Monday 7th of June 2021

Covid vaccine stickers come to dating apps in UK

  • However, there will be no way of verifying whether those displaying the badge have genuinely had the vaccine.
  • Tinder, Match, Hinge, Bumble, Badoo, Plenty of Fish, OurTime and Muzmatch have all signed up to the scheme, in partnership with the UK government.
  • The idea of vaccine badges on dating apps was launched in the US in May.
  • Some of the apps are including additional incentives for those who say they are vaccinated – such as free credits or access to premium features that usually cost extra, like profile boosts, virtual rose giving and “super likes”.
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Female gamers suffer extremely high rates of online abuse

  • Research shared exclusively with The Independent, found abuse experienced in the highly male-dominated world of gaming can often move on to social media and even translate into offline stalking and harassment.
  • The study, carried out by Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), discovered some 35 per cent of women said they have been sent inappropriate content or messages from other gamers.
  • Some 28 per cent of female gamers have been sexually harassed by fellow gamers and 40 per cent verbally abused by gamers while playing online multiplayer games.
  • Almost three in 10 female gamers said they had been excluded from taking part in games due to their gender, and the majority of the 2,000 male and female gamers polled by the charity do not think enough is being done to tackle such toxic behaviour within gaming.
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Paedophile jailed after sharing ‘disgusting and horrific’ images of children

  • A man who possessed and distributed indecent images of children has been jailed for four years and four months.
  • The images were at category A, B and C, including movies of babies being raped, Bradford Crown Court heard today.
  • The offender was told by Judge Jonathan Rose: “Your behaviour is incomprehensible to any decent member of society.”
  • Allport was first arrested in May, 2017, when police officers acting on information went to his home and seized a memory stick and computers, prosecutor Ayesha Smart said.
  • Investigators found 114 category A movies and 300 category A images; 130 category B movies and 295 category B images; and 8 category C movies and 1,035 category C images.
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Vulnerable children may have been ‘detained unlawfully’ in Scotland

  • Vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation, according to Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner.
  • Investigators examined the cases of 118 children who were locked up between August 2018 and July 2019.
  • They found that a “significant number” may have been held unlawfully for at least part of their detention.
  • The Scottish government said it would work with Cosla and Social Work Scotland to make improvements.
  • The children’s commissioner called for an urgent review of practices by local authorities. 
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