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March 8, 2023

Scammers pose as ChatGPT in New Phishing Scam

  • Bitdefender researchers have discovered a new phishing scam whereby cybercriminals are redirecting users to a fake version of ChatGPT.
  • Scammers are tricking their victims by sending a scam email containing a link to the fake version of ChatGPT.
  • Those falling victim are then asked to invest at least €250 and to enter their bank card details, phone number, email address and ID details.
  • Some of the subject lines being used include “ChatGPT: New AI bot has everyone going crazy about it” and “New AI bot has everyone in shock from it”.
  • For more on this please visit the HackRead website.

Haters and conspiracy theorists back on Twitter

  • Research by the BBC has found hundreds of accounts that were recently banned on Twitter for spreading abuse and misinformation have been recently allowed back on the platform.
  • BBC Monitoring analysed over 1,100 previously banned Twitter accounts that were reinstated by Elon Musk.
  • They found over a third of these accounts contained problematic content with a small number of containing drawings that appear to show child sexual exploitation.
  • Nearly 190 accounts promoted hate and violence, including depictions of rape and misogynistic abuse.
  • At the time of writing, just over a dozen accounts within the BBC’s research were independently resuspended.
  • For more on this story, please visit the BBC’s website.

TikTok introduces paywalled content for videos

  • TikTok have announced ‘Series’, a new feature that enables content creators to make collections of videos available for purchase.
  • Each collection can have up to 80 videos and can be 20 minutes long.
  • Creators will be able to charge from $1 to $190.
  • Fans will be able to access these videos through direct in-video links or from the creator’s profile page.
  • The paywall monetisation model mirrors that of other video sharing platforms such as OnlyFans or Patreon, however TikTok say their community guidelines will remain the same.
  • At launch, TikTok will let creators keep most of their revenue, excluding processing and app store fees meaning creators will most likely be facing a 30% cut.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Verge website.

YouTube reverses course on swearing and monetisation policy

  • The profanity rules YouTube introduced are being relaxed.
  • The update has outlined a less restrictive policy that will allow the use of moderate to strong profanity without risking demonetisation.
  • Creators who use profanity in the first seven seconds of a video will still be eligible for advertising, with additional conditions.
  • If the profanity is classed as “moderate” the video won’t face any restrictions.
  • Strong profanity however could result in a video receiving “limited ads”.
  • Under the original rules, in both of these scenarios, the creator’s video would be completely demonetised.
  • Strong language in the background, outro or music should also not affect monetisation.
  • The new policy took effect yesterday, 7th March.
  • For more on this, please visit Engadget’s website.

Pupils missing school on Fridays as parents are at home, MPs told

  • The number of children regularly missing school in England remains higher than pre-pandemic levels.
  • England’s Children’s Commissioner told MPs there was “a huge amount” of absence on Fridays following the pandemic due to parents being at home.
  • Following an analysis of attendance data from Autumn 2021 it became evident this trend did not exist before the pandemic.
  • A survey published last year highlighted that only 13% of workers go into the office on a Friday and there has been evidence from children saying, ‘they stay at home because mum and dad are’.
  • The Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into why there has been an increase in persistent absences following the pandemic.
  • A quarter of pupils were persistently absent last term, with increases being partly driven by high levels of flu and other viruses according to the government.
  • For the fully story, please visit the BBC’s website.