A record amount of child sexual abuse material is recorded in 2021, YouTube is accused of being a major source of disinformation, VR Metaverse is found to place youngsters at risk and Twitch reports on its response to hate raids on its platform.
A new guide for parents on discussing sexual harassment, new proposals following review of the Online Safety Bill, tips to avoid counterfeit products online and a bank suspends advertising on Facebook and Instagram due to lack of action on scams.
Instagram responds to increasing regulatory pressure with new features to control screen time, Welsh study reveals prevalence of peer-on-peer sexual harassment, TSB warns of large losses via text scams and Ofcom issues guidance on VSP advertising.
A new tool is launched in the fight against revenge porn, NSPCC calls for emergency powers to investigate Facebook encryption plans, increased responsibility sought for online platforms selling dangerous goods and new Twitch tool to identify ban evaders.
Meta responds to concerns about detecting child abuse by delaying introduction of end-to-end encryption, warnings of shopping and lottery scams and government plans new law to protect consumers and increase security on Internet of Things.
Government funding for solutions to help prevent child abuse online, enquiry into how age ratings are determined and whether they comply with the Children’s Code and more safety features from TikTok are reported in this weeks’ newsletter.
Teachers suffer online harassment and abuse on social media, child abuse images go undetected after Facebook turns off scanning software and a new campaign is launched to address the growth in online message-based scams.
Facebook responds to concerns over privacy and consent by scrapping facial recognition, tech giants face challenges from MPs over online fraud and other online harms and online child sexual offences show a further rise.
Facebook is called out by two whistleblowers who accuse it of putting children at risk and failing to train moderators adequately and we report on Ofcom’s move to urge networks to implement measures to block foreign calls masquerading as UK numbers.