Child Sex Crimes Rising in the UK

  • According to figures obtained by the NSPCC, a total of 449 sex offences were committed in the past year against babies before they reached their first birthday,.
  • UK police forces recorded 73,518 crimes, including rape, online grooming and sexual assault against children in 2019/20, similar to the previous years figure of 73,379. However, these were up by 57% from 46,738 in 2014/15.
  • More than 8,000 offences were committed against 14-year-olds, while 12,374 sex crimes were recorded against children under 10, and 449 against infants yet to turn one.
  • NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said the “crisis of child sexual abuse is not going away”, adding that “behind these figures are thousands of children and young people who have reported crimes that can have a devastating impact on their lives”.

Censorship Reignites Racist Algorithm Argument 

  • Nicholas-Williams, a model who regularly posts on Instagram and has modelled for Adidas, Boots and Dove, has been warned her account could be shut down, after sharing pictures of a fashion shoot. 
  • “Millions of pictures of very naked, skinny white women can be found on Instagram every day,” said Nicholas-Williams. “But a fat black woman celebrating her body is banned? It was shocking to me. I feel like I’m being silenced.”
  • The photographer, Alexandra Cameron accused Instagram of a disconnect between its positive statements over Black Lives Matter and the apparent unfair targeting of its black content creators.
  • Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri acknowledged the need for Instagram to look at “algorithmic bias” in June and said that he was “hearing concerns about whether we suppress black voices”.

Twitter Reportedly Aiming to Make Deal with TikTok

  • Twitter has approached TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance to express an interest in buying its US operations, according to reports.
  • Video-sharing platform TikTok has been at the centre of fierce debate in recent weeks and takeover talks after US President Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with TikTok within 45 days over security concerns.
  • Tech giant Microsoft is the front-runner to buy TikTok but now Twitter has emerged as a possible suitor. Twitter’s market capitalisation is about $29bn (£22bn), dwarfed by Microsoft’s at more than $1.6tn.
  • But it remains unclear whether Twitter can afford to buy TikTok from its Chinese owners and can complete a deal within the 45-day window, according to sources quoted in the Wall Street Journal.
  • A Twitter spokesman declined to comment on a possible deal while TikTok didn’t respond immediately when contacted by the BBC.

Facebook Removes QAnon Conspiracy Theory Group 

  • Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories.
  • QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a “deep state” network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump.
  • A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for “repeatedly posting content that violated our policies” and that the Facebook group, called ‘Official Q/Qanon’, had nearly 200,000 members.
  • Last month both Twitter and TikTok also cracked down on QAnon content. Twitter banned thousands of accounts and said it would block QAnon URLs, while TikTok deleted hashtags that signposted to QAnon videos.
  • The FBI last year issued a warning about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” and designated QAnon a potential domestic extremist threat.

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