Rape posts every half-hour found on online incel forum

  • A study from the Centre for Countering Digital Hate has warned that discussions amongst incels online are growing more violent.
  • Incels – short for Involuntary Celibate – hold misogynistic beliefs, and some have launched violent attacks.
  • According to the study, a particular forum has seen a rise in hate towards women, with posts mentioning incel groups committing mass murders rising by 59% between 2021 and 2022.
  • For more on this, visit the BBC website.

Mini-budget: Parents facing tough talks with children over bills

  • A mother has said she has had “heart-breaking” talks with her young children as the family struggle with the cost of living.
  • Unfortunately, the cost of fuel meant they could no longer take their son to his football matches.
  • The UK government will announce its plans for the economy soon – it is expected to announce tax cuts, higher levels of public borrowing and a reduction of regulations.
  • For more on this, please go to the BBC website.

TikTok pulls posts for weight loss drugs that reached children

  • Migraine and epilepsy drugs were promoted for weight loss to teenagers on the platform, as found by an investigation from the Pharmaceutical Journal.
  • TikTok has been forced to respond to harmful dieting content on its platform in the past.
  • A 2021 report by the Wall Street Journal showed how TikTok’s algorithm pushed young girls towards dieting and weight loss videos.
  • For more on this, go to the Verge website.

Fall in NI students accepted to university in 2022

  • Figures have just been published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • Just over four in 10 (40.7%) of 18-year-olds from Northern Ireland have started an undergraduate course in September, according to UCAS data.
  • Northern Irish universities can admit unlimited amounts of UK and international students, but have limited spaces for students from Northern Ireland.
  • For more on this, please go to the BBC website.