Tech giants must be more transparent on online harms
- An open letter from charities, online safety campaigners and academics for the Prime Minister and Culture Secretary has been signed.
- The letter asks for them to amend the Online Safety Bill to improve data sharing provisions from tech giants.
- The Online Safety Bill in its current form, leaves companies in control of what data is available.
- Campaigners are urging MPs to give more power to Ofcom, to help platforms be more easily held to account.
- You can read the full story on the Belfast Telegraph’s
Social platforms’ Buffalo shooting response called inadequate
- Campaign group Hope Not Hate has called social media platform’s response to the spread of graphic and far-right material from the attack in Buffalo “inadequate”.
- A copy of the shooting livestream was viewed more than 3 million times on an alternative website before removal and a link on Facebook was shared more than 46,000 times.
- The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) says there has been “significant efforts” from platforms to remove English-language copies of the shooter’s manifesto and footage, but “content-moderation efforts are not creating equal results” for other langu
- You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.
Mother sues TikTok after 10-year-old died from viral challenge
- The mother of a 10-year-old girl who died after taking part in the ‘Blackout Challenge’ has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against TikTok.
- A forensic analysis of the child’s phone revealed she used the TikTok app to watch Blackout Challenge videos.
- The mother accuses TikTok and its parent company ByteDance of unleashing a ‘predatory and manipulative app’ which ‘pushes exceedingly and unacceptably dangerous challenges’ in front of children.
- For guidance on responding to online challenges, check out our our article.
- You can read the full story on the Washington Post’s website.