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April 24, 2023

TikTok cashing in on sale of counterfeit cosmetics

  • TikTok is profiting from the sale of illegal and possibly dangerous beauty products, including counterfeit cosmetics and prescription-only creams.
  • Skin whitening lotions that have banned ingredients and strong acne creams were also openly advertised.
  • The items are being sold on TikTok’s in-app shopping feature whereby users can buy products they see promoted by influencers and brands.
  • TikTok claims to have strict rules on what can be sold on the platform but analysis has shown these rules are not being enforced effectively.
  • For more please visit the Guardian’s website.

Social media sites that fail to delete child sexual abuse can’t be prosecuted under new law

  • The Telegraph have spotted a loophole in new online safety laws whereby tech companies can escape prosecution if child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and illegal content promoting suicide is allowed to remain on their platforms.
  • Senior managers will face sentences of up to two years if they persistently breach their duty to protect children and young people from harms online.
  • This sanction will only cover content that is not illegal such as pornography and content on self-harm and eating disorders.
  • CSAM does not appear to be covered under this sanction.
  • NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless said “it is crucial the scope of this amendment is extended to include child sexual abuse in order for the Online Safety Bill to give world leading protections to children in the UK”.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Telegraph’s website.

Co Derry schools visited Hillary Clinton an ‘exemplar’ of shared education, says expert

  • Former First Lady Hillary Clinton visited a ‘shared campus’ between two schools as part of the events which marked the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
  • Pupils from St Mary’s and Limavady High School will share a new sixth form campus as well as new centre for science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • A world leading expert on the role of education on divided societies said the work between the schools is an “exemplar” of a shared education model and he believes young people can overcome the “silos” associated with “divided school systems.”
  • Prior to Covid, approximately 60% of pupils were involved at some level in this kind of educational partnership.
  • The Professor highlighted how Limavady schools are completing the first shared education campus where the schools have joined futures together, helping to provide opportunities for dialogue and engagement.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Belfast Live website.