Instagram launches new moderator option for livestreams

  • Instagram is adding a new livestream option to allow users to assign other users as moderators.
  • The moderators will be able to report comments, remove viewers and turn off comments from specific viewers.
  • This feature aims to give creators more control and attempts to address concerns of inappropriate behaviours during livestreams.
  • You can read the full story on Social Media Today’s website.

Backlog of child sexual abuse cases rises by 70% during pandemic

  • A Freedom of Information request by the NSPCC shows that the number of outstanding child sexual abuse (CSA) cases increased by 70% last year.
  • New figures also showed that prosecutions and convictions for CSA have halved the last 4 years.
  • The NSPCC is urging the government to provide funding to tackle the backlog of CSA cases and for guidance on pre-trial therapy for witnesses and victims to be published.
  • You can read the full story on the NSPCC website.

School apologises after sexual harassment claims

  • The headmaster of a top private school has issued a “sincere and unreserved” apology following allegations of racism and harmful sexual behaviour.
  • The apology follows the publication of two independent reviews commissioned following the Everyone’s Invited and Black Lives Matter campaigns.
  • The reviews investigated harmful behaviours including sexual and sexist bullying, issues with consent and sexist and misogynistic attitudes.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC website.

Teenager admits extreme right-wing social media posts

  • A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to terrorism offences after his extreme right-wing posts on social media were reported to the police.
  • He was sentenced to a 12-month referral order for spreading a terrorist publication and possessing terrorist material.
  • The order means that he will be referred to a panel to address his offending behaviour.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC website.