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May 26, 2023

TikTok testing in-app AI Chatbot

  • TikTok has confirmed they have started live testing their own AI chatbot called ‘Tako’.
  • Tako will appear on the right-hand side of the TikTok interface.
  • Users will be able to ask Tako questions about videos using ‘natural language queries’ or discover new content by asking for recommendations.
  • If users are searching for ideas of something to watch, they could ask Tako to suggest videos of a particular topic, for example, pet videos.
  • It is at an early limited testing stage in the Philippines and it is reported by TechCrunch it will not appear on minors’ accounts.
  • For the full story, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

Almost half of UK female gamers experience abuse playing online

  • A survey commissioned by Sky Broadband of 4,000 gamers found many women who take part in online gaming experience harassment.
  • The survey also found nearly half of female gamers (49%) in the UK have suffered abuse online.
  • Of those affected by abuse, 80% said that the messages were of a sexual nature.
  • It left one in 10 respondents feeling suicidal and a quarter said that such messages made them feel depressed.
  • These findings were released as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issues female gamers face.
  • For more, go to the Guardian’s website.

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Police investigating explicit Snapchat messages sent to school children

  • Police are investigating reports of a man sending explicit messages to school pupils via Snapchat.
  • Range High School in Formby have issued a warning to parents and carers after concerns were raised regarding a high number of pupils.
  • Sefton council has forwarded the alert on to parents with children at other schools in the area.
  • A police spokesperson has said that “the school and parents of the students are aware of the incident and police enquiries are ongoing.”
  • For more, please visit the Liverpool Echo website.

Newport school commended for safeguarding practices

  • Newport Girls’ High School in Wales have said they were thrilled to receive a platinum award for safeguarding from Incyte International following a recent audit.
  • The report highlighted that all staff are knowledgeable and understand their legal responsibilities around safeguarding and they receive high-quality training internally and externally.
  • The school were commended for practicing safeguarding, following policies, and providing a culture of care for pupils.
  • Headteacher Michael Scott was delighted with the award, and the recognition of some additional features their school has in place.
  • For more, please visit the Shropshire Star’s website.