Monday 5th July 2021

TikTok increased max video time 

  • TikTok is increasing the maximum length of videos on its platform from one minute, to three. 
  • In a blog post, product manager Drew Kirchhoff said the change would allow for “even richer storytelling and entertainment”. 
  • Since it launched in 2018, TikTok has limited its users to 60 seconds per video, setting it apart from competitors like YouTube. 
  • The app says that’s going to change for all its users “over the coming weeks”.
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Online offender who ‘wanted to have sex with child’ told police he was a paedophile hunter

  • A man who said he wanted to have sex with a 12-year-old girl claimed he was working as a paedophile hunter when caught by police. 
  • The offender, aged 42, believed he was chatting online with a father, who was willing to offerring sex with his daughter in exchange for £100, but was speaking with an undercover officer. 
  • The offender received a two-year suspended sentence and was ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days and observe a curfew from 7pm to 6am for six months. 
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School absences are double pre-pandemic rate – with GCSE year group missing the most study time

  • School absence rates in England this year are almost double pre-pandemic levels, with students in their GCSE year missing the most time, research has revealed.  
  • FFT Education Datalab used data collected from 2,000 secondary schools to compare absence up to the May half term in 2020-21 – excluding the period of school closures – with absence in all state secondary schools in 2018-19.  
  • Absence rates were around double the 2018-19 rates, with Year 11 pupils absent for almost 15 per cent of the time – the most of any year group. 
  • For the full story, select here.