Facebook child abuse detection tools switched off

  • Facebook has switched off some of its child abuse detection tools in Europe in response to new rules from the EU
  • The company said it has had no choice but to do so since the new privacy directive bans automatic scanning of private messages
  • The change only applies to messaging services rather than all content uploaded to Facebook
  • However, there is no change in the UK, where measures are “consistent with applicable laws”, Facebook said
  • The problem has emerged despite warnings from child protection advocates that the new privacy rules effectively ban automated systems scanning for child sexual abuse images and other illegal content

Man who murdered British backpacker named

  • The man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane after meeting her on a dating app has also been convicted of two other violent offences against women
  • Jesse Shane Kempson, who New Zealand’s Supreme Court ruled can now be named, was convicted of murdering Ms Millane by strangling her in a hotel in Auckland after meeting her via Tinder on December 1, 2018 – the day before her 22nd birthday
  • The 28-year-old has since been convicted of further violent offences in two recent trials, including raping another woman he met on Tinder
  • He was also convicted of threatening to kill, two charges of assault with a weapon, three assaults and two counts of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection at a trial in October, court documents state.
  • Kempson was allowed to keep his name secret through the court proceedings as his defence counsel argued naming him would prevent him getting a fair trial

Some Northern Ireland Schools to move to remote learning