NSPCC demands tougher online safety laws

  • NSPCC claims that laws to protect young people online will be “all bark and no bite” unless tech bosses are held criminally liable.
  • The NSPCC want the government to name directors in tech firms responsible for illegal content on their platforms.
  • This would enable directors to be prosecuted over serious breaches of their duty of care to combat child abuse.
  • You can read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.

YouTube expands alerts on potentially offensive comments

  • YouTube is expanding its warnings on potentially offensive comments to desktop.
  • YouTube launched the comment warnings feature on mobile in 2020.
  • The feature detects a potentially offensive response and gives users a chance to review their comment before posting.
  • You can read the full story on Social Media Today’s website.

Snapchat turns off public ‘heatmap’ for Ukraine

  • Snapchat is temporarily disabling their ‘Heatmap’ feature for Ukraine.
  • This means that the app will no longer show public ‘snaps’ being taken in locations across Ukraine to other users.
  • This is a safety precaution which will prevent Ukrainians from being tracked but will also prevent users in other countries from seeing potential war content.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Sacked sexual misconduct teacher able to work as a tutor

  • A teacher dismissed from school for sexual misconduct was still able to work as a tutor.
  • Ex-Education Minister Peter Weir claims it was impossible to remove him from the official register run by the General Teacher’s Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI).
  • The Department of Education said the minister will be launching a public consultation on options for replacing the GTCNI.
  • You can read the full story on The Belfast Telegraph’s website.