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June 20, 2023

AI-generated child sexual abuse images “spawn new nightmare for the web”

  • Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) has seen an increase in images depicting child sexual exploitation.
  • This has led to concerns among child-safety investigators that they will undermine efforts to combat real-world abuse.
  • Thousands of AI-generated child sexual abuse images have been found on forums across the dark web.
  • On one forum of 3,000 members, around 80% responded to an internal poll stating they had used or intended to use AI tools to create child sexual abuse images.
  • The director of data science at Thorn has reported that children’s images, including content of known victims are being repurposed for this “really evil output”.
  • The images have sparked debate on whether they violate child protection laws as often they depict children who do not exist.
  • For more, please visit the Washington Post website.

WhatsApp introduces feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers

  • Following complaints from customers in India, the platform has introduced a new feature to automatically silence calls from unknown numbers.
  • This is to combat the amount of spam calls users are receiving.
  • Users can turn on this option by going to ‘Settings’, ‘Privacy’, ‘Calls’ and then selecting the ‘Silence unknown caller option’.
  • WhatsApp said that while calls from unknown numbers will be automatically silenced, they will show up in notifications and the app’s call list.
  • The platform has also added a new privacy check-up feature that will appear in the Privacy section.
  • This feature will take the user through the processes for setting up different privacy controls within the app.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

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NHS 111: Mental Health hotline launched in Wales

  • Those suffering with urgent mental health problems in Wales can now contact an NHS hotline.
  • It is a 24-hour seven-day-a-week service and can be accessed by calling 111 and selecting option two.
  • The service will be available for people of all ages.
  • It is hoped to be an alternative to attending emergency departments and calling the police.
  • The Welsh Government has said that the service gives public access to a “mental health professional” without the need for a GP referral.
  • The hotline has been rolling out gradually since November and has had more than 15,000 calls already.
  • To read more, go to the BBC’s and the NHS Wales website.