Dating apps accused of ignoring sexual assault

  • The number of reported sexual offences linked to dating apps has doubled between 2017 and 2020.
  • Data from the National Crime Agency reveals an increase in the number of female victims of online dating-related sexual assaults aged 19 and under.
  • Sexual violence charities and campaigners are urging dating platforms to do more to protect users.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Zuckerberg reveals AI projects to power Metaverse

  • Mark Zuckerberg has revealed new artificial intelligence projects for the metaverse vision.
  • An AI feature called Builder Bot can be used to build virtual worlds easily and Meta is also planning to develop a universal speech translator to facilitate communication.
  • The metaverse is still developing, with the recent boundary feature being introduced after reports of harassment from female users on the platform ‘Horizon Worlds’.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Twitch streaming returns to the Xbox dashboard

  • Twitch has been integrated into Xbox for all users since it’s test in October.
  • Twitch on Xbox will allow users to stream and will support headsets, webcams, and microphones.
  • For more information on staying safe on Twitch, check out our safety card.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Former coach driver from Bristol shared child abuse images online

  • A former coach driver plead guilty to three charges of distributing child abuse images and three charges of possessing them.
  • He has been handed a 20-month jail sentence, suspended for 2 years alongside a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order designed to stop reoffending.
  • His computer IP address was identified when he posted a child abuse image via an internet messaging service.
  • You can read the full story on Bristol Live.

The number of Gwent children who are home-educated increases

  • New figures show that the number of children registered for home education across Gwent has risen by more than 50%.
  • As of July 2021, there are 698 children being home educated across Gwent, up from 500 in July 2020.
  • While there has been a gradual increase over the last 5 years, figures suggest the trend has accelerated following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You can read the full story on the Free Press website.