Tinder updates its approach to handling reports of serious abuse and harassment 

  • Tinder has announced product improvements as well as training for internal teams to better support survivors of abuse and harassment.
  • These improvements include mandatory training for Tinder’s customer care team on abuse reporting pathways, how to spot reports of serious abuse and how to respond.  
  • Users will have access to a dedicated Crisis Text Line, alongside having the ability to see background information on a match, such as whether they have a history of violence. 
  • To learn more, visit Tech Crunch’s website

Instagram rolls out a new profile banner to display users’ upcoming live streams

  • Instagram is introducing a new feature dedicated to notifying others about scheduled live-streams.
  • Once this banner is active, users can subscribe to get reminded about the livestream.
  • This feature is another way Instagram are attempting to rival platforms such as TikTok, by empowering their creators to directly engage with followers.
  • Read more about this on the Tech Crunch website. 

Nearly 19,000 victims of revenge porn in four years  

  • Channel 4 News has revealed that 18,700 cases of image-based sexual abuse were reported to police forces in England and Wales between January 2018 and August 2021 
  • Analysis shows that 80% of reported victims were women and girls and almost 2,000 victims were under the age of 18 at the time the reported incident occurred.  
  • To learn more, visit the Channel 4 News website. 

Sex education in schools ‘inadequate’, says commissioner  

  • Koulla Yiasouma has told MLAs there has been a ‘systemic failure’ to address Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and that there needs to be a compulsory RSE curriculum similar to other school subjects.  
  • Ms Yiasouma also advocated for a plan to provide free period products in schools, colleges, and public buildings.  
  • This plan aims to address the stigma around periods and period poverty by educating pupils as part of a ‘mandatory sexual and reproductive health education’.  
  • To read more on this, visit the BBC NI News website.