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February 6, 2024

Snap to lay off ‘approximately’ 10% of its staff 

  • The announcement that Snap is laying off 10% of its staff, comes a day before they report their fourth-quarter results.
  • The company is facing slowing ad revenue and is looking to cut costs.
  • This is the second round of mass redundancies from the company, which laid off about 20% of its workers in August 2022.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Fake Biden video prompts call for Meta to label posts 

  • The Oversight Board said that reviews how Meta moderates online content, stated the platform should label such content instead of removing it.
  • The board reported Meta was right not to remove a fake video of Joe Biden which circulated on its platform, as it did not violate its manipulated media policy.
  • The board called for more labelling on fake material on Facebook, particularly if it cannot be removed under a certain policy violation.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Don’t wait for Post Office-style scandal before regulating AI, ministers told 

  • The UK government has been warned against waiting for a scandal involving AI before regulating the technology.
  • The government is providing regulators £10m to help them tackle AI risks, as well as requiring them to set out their approach to the technology by the 30th April.
  • Some experts believe the government should regulate AI sooner, rather than waiting for a scandal similar to the Post Office.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

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Explicit comments on school app after apparent hack 

  • Parents at Billingham’s Northfield school received explicit comments about their children through a hack of the Class Charts app.
  • This followed an alleged data breach that saw some users wrongly granted access to details of children unconnected to their family or school.
  • Experts advise schools to prioritise data security and carefully evaluate platforms before using them.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.