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May 24, 2023

Teen arrested over TikTok ‘prank’ video showing man walking into strangers’ home

  • The 18-year-old was arrested after a number of TikTok videos of unwanted approaches were made to members of the public on the street or on transport.
  • One of the videos shows young people entering homes without permission, including a private home in Hackney, East London.
  • One video showed a man entering a home through an open front door while the owner was cleaning outside.
  • The man sat on the sofa before the resident approached him and asked him to leave.
  • The Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent James Conway stated he has not underestimated the upset and concern caused by the videos.
  • Mr Conway also reported that he hopes the investigation and arrest, will show how seriously the police are taking this investigation.
  • For more, please visit the Independent website.

Minister attacks Meta boss over Facebook message encryption plan

  • A government minister has attacked Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg for his “extraordinary moral choice” to roll out encryption in Facebook messages.
  • Security Minister Tom Tugendhat has said that Meta was allowing child abusers to “operate with impunity”.
  • Meta have stated that they would work with law enforcement and child safety experts as it deployed the technology.
  • The government argues that it is possible to provide tech solutions that mean the contents of encrypted messages can be scanned for child sexual abuse material.
  • Many experts have argued that the only way to do this would be to install software that would scan messages before they are sent.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

NI Education: Early special educational needs support ‘almost impossible’

  • A major new review commissioned by the Department for Education and carried out by Ipsos has found that providing early support for children with special educational needs (SEN) is “almost impossible in Northern Ireland”.
  • The review followed a number of highly critical reports into the Education Authority (EA).
  • The review has also said the cost of funding SEN has increased to around £500m a year.
  • Findings highlight how the cost of providing support for SEN are “rapidly increasing and unsustainable”.
  • The review was unable to determine exactly why the level of SEN was so high and why the number of children with complex needs was also increasing.
  • It stated that the current system in place is “not perceived to be an efficient way of supporting children”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.