Your regular in-app roundup of current digital safeguarding news.
Daily Safeguarding Update
New children’s privacy design code comes into force
The 12-month grace period given for compliance with the age-appropriate design code to protect children online expired on the 1st of September.
The code came into effect on the 2nd of September 2020, but a 12-month grace period allowed platforms to adapt their services.
This means that apps offering digital services, likely to be accessed by users under 18-years-old, are expected to comply with a set of standards intended to safeguard children and young people from being tracked and profiled.
The code highlights that a high level of privacy should be applied to settings by default if the user is suspected of being a child, including turning off geo-location and profiling.
Reddit bans anti-vaccine subreddit r/NoNewNormal after site-wide protest
Reddit has banned anti-vaccine and anti-mask subreddit r/NoNewNormal and has ‘quarantined’ 54 other subreddits associated with COVID denialism.
This follows last week’s rejection of a call to ban coronavirus misinformation in favour of “dissent”, open discussion and debate by Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman.
The subreddit r/NoNewNormal was reported by the Reddit community as a source of vaccine misinformation and was accused of interfering with other subreddit’s discussions about COVID or related policies.
For the 54 other subreddits that have been quarantined, Reddit warns potential visitors that medical advice should come from doctors rather than forum members.
Before Reddit’s ban, many of Reddit’s most popular subreddits have been going private and hiding their posts from people who aren’t subscribed to them to protest the company’s inaction.