NSPCC demands tougher online safety laws

  • NSPCC claims that laws to protect young people online will be “all bark and no bite” unless tech bosses are held criminally liable.
  • The NSPCC want the government to name directors in tech firms responsible for illegal content on their platforms.
  • This would enable directors to be prosecuted over serious breaches of their duty of care to combat child abuse.
  • You can read the full story on The Telegraph’s website.

YouTube expands alerts on potentially offensive comments

  • YouTube is expanding its warnings on potentially offensive comments to desktop.
  • YouTube launched the comment warnings feature on mobile in 2020.
  • The feature detects a potentially offensive response and gives users a chance to review their comment before posting.
  • You can read the full story on Social Media Today’s website.

Snapchat turns off public ‘heatmap’ for Ukraine

  • Snapchat is temporarily disabling their ‘Heatmap’ feature for Ukraine.
  • This means that the app will no longer show public ‘snaps’ being taken in locations across Ukraine to other users.
  • This is a safety precaution which will prevent Ukrainians from being tracked but will also prevent users in other countries from seeing potential war content.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Scotland supports tougher measures on child abuse

  • A new survey shows that Scotland supports tougher measures on child abuse.
  • This includes support for making social media firms work together to prevent online grooming and prosecuting senior managers if they fail to protect children.
  • 84% of respondents think social media companies should have a legal duty to work with each to prevent online grooming across platforms.
  • You can read the full story on Press and Journal’s website.