Call for online abusers to be reported to bosses 

  • A group of cyber-security experts is urging companies to set up a way for people to report their workers behaving abusively online 
  • A number of companies have already signed up, two of Respect in Security’s founders say 
  • The initiative launched on Thursday 
  • Lisa Forte, of Red Goat Cyber Security, says she has received unsolicited explicit content from official accounts on LinkedIn and violent threats on Twitter and Instagram and these did not come from anonymous accounts
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Clubhouse is becoming an open app and is no longer invite-only 

  • A platform spokesperson said 10 million people are currently on the waitlist, and they’ll slowly be added to the app over time 
  • “The invite system has been an important part of our early history,” a blog post about the changes says. “By adding people in waves, welcoming new faces each week in our Wednesday Orientations, and talking with the community each Sunday in Town Hall, we’ve been able to grow Clubhouse in a measured way, and keep things from breaking as we’ve scaled” 
  • This change comes only a week after Clubhouse launched its Direct Messaging product, Backchannel, which the team now says saw 10 million messages sent within the first day of launch, and more than 90 million over the first week
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Minister rejects calls to abolish GCSEs 

  • The schools minister has rejected calls by senior Conservatives including Sir John Major and former education secretaries to abolish or overhaul GCSEs 
  • Nick Gibb said it would be a “huge mistake” to scrap the “tried and tested” exam qualifications 
  • Since the Conservatives were elected in 2010, ministers have pursued a “traditional” education agenda, based on “knowledge-rich” lessons and children being regularly tested with exams rather than coursework
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Thousands of people in the UK struggle to access food, new study finds 

  • The rate of hunger is 150% higher than the national average in one out of every six local authorities in the UK, a new study has found 
  • The study from the University of Sheffield and the Food Foundation found the area worst hit by food insecurity is Wycombe, Buckinghamshire with 14% of people estimated to be hungry and nearly 30% of people struggling to access food 
  • This is followed closely by Hull in Yorkshire, where 13% of people said they are going hungry and more than one in five adults struggling to access food
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