Big Tech must deal with disinformation or face fines

  • Tech companies such as Google and Meta will have to take action on deepfakes and fake accounts or risk facing fines.
  • New EU regulation supported by the Digital Services Act will mean tech firms have to deal with these forms of disinformation on their own platforms.
  • Firms can be fined up to 6% of their global turnover if they don’t comply.
  • The EU’s strengthened code will aim to prevent profit from disinformation, fake news, and increase transparency around political advertising.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Councils flag safeguarding concerns linked to Homes for Ukraine scheme

  • More than one in 10 local authorities in England have raised safeguarding concerns over people in their area listed to sponsor a refugee under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
  • Norfolk County Council says it flagged 11 safeguarding risks to the Home Office.
  • As a whole, 36 alerts to potential safeguarding risks were made across 76 local authorities.
  • Children and Young People Now are calling for a central matching system overseen by government to be implemented for the scheme.
  • You can read the full story on the Children and Young People Now’s website.

Slough sports coach banned from schools

  • A sports coach who hugged primary school pupils and allowed a child to put bobbles in his hair has been banned from teaching.
  • The man was warned three times in seven months by managers to keep professional boundaries.
  • Concerns were raised after there were claims of him being alone in a room with female students and allowing them to look at his mobile phone.
  • The Teaching Regulation Agency has said the man showed “blatant disregard” for the trust’s processes, procedures and guidelines.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

‘Serious failings’ left children exposed to abuse in Oldham

  • An independent review has found vulnerable children were left exposed to sexual exploitation in Oldham due to ‘serious failings’ from the police and council.
  • The review found there was multiple missed opportunities to prevent abuse dating back to 2005.
  • The review suggested senior police and council officers may have ‘misled’ MPs when denying wrongdoing over the profound sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old.
  • You can read the full story on the Guardian’s website.