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Reddit faces lawsuit for failing to remove child sexual abuse material
A woman has sued Reddit for allowing an ex-boyfriend to repeatedly post sexual images of her as a 16-year-old.
The woman, identified under the pseudonym Jane Doe, argues that “Reddit knowingly benefits from lax enforcement of its content polices, including for child pornography.”
When the victim alerted Reddit moderators that sexual images of her as a child were being posted, it would take several days before content was removed, while Reddit administrators allowed the man to keep posting and create a new account when his old account was banned.
Reddit’s refusal has meant that for the past several years the victim had to spend hours looking through some of the “darkest and most disturbing subreddits”, so as to find posts and try to get them removed.
Teacher banned after taking pupils to strip club while drunk on school trip
A teacher who took pupils to a strip club while he was drunk during a school trip has been banned from teaching for three years.
The teacher taught IT and computer science at the Longridge Tower independent school in Beriwck-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, and was one of the leaders of a group in charge of nine 16 to 18-year-olds that travelled to Costa Rica on 5 July 2019.
The teacher in question, who was also head of sixth form since 2007, was due to be on the trip for at least three weeks but was sent back to the UK after just six days due to his behaviour, a Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) misconduct panel heard.
The hearing was told how he allowed pupils to drink alcohol despite them being underage, took some pupils to a strip club, and behaved aggressively, threatening to ‘kick the head in’ of one.
He admitted gross misconduct and was dismissed from the school a month later.