Changes to Online Safety Bill will not weaken protection for children, claims government

The Online Safety Bill, which returns to Parliament on December 5, will have its ‘legal but harmful’ section removed. Labour says this “gives a free pass to abusers” but the government insists it will not weaken protection for children. Read on to learn more about how deepfake pornography and ‘downblousing’ will become a crime under the legislation. Safety campaigners welcome the move by TikTok and Bumble to adopt a tool that tackles revenge porn content.

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Online Safety Bill’s return to Parliament welcomed by campaigners

The big news this week is that the Online Safety Bill will return to Parliament after lengthy delays. It’s considered a once-in-a-generation chance to make the internet a safer place for children, but there are concerns it could undermine our privacy and freedom of expression. In other news, safety advice for youngsters should focus less on stranger danger, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Children’s Commissioner for England has urged parents not to buy their children a smart phone. A charity has revealed a disturbing case of a 13-year-old boy exposing himself to an older woman after copying what he had seen in porn.

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TikTok Lawsuit, Discord Scam, New Powers to Tackle CSA & More

Allegation against TikTok claims children died after attempting online challenge, Discord users warned of a “name and shame” scam, Ofcom to gain powers to ensure tech firms effectively tackle child sexual abuse material and scam checking tool is launched.

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2/3 View Harmful Content, £1.3 Billion Lost to Fraud & More

Ofcom launches campaign to encourage young users to report harmful content, UK Finance find over £1.3 billion lost to frauds in 2021, Snapchat introduces subscription with new location feature and government review finds biometric laws inadequate.

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Improved Safety Controls on Instagram, and Discord & More

Meta introduces new parental controls on Instagram and Quest virtual reality headsets, Discord also improves moderation tools, young people identified as most at risk of online investment scams and new digital strategy announced by UK Govt.

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