TikTok reports 62% jump in fake profiles

  • TikTok’s latest quarterly Transparency report has been released.
  • It found that 113 million videos between April and June were taken down due to policy violations and other issues.
  • The most common reason for removal was violating policies around minor safety, accounting for just under 44% of videos taken down.
  • TikTok also reported a 62% increase of fake profiles on the previous quarter, with over 33 million fake profiles removed in the same time period.
  • Find out more about TikTok’s Transparency report on the Verge’s website and Social Media Today’s website.

Just one in five teachers confident in delivering lessons to tackle sexual harassment

  • A report from the NSPCC and teacher’s union NASUWT has found only 19% of secondary teachers surveyed said they were confident enough to advise pupils on harmful sexual behaviour and sexual harassment.
  • The report also found almost half of secondary school teachers do not feel confident to deliver these lessons.
  • A lack of suitable teaching resources and training is the key barrier highlighted, with teachers labelling current training as “inadequate” and “outdated”.
  • Find out more on the Children and Young People Now website.

Twitter faces advertiser boycott due to failures to police child abuse material

  • Twitter has been forced to inform some advertisers that their adverts had been displayed in the app alongside tweets soliciting child sex abuse material (CSAM).
  • Reuters reported that brands including the likes of Walt Disney, NBCUniversal and Coca-Cola were among the advertisers that appeared on the profiles of Twitter pages which solicit links to exploitative material.
  • In response, brands such as Dyson and Mazda have suspended their Twitter campaigns. The Ghost Data report also identified more than 500 accounts which openly shared or requested CSAM over a 20-day period – Twitter failed to remove more than 70% of these accounts.
  • Find out more on the Social Media Today’s website.

Meta to create a centralised social media profile hub

  • Meta is working on making it easier for users to switch between Facebook and Instagram accounts using a profile switching tool.
  • Those using either app will be able to hop between accounts using a ‘centralised profile hub’, called the ‘Accounts Center’.
  • Users will be able to toggle between the apps where all linked accounts will appear.
  • Find out more on the Tech Crunch website.