Daily Safeguarding Update admin2021-11-08T11:02:32+00:00November 5th, 2021| YouTube star MrBeast pledged to recreate ‘Squid Game’ YouTube star, MrBeast, has pledged to recreate ‘Squid Game’ in real life if his TikTok video reaches 10 million likes. Since being posted on Monday, it has received 15 million likes. ‘Squid Game’ is a dystopian Korean drama where economically challenged individuals compete in childhood games with a deadly twist, where the losers are killed off. MrBeast is one of the most popular YouTube content creators, with over 71 million subscribers. His videos are based on recreating extreme stunts, challenges, and extravagant giveaways. Replicating Squid Game stunts could be dangerous and could drive the attention of children and young people to access inappropriate and extreme content. For more information on Squid Game, check out our blog post. Full story, here. EA says NFTs are part of the future of games industry Game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has told investors that collectible non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are “an important part of the future of our industry”. NFTs are digital tokens serving as certificates of ownership for virtual or physical assets. For example, owning the original digital image of a viral meme like a collectible. NFTs can contain smart contracts that give artists or original owners a cut of future sales. EA makes the FIFA football games which uses ‘cards’ to collect players and add them to a team and NFTs could increase ‘cards’ value over time. Young people may feel pressured to buy NFTs if they are part of games they play, similarly to lootboxes or may buy NFTs without knowing what they are. While EA claims the idea is still in early discussion stages, other gaming publishers like Ubisoft claim NFTs are “a bad idea”. PC gaming platform Steam has banned blockchain and NFTs from their platform, while Epic Games ‘welcomes the practice’. Full story, here. Climate misinformation on Facebook ‘increasing substantially’ The scale of climate misinformation on Facebook is increasing substantially. A new analysis reveals that an estimated 818,000 climate misinformation posts receive36M views each day. The report was released on Thursday by independent watchdog group, the Real Facebook Oversight Board, and environmental non-profit Stop Funding Heat. Over 195 Facebook pages and groups were analysed, and an estimated 45,000 posts were found to downplay or deny the climate crisis. The study’s release coincides with the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, and it urges governments to seriously consider the role of climate misinformation on social media. Facebook previously stated that it continues to monitor and counteract the spread of misinformation by flagging climate information and referring users to its Climate Change Science Centre. Full story, here.