Your regular in-app roundup of current digital safeguarding news.
Daily Safeguarding Update
Meta improving comment moderation and creator support
Meta has announced new updates to social media platform Facebook, in its attempts to make the platform safer and more supportive of creators.
There will now be an option to ‘hide’ unwanted comments on posts and an option to view all hidden comments in a single place by changing the comment filter on posts.
A feature called ‘keyword blocking’ will also be available – this will include the automatic hiding of comments with certain words, symbols and emojis.
Meta also announced that they are testing a feature called ‘Moderation Assist’, which will allow creators to select from a list of rules to automatically hide certain comments such as links, images, profanity and more.
Roblox criticized for lack of safeguards for children and young people
A YouTube channel, People Make Games, posted a video in August reporting ways that Roblox exploits its user base of children between the ages of 9 and 15.
These included a lack of oversight on the small teams that create the games and a culture on the platform against speaking out about managerial wrongdoing as it would count on the developer forums as harassment.
The platform releases limited-edition collectibles and hosts a secondary market where users can buy and sell these limited-edition items for real money.
Cashing out is difficult and can push young people towards black-market websites to sell collectable items and fall for malware, phishing scams, and hidden fees.
People Make Games has accused Roblox of pressuring them to take the report down.
Apple’s latest update introduces some controversial features
The latest iOS update brings new communication safety settings which allow children’s devices to scan images and give warnings if those images contain nudity.
The new update will no longer alert parents to nude images sent to their children and will not scan through users’ photo libraries for child sex abuse material (CSAM).
Users will be redirected to Apple’s own information when they use Siri or search functions to look for potentially unsafe material.
The update also introduces the App Privacy Report which adds an option in the settings for users to see which of their apps have viewed their location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, network activity and more.