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online safety and digital citizenship specialist

Young People News

09 July 2021

'Tyler noticed that when he typed phrases about Black content in his Marketplace creator bio, such as “Black Lives Matter” or “Black success,” the app flagged his content as “inappropriate.” But when he typed in phrases like “white supremacy” or “white success,” he received no such warning.'

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02 July 2021

ITV has condemned death threats sent to Love Island contestant Chloe Burrows, calling them "wholly unacceptable".

On Wednesday night's show, Burrows chose to recouple with Aaron Francis, leaving Shannon Singh single.

The move resulted in Shannon departing the dating programme, causing people to send threats to Burrows online, with some encouraging her to kill herself.

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01 July 2021

More than 200 high-profile women have signed an open letter asking for concrete action to tackle abuse on social media platforms.

The letter - signed by women including former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, ex-US tennis player Billie Jean King and British actresses Thandiwe Newton and Emma Watson - has been published at the UN Generation Equality Forum.

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17 June 2021

Artificial intelligence researchers at Facebook and Michigan State University say they have developed a new piece of software that can reveal where so-called deepfakes have come from.

Deepfakes are videos that have been digitally altered in some way with AI. They’ve become increasingly realistic in recent years, making it harder for humans to determine what’s real on the internet, and indeed Facebook, and what’s not.

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12 May 2021

Social media firms will have to remove harmful content quickly or potentially face multi-billion-pound fines under new legislation.

The government's Online Safety Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech, comes with a promise of protecting debate.

It is "especially" geared at keeping children safe and says "democratically important" content should be preserved.

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