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Daily Safeguarding Update
WhatsApp criticised for plan to let messages disappear after 24 hours
WhatsApp is expanding its disappearing messages feature.
Previously, users could opt to delete chats by default after 7 days.
The new update will allow users to automatically delete messages after 24 hours or 90 days.
Children’s charities, namely the NSPCC, have criticised the change stating that it creates a ‘toxic cocktail of risk’ and makes detection of abuse more difficult.
Andy Burrows, head of child safety online policy states that the combination of WhatsApp’s disappearing messages and end-to-end encryption would not pass the risk assessment process in the UK Online Safety Bill.
Figures reveal vaccine lottery for children in England
Figures collated by the House of Commons Library show that children in some parts of England are three times more likely to be vaccinated than others.
The figures show that London has the lowest regional vaccination rate with only one in three children having received their first vaccine.
Elsewhere, the south-east of England is the only region where at least half of 12–15-year-olds have been vaccinated, with the vaccination rates in the north-west and Midlands sitting at 40%.
To ‘turbocharge’ the vaccination programme, Labour have called for better use of community pharmacies, walk-in clinics, and pop-up clinics to make it easier for parents to get their children vaccinated.