggling to meet the demand of people in significant immediate distress.
  • She said Northern Ireland needed “more psychologists, more psychiatrists” and that difficult decisions lay ahead of Northern Ireland’s 10-year mental health strategy.
  • The number on mental health waiting lists for more than nine weeks has grown since 2018.
  • The number of young people waiting more than nine weeks for access to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) more than tripled between December 2018 and December 2022.
  • To learn more, please visit the BBC’s website.