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June 28, 2023

Illegal trade in AI child sex abuse images exposed

  • The BBC has found that paedophiles are using AI technology to create and sell life-like child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
  • The images being created include the rape of babies and toddlers.
  • Some are accessing the images through paying for subscriptions to accounts on mainstream content-sharing sites like Patreon.
  • Patreon has said it had a “zero tolerance” policy about such imagery on its platform.
  • The makers of the abusive images are using AI software Stable Diffusion, initially created for use in art or graphic design.
  • The software allows the user to use words to describe the image they want created and the AI generates it based on their description.
  • UK police online child abuse investigation teams say that they are already encountering content such as this and this sort of imagery is treated the same way as a real image, so it is illegal to possess, publish or transfer in the UK.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Apple joins opposition to Online Safety Bill’s encrypted message app scanning

  • Apple has criticised powers in the Online Safety Bill that could be used to force encrypted messaging services to scan messages for child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
  • 80 organisations and tech experts have written to Technology Minister Chloe Smith to rethink on the powers.
  • Apple told the BBC that the bill should be amended to protect encryption.
  • End-to-end encryption (E2EE) stops anyone but the sender and recipient from reading any messages.
  • The Government states E2EE should only be used if they can “simultaneously prevent abhorrent child sexual abuse on their platforms”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Telegram to launch its own version of Stories

  • Telegram’s CEO announced on his channel that the platform is launching its own version of Stories, much like Instagram and Facebook.
  • Telegram’s version of the feature includes granular privacy controls, and the ability to set when the Story will expire or leave it permanently available.
  • The feature will also allow users the ability to repost channel messages to stories.
  • Stories will make Telegram profiles more informative, colourful and channels will get more exposure.
  • Telegram Stories are in the last stage of testing and will become available in early July.
  • Check out our Telegram Shareable for more information.
  • For more, please visit the Mashable website.

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Schools minister warns, anxious children are being kept off school by parents working from home

  • The schools minister, Nick Gibb, has suggested that children with anxiety are more likely to be kept off school now that increasing numbers of parents are working from home.
  • He explained that post-pandemic it is easier for parents to allow their children to stay at home but before they would have had to bring them to school.
  • This came after he was quizzed by MPs on the education committee about the rise in the number of persistently absent children.
  • Parents increasingly cite anxiety as a reason for child absences, says committee chair Robin Walker.
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