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March 6, 2023

Snapchat not removing enough under 13 children off app in the UK

  • Ahead of the UK’s Online Safety Bill, Ofcom asked TikTok and Snapchat how many suspected-under 13 accounts they had removed from their platforms in the past year.
  • According to this data, TikTok told Ofcom that they had blocked an average of 180,000 suspected underage accounts in UK per month.
  • Whereas in the same timeframe, Snapchat disclosed that it had removed roughly 60 accounts per month.
  • Snapchat require users to be at least 13 years old in order to protect the safety and privacy of young children online.
  • An anonymous source within Snapchat has said, “It makes no sense that Snapchat is blocking a fraction of the number of children that TikTok is.”
  • For more on this story, please visit Reuters website.

TikTok ‘acting too slow’ to tackle self-harm and eating disorder content

  • The NSPCC and the Molly Rose Foundation have urged TikTok to strengthen its content moderation policies surrounding suicide and eating disorder content.
  • Both groups have stated that TikTok had acted too slowly following research which suggests the app’s algorithm pushes self-harm and disordered eating content to teenagers.
  • The organisations wrote a letter to TikTok’s head of safety asking the app to take “meaningful action”.
  • They wanted TikTok to improve moderation of suicide and eating disorder content, offer more support to user and work with experts to develop an approach to remove content.
  • The letter also asked for the platform to regularly report on the steps they are taking to carry out these actions.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Guardian’s website.

NI human trafficking cases double, figures reveal

  • Home Office statistics revealed that nearly 550 people were potentially trafficked into Northern Ireland last year – an increase of 50% from 2021.
  • Belfast and Lisburn Women’s Aid are helping 260 women and 150 children who have potentially been trafficked into Northern Ireland.
  • Modern slavery is a complex crime involving multiple forms of exploitation.
  • Many victims are often not aware they are being trafficked or exploited and have often ‘consented’ to elements of their exploitation.
  • Many women leave their country due to war, conflict and fear of persecution, paying smugglers to help them flee but those same people often become their traffickers.
  • Traffickers operate in groups and are a highly organised trade, the movement of women is “extensively organised” with domestic and international connections.
  • For the full story, please visit the BBC’s website.