Dating apps accused of ignoring sexual assault

  • The number of reported sexual offences linked to dating apps has doubled between 2017 and 2020.
  • Data from the National Crime Agency reveals an increase in the number of female victims of online dating-related sexual assaults aged 19 and under.
  • Sexual violence charities and campaigners are urging dating platforms to do more to protect users.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Zuckerberg reveals AI projects to power Metaverse

  • Mark Zuckerberg has revealed new artificial intelligence projects for the metaverse vision.
  • An AI feature called Builder Bot can be used to build virtual worlds easily and Meta is also planning to develop a universal speech translator to facilitate communication.
  • The metaverse is still developing, with the recent boundary feature being introduced after reports of harassment from female users on the platform ‘Horizon Worlds’.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Twitch streaming returns to the Xbox dashboard

  • Twitch has been integrated into Xbox for all users since it’s test in October.
  • Twitch on Xbox will allow users to stream and will support headsets, webcams, and microphones.
  • For more information on staying safe on Twitch, check out our safety card.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Most NI schools not moved to remote learning

  • Most NI schools have not had to revert to remote learning despite high absence rates due to COVID-19.
  • Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen, reports that the department is continuing to support schools after concerns over recent relaxation of regulations.
  • The Education Authority helpline switched to a triage system to deal with school’s inquiries on a case-by-case basis which may have added to school’s anxiety.
  • You can read the full story on The Belfast Telegraph’s website.