Twitter Spaces hosts will be able to share clips from recordings

  • Twitter is testing a new feature for Spaces (Twitter’s audio rooms) that will allow hosts to share a clip of recorded audio from Spaces on their own timeline.
  • The feature is currently available to some iOS users, due to expand to Android soon.
  • Everyone on iOS will be able to see and listen to the clips for 30 days.
  • You can read the full story on the The Verge’s website.

Facebook is developing ‘reactions’ for Reels

  • Facebook is developing reactions for Reels which will provide users with another way to interact with the short-form video content.
  • Reactions will enable users to use one of seven emoji responses to a Reels clip.
  • Currently users can only ‘Like’ or comment on a Reel.
  • You can read the full story on the Social Media Today’s website.

Mother of murdered toddler Star Hobson has sentence increased

  • The mother of Star Hobson has had her prison sentence for her role in the toddler’s death increased by four years.
  • She had been jailed at Bradford crown court in December for causing or allowing the death of her 16-month-old daughter.
  • Her initial sentence was reduced based on mitigations, including the loss of her daughter but this was considered too lenient.
  • You can read the full story on the The Guardian’s website.

Hundreds of county lines drug arrests across West Midlands

  • West Midlands Police arrested more than 200 people in relation to county lines drug dealing and seized drugs valued at more than £1.5 million.
  • West Midlands Police’s week-long initiative aimed to stop the exploitation of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
  • For more information on County Lines and Cuckooing, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on BBC’s website.

Wales introduces ban on smacking and slapping children

  • Smacking and slapping children have been outlawed in Wales in a “historic moment” for children’s rights.
  • People in Wales are being told to contact social services or police if they see a parent or carer hitting a child.
  • The law change came into effect on Monday and makes all forms of physical punishment against children, such as smacking, hitting, slapping, and shaking illegal.
  • You can read the full story on the The Guardian’s website.