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22 November 2023

"I feel personal pride that no more children will be added to Omegle's body count," says the woman who successfully forced the infamous chat site to shut down.

Speaking for the first time since the platform was taken offline, "Alice" or "A.M." as she's known in court documents, tells the BBC she demanded the website's closure as part of an out-of-court settlement.

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20 November 2023

Hundreds of families are suing some of the world's biggest technology companies - who, they say, knowingly expose children to harmful products.

"I literally was trapped by addiction at age 12. And I did not get my life back for all of my teenage years."

Taylor Little's addiction was social media, an addiction that led to suicide attempts and years of depression.

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16 November 2023

Meta wants to shift the burden of monitoring social media usage among teens back to the app stores — and to parents.

Meta’s global head of Safety, Antigone Davis, argues that parents should be responsible for approving their teens’ app downloads and staked Meta’s position in supporting federal legislation that would require parental approval for app downloads for users under the age of 16.

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13 November 2023

Popular live video chat website Omegle is shutting down after 14 years following user claims of abuse.

The service, which randomly placed users in online chats with strangers, grew in popularity with children and young people during the Covid pandemic.

But the site has been mentioned in more than 50 cases against paedophiles in the last couple of years.

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08 November 2023

Shayan Sardarizadeh is a senior journalist covering disinformation, extremism and conspiracy theories for BBC Monitoring’s disinformation team as part of BBC Verify. Since Hamas attacked Israel on 7 October, he’s debunked dozens of misleading visuals on social media and published his findings on widely read threads on Twitter, now known as X.

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