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January 29, 2024

Meta tool to block nude images in teens’ private messages 

  • Meta announces the launch of a new safety tool aimed at blocking children from sending and receiving nude images, including in encrypted chats.
  • The decision comes after criticism from government, police, and children’s charities regarding Meta’s encryption of Messenger chats, which they argue hinders the detection of child abuse material.
  • Meta’s new feature will use machine learning to identify nudity, however, claim this technology cannot be used to identify child abuse due to serious risk of errors.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

X blocks searches for Taylor Swift after explicit AI images of her go viral 

  • X has blocked searches for Taylor Swift after explicit AI-generated images of her went viral.
  • X released a statement stating: “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards such content,” and “Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them.”
  • In the UK, the sharing of deepfake pornography became illegal as part of the Online Safety Act in 2023.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

X plans to create a content moderation ‘headquarters’ in Austin 

  • X will hire 100 full-time employees for a new trust and safety office in Austin, focusing on child sexual exploitation.
  • The team would be the first proper trust and safety team since Elon Musk bought the platform, formerly known as Twitter.
  • The company’s business operations head reported that the team will help with ither moderation enforcement, such as forbidding hate speech.
  • For more, please visit The Verge website.

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Disposable vapes to be banned for children’s health, government says 

  • The UK government has announced plans to ban disposable vapes in efforts to combat the increasing number of young people taking up vaping.
  • Alongside the ban, measures will be introduced to prevent the marketing of vapes to children and to target underage sales.
  • Health leaders express support for the measures to create a smoke-free generation, while the vaping industry voices dismay, arguing that the ban may fuel the black market and advocating for better enforcement of existing laws.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Ofsted’s single-word judgements should be scrapped, says MPs 

  • MPs have urged Ofsted to scrap single-word judgements like “Outstanding” for schools in England.
  • The committee argued that the Department for Education and Ofsted should develop an alternative to these assessments, that better “capture the complex nature of a school’s performance.”
  • Following the death of Ruth Perry, the coroner issued a Prevention of Future Deaths reports, stating Ofsted need to make urgent changes in seven areas to protect headteachers.
  • For more, please visit the ITV News website.