Instagram will begin testing NFTs 

  • Instagram will begin testing non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the platform this week for a group of creators and collectors in the US
  • A feature with “similar functionality” was also teased as coming soon for Facebook.  
  • Creators and collections will be able to display NFTs on their feed, stories and in messages with NFT details being displayed as “digital collectibles”.  
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website. 

UK cybersecurity unit tackles record number of online scams in 2021 

  • The National Cyber Security (NCSC) has reported a reported a record crackdown on internet scams after tackling more than 2.7 million attempted frauds in 2021. 
  • The NCSC interrupted scams including fake celebrity endorsements and extortion emails.  
  • The agency highlights that the increase in detection reflected aggressive targeting rather than an increase in scams. 
  • You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.  

TikTok rolls out new ‘Friends’ tab replacing current ‘Discover’ tab 

  • TikTok is rolling out a new ‘Friends’ tab at the bottom menu of the app, replacing the current ‘Discover’ tab. 
  • The ‘Friends’ tab will roll out to more users in the coming weeks and allow them to find content from users they’ve connected with.  
  • If users don’t have friends on TikTok, they will be prompted to connect friends using contacts or through Facebook. 
  • The page will also suggest accounts that a user may know. 
  • You can read the full story on Tech Crunch’s website. 

Education Authority chief urges teaching union to call off industrial action 

  • The head of the Education Authority (EA) has called on teaching union NASUWT to abandon its industrial action. 
  • Sara Long maintains that “this action will not resolve issues and instead will bring further disruption to the operation of our schools” which are focusing on recovering after the pandemic. 
  • The industrial action began yesterday due to continue indefinitely. 
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.