An account created for the programme, which identified itself as belonging to a 14-year-old girl – reported a male adult for sending sexual messages and TikTok did not ban it
The platform eventually took action after Panorama sought an explanation
The video-sharing platform claimed its moderators did not intervene in the first instance because the child’s account had not made it clear the offending posts had been received via TikTok’s direct messaging (DM) facility
However, Panorama’s account had in fact selected and submitted each of the seven chat messages involved via the app’s own reporting tool.
“The thing with TikTok is it’s fun, and I think whenever someone is having fun they’re not recognising the dangers,” said Lorin LaFave, founder of the Breck Foundation.
For more information, check out the TikTok section of your app under the Social Media section of ‘Digital safety’
The Feeding Britain network said its members were providing food support to a new influx of middle-income families who had been plunged into crisis by Covid-related job losses and gaps in the social security system
“We now see families at food banks who before the pandemic were able to pay their bills and still be comfortable enough to put food on the table. For the first time in many years that is no longer the case,” said the charity’s national director, Andrew Forsey
Research before Covid-19 showed the vast majority of people who used food banks were destitute and penniless
Feeding Britain called on ministers to commit to keeping the £20-a-week Covid top-up for universal credit and tax credits, and to extend it to more than a million people on legacy benefits who were excluded from last April’s one-year uplift