Meta will let Horizon creators sell virtual items

  • Horizon Worlds is Meta’s social metaverse platform for Quest VR headsets which is soon coming to mobile phones and maybe game consoles.
  • Meta is testing new features to allow creators to make money within Horizon Worlds.
  • Horizon creators will be able to sell virtual items and effects, for example, access to a VIP section, in the worlds they create for others to explore.
  • To read more about the Metaverse, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Frontline police not taught how to investigate tech companies

  • According to training documents, frontline police in the UK are not being taught what evidence they can collect from technology companies.
  • Officers are taught that they need to obtain specialist support or advice to seek evidence in cases involving social media apps or services.
  • However, the training fails to address how this can contribute to an investigation.
  • You can read the full story on Sky News’ website.

Boris Johnson’s LGBT adviser calls for commission to ‘detoxify’ trans debate

  • Boris Johnson’s LGBT adviser has said he is “dismayed” by the decision not to include transgender people in a ban on conversion therapy.
  • He called for a royal commission to “detoxify” and take the politics out of the trans debate.
  • The government has faced fierce criticism over a series of U-turns on legislation to outlaw conversion therapy.
  • Previously, the former director of legislative affairs at No.10 said that the omission of trans people would have ‘profound consequences for children struggling with gender dysphoria’.
  • You can read the full story on The National’s website.

Relationship and sex education in Northern Ireland

  • There is a widespread opinion that Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) in NI is a “failure” to the vital development of young people.
  • Currently, there is no set RSE curriculum, with schools simply being required to develop its own policy based on “school ethos”.
  • Campaigners argue that there is a correlation between poor RSE and violence against women and girls (VAWG) and mental ill-health for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • You can read the full story on the Belfast Telegraph’s website.