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April 24, 2023

TikTok cashing in on sale of counterfeit cosmetics

  • TikTok is profiting from the sale of illegal and possibly dangerous beauty products, including counterfeit cosmetics and prescription-only creams.
  • Skin whitening lotions that have banned ingredients and strong acne creams were also openly advertised.
  • The items are being sold on TikTok’s in-app shopping feature whereby users can buy products they see promoted by influencers and brands.
  • TikTok claims to have strict rules on what can be sold on the platform but analysis has shown these rules are not being enforced effectively.
  • For more please visit the Guardian’s website.

Social media sites that fail to delete child sexual abuse can’t be prosecuted under new law

  • The Telegraph have spotted a loophole in new online safety laws whereby tech companies can escape prosecution if child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and illegal content promoting suicide is allowed to remain on their platforms.
  • Senior managers will face sentences of up to two years if they persistently breach their duty to protect children and young people from harms online.
  • This sanction will only cover content that is not illegal such as pornography and content on self-harm and eating disorders.
  • CSAM does not appear to be covered under this sanction.
  • NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless said “it is crucial the scope of this amendment is extended to include child sexual abuse in order for the Online Safety Bill to give world leading protections to children in the UK”.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Telegraph’s website.

Teachers warn new gender guidance for English schools could put children at risk

  • Teachers in England are warning that young people may be at risk of harm and homelessness if the government continues with their guidance on gender.
  • The new guidance would require schools to inform parents if their child is questioning their gender, seeks to change their name or starts wearing a different uniform.
  • Teachers would not be required to use a new name or pronoun at the pupil’s request but would have to first obtain parental consent.
  • Many teachers expressed concerns about speaking up as the debate around gender issues has become so heated.
  • Teachers are concerned that if a child does not feel safe at home they may also no longer feel safe at school if the guidance was to go ahead.
  • Many unions have suggested that the government are using gender issues to distract from the issues currently facing the education sector.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Guardian website.