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January 22, 2024

Instagram’s new ‘nighttime nudges’ aim to reduce teens’ time on the app 

  • After 10 minutes on Reels or DMs after 10 PM, teens will see a message suggesting they close the app for better sleep, which cannot be disabled.
  • This joins existing features like “Take a Break”, “Quiet Mode” and stricter content limitations announced last week.
  • Meta faces scrutiny over child safety from regulators and lawsuits, likely influencing these new features.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

TikTok’s Next Generative AI Push Could be AI Facilitated Search In-Stream 

  • TikTok’s sister app, Douyin, is now experimenting with generative AI to enable users to search for videos and information not just on the app.
  • TikTok is already being used as a discovery engine, especially amongst younger users.
  • As well as generative AI search TikTok is also experimenting with song creating via AI which could strengthen the platform’s connection with musical trends.
  • For more, please visit the Social Media Today website.

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Greater Manchester Police failures have left paedophile ring at large for seven years, whistleblower claims 

  • A whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) claims the force’s child protection unit is failing to protect children from abuse.
  • She says she was assigned a major investigation into child sex offenders in 2022 and failures may have allowed the abuse, described as “some of the worst” professionals have encountered, to continue.
  • It comes after a report into GMP found several failures in a Rochdale grooming gang investigation over a decade ago.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.

Ofsted: Head teachers can request pause as inspections resume 

  • Ofsted inspections will resume this week after a pause to provide inspectors mental health training awareness.
  • Head teachers will be able to request a pause in inspections if headteachers require support.
  • Ofsted is considering making safeguarding a standalone judgement in its inspection framework.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.