Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt is a freelance journalist based in London. He was previously a reporter at Bloomberg News.


Ofcom VSP Guidance, Unsafe Toys, Breach of Children’s Code & More

We report on new guidance for video sharing platforms to keep users safe, reports of dangerously unsafe toys sold online and widespread breaches of the Children’s Code. We also warn of a rise in number and sophistication of scam delivery messages.


Dark Web CSAM Survey, Instagram for Kids Paused & More

A survey directed to viewers of child sexual abuse material on the dark web reveals worrying statistics about the availability and impact of such material. Facebook delays its plans for an Instagram for under 13’s following leaked evidence of harm.


Vaccine Misinformation, Online Fraud, Hate in Chat Forums & More

We report this week on misinformation about Covid vaccines on TikTok, a rise in online fraud, evidence that extremists are exploiting video games and chatrooms to spread hateful messages and recent action against copyright infringers.


Instagram Harms, Roblox “Strip Clubs”, Snapchat Safety & More

Leaked research reveals Facebook’s awareness of potential harm to teens using Instagram, children’s gaming platform targeted by users who encourage sexualised behaviour, a step forward in Snapchat safety and a warning about vaccine fraud are highlighted in our newsletter this week.


Growth in Grooming, Screen Time Statistics, App Risks & More

Online grooming crimes continue to increase, lockdown led to increased screen time for children and adults, Apple App store protections for children put in doubt and we welcome the implementation of the ICO’s Children’s Code this week.


Sexual Consent by App, iOS Scans for Child Abuse Imagery & More

This week we report on the potential for sexual consent by app, the introduction of scans of iOS devices to detect child abuse images, calls for a ban on “nudifying” software and concerns about a new disappearing messages feature on WhatsApp.


Preventing a Summer of Abuse, Limiting Ads to Teens & More

IWF warning of online sexual abuse of teens, changes to protect teens from inappropriate social media advertising, more scrutiny of the Online Safety Bill and an online travel rip-off are all in our newsletter this week.

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