Category Archives: Child Protection&Online Safety

Real-world events trigger online hate toward unrelated groups, study finds

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Real-world events such as murders and political protests can trigger an increase in online hate speech directed against seemingly unrelated groups. The finding could help online moderators better predict when hateful content is most likely to be published, and what they should be looking out for, researchers say.

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Sweeping Children’s Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

Social media and game platforms often use recommendation algorithms, find-a-friend tools, smartphone notices and other enticements to keep people glued online. But the same techniques may pose risks to scores of children who have flocked to online services that were not specifically designed for them.

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Australia’s e-safety commissioner issues legal notices to Apple, Meta and Microsoft

Australian authorities have issued leading online platforms with legal documents ordering them to disclose how they are addressing the proliferation of child sexual exploitation material.

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The problem behind all of Twitter’s other problems: Its ill-fated foray into adult content is emblematic of an unpoliceable platform — and a broken business model

For years, Twitter’s problems were overshadowed by those of its much larger rival social network, Facebook. Not anymore: The past year has brought a parade of bad press for the blue bird, from the ouster of its CEO to an ownership battle with Elon Musk to a federal whistleblower complaint.

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Self-generated sexual abuse of children aged seven to 10 rises two-thirds: IWF

Incidents of children aged between seven and 10 being manipulated into recording abuse of themselves have surged by two-thirds over the past six months, according to a global report.

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Revealed: UK children being ensnared by ‘far-right ecosystem’ online

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An insidious “far-right ecosystem” is targeting children in an attempt to radicalise them online, with experts warning that progressively younger school pupils are becoming ensnared in extremist ideologies, a Guardian investigation has found.

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Social media companies promise to reduce harmful content in New Zealand

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Global social media companies including TikTok, Twitter and Meta have signed a “world first” code of conduct that commits them to reducing the spread of harmful content in New Zealand, but some user-advocacy groups fear the code lacks any real bite.

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