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November 7, 2023

Hundreds seek council help every day in UK youth homelessness crisis

  • Research from Centrepoint shows that 135,733 young people between the age of 16 to 24 years old are seeking help due to homelessness or risk of homelessness.
  • This number has risen by 5% in 2022-23 compared with the previous year.
  • One in three young people who approached their council in England for help were not assessed and were often unable to even get through to phone lines.
  • Support workers have said this was leaving people at risk of exploitation and rough sleeping.
  • A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has said that that they are providing local authorities with more funding where it is needed most.
  • For more, please visit the Guardian’s website.

Instagram spotted developing a customisable ‘AI friend’

  • Instagram has been spotted developing an “AI friend” feature that users will be able to customise to their liking and converse with.
  • The discovery came from app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi.
  • Users would be able to chat with the AI to have their questions answered, talk through challenges, brainstorm ideas and more.
  • Instagram has declined to comment on the matter as these features may or may not be released to the public or may change in the development process.
  • The decision to develop and potentially release an AI chatbot marketed as a “friend” has its risks due to previous issues with controversial “friend” chatbots.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

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Girl, 13, ‘sexually assaulted’ during Dundee v Rangers football match where many flares were let off

  • Police are investigating reports that a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted during the match.
  • The alleged incident is reported to have taken place in the Bob Shankly stand, at Dundee’s Den Park also known as the Scot Foam Stadium.
  • The match had been delayed after the Rangers team bus was held up by traffic and then suspended after supporters let off several large flares that triggered fire alarms in the stadium.
  • Police Scotland confirmed an inquiry into the attack was under way.
  • Dundee FC said the club is fully supporting the force with its investigation.
  • For more, please visit the Sky News website.