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April 26, 2023

Charity firm urges child sex abuse viewers to stop and contact helpline

  • The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) has released a short film to urge offenders to call its helpline in order to stop viewing child sexual abuse materials (CSAM).
  • Last month the charity revealed that the number of people accessing the LFF Stop it Now! helpline had increased by two thirds in the last year to 270,000.
  • It has also said that roughly a quarter of people who call the helpline do so because they are concerned about another adult’s sexual behaviours involving children.
  • Their research suggested 70% of people would encourage a friend or family member to seek help if they believed they were looking at such images.
  • The new 30-second film, ‘Triggers’, was created based on insights shared by previous offenders and highlights their fear of being exposed.
  • For more please visit the Independent’s website.

Tinder’s verification process will now use AI and video selfies

  • Tinder is rolling out an AI fuelled update to its photo verification feature.
  • Users are now required to use a video selfie instead of photos to become photo verified on the app.
  • Users will soon also be able to restrict their chats to those who are photo verified only.
  • Tinder have said the changes are to make the app safer for its users.
  • The live element of a video is thought to be a stronger means of vetting that people are who they say they are in an age where users can use AI to create fake photos and personas.
  • For more please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Twitter will now show labels on tweets to reduce visibility

  • Twitter have announced that it will be adding labels to tweets that have been flagged by the platform to reduce the reach of hateful tweets.
  • The company’s aim is to provide more transparency to its process for reducing the reach of hateful tweets.
  • Twitter’s enforcement policy states that tweets with these labels will not show up in search results, recommendations or timelines and there will also be no ads placed next to posts with reduced visibility.
  • For more please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Cost of Living Crisis: More than 95 children a day received an emergency food parcel last year

  • Figures from the Trussell Trust revealed that more than 95 children a day were in need of an emergency food parcel over the past year.
  • As the cost-of-living crisis adds further pressures for families around 26,000 families are expected to use a foodbank for the first time.
  • From April 2022 to March 2023 the Trussell Trust provided 81,084 emergency food parcels.
  • This is a 141% increase from five years ago.
  • There has been an increase in the number of working people needing assistance from foodbanks and families going into debt from heating their homes and feeding their families.
  • The Trust’s long term goal is to end the need for foodbanks in Northern Ireland.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Belfast Live website.