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May 26, 2023

TikTok testing in-app AI Chatbot

  • TikTok has confirmed they have started live testing their own AI chatbot called ‘Tako’.
  • Tako will appear on the right-hand side of the TikTok interface.
  • Users will be able to ask Tako questions about videos using ‘natural language queries’ or discover new content by asking for recommendations.
  • If users are searching for ideas of something to watch, they could ask Tako to suggest videos of a particular topic, for example, pet videos.
  • It is at an early limited testing stage in the Philippines and it is reported by TechCrunch it will not appear on minors’ accounts.
  • For the full story, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Almost half of UK female gamers experience abuse playing online

  • A survey commissioned by Sky Broadband of 4,000 gamers found many women who take part in online gaming experience harassment.
  • The survey also found nearly half of female gamers (49%) in the UK have suffered abuse online.
  • Of those affected by abuse, 80% said that the messages were of a sexual nature.
  • It left one in 10 respondents feeling suicidal and a quarter said that such messages made them feel depressed.
  • These findings were released as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issues female gamers face.
  • For more, go to the Guardian’s website.

Call to remove ‘Of Mice and Men’ from GCSE course

  • A student from Belfast has called for the 1937 novel to be removed from the GCSE English Literature course provided by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).
  • Angel Mhande has raised concerns about racial slurs within the book.
  • The student feels that the book is not “appropriate for schools”.
  • The novel is currently one of seven books that schools in Northern Ireland and Wales can pick for pupils taking the subject and whilst only optional in England is chosen by many schools.
  • Angel’s mother agrees with her daughter and said that her daughter did not choose the subject for A-Levels as she did not want to read the book.
  • CCEA have said it welcomes the opportunity to review and refresh the literature offered to schools.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.