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Australian Kids Are Being Coerced Into Making Online Porn

A fast-flourishing porn industry is targeting pre-teens and finding a multi-billion dollar market on the Dark Web, new research shows.Parents, we’ve got to talk.If you’re anything like me, you think you’re doing the right thing to protect your pre-teens from online creeps.But I know now, I have been getting it wrong.There’s a whole new big thing going on out there. It is targeting pre-teens. And it is finding a multi-billion dollar market on the Dark Web.Don’t take my word for it. The Internet Watch Foundation is an independent British agency supported by the European Commission. Its people spend their days trawling the web for images of child sexual abuse.Its recent research found thousan

Teen charged over online threat to North Lakes school

A TEENAGER has been charged following threats made to a North Lakes school. He was arrested and charged by police on Tuesday with one count each of using a carriage service to make a threat to cause serious harm and threatening violence. It will be alleged the boy made threats to the school and students in an online forum on Monday. He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act. Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Stream said these were serious criminal charges with significant penalties. “The Queensland Police Service will continue to assess any threats to public safety and I would urge anyone with information to contact police,” Acting Chief Superintendent Stream said.

Facebook is short-changing Australians on new privacy rights and compensation

AUSTRALIANS will become second-class online citizens in a sneaky move by Facebook designed to rob them of new privacy rights. The beleaguered social media giant, which suffered the biggest data scandal in its history this year, will be forced to deliver new privacy tools today, when European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. But Facebook will use a loophole to ensure Australians do not receive the same rights as their European counterparts, moving them from Facebook’s Irish arm to the United States, where privacy laws are more lax. The move is likely to affect 1.5 billion Facebook users, including others in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.University of Sydne

Steam store school-shooting game 'appalling'

A "school-shooting simulator" video game has been described as "appalling" by an anti-gun violence charity. According to its listing on the Steam video game store, the software lets players "slaughter as many civilians as possible" in a school environment. Charity Infer Trust called on Valve - the company behind the Steam games store - to take the title down before it goes on sale, on 6 June. Valve has not responded to the BBC's request for comment. The game has been posted on the Steam store by an independent developer previously accused of selling "asset-flipped" games. Asset-flipping is taking third-party game engines and graphics and repackaging them for sale with minimal alteration or d

Instagram star Miquela Sousa is testing the boundaries of social media authenticity

When you read the Instagram comments, scrolling past the "love this outfit" or "so beautiful", it so often comes back to the shadow. "Where is ur shadow." "Sun is shining the wrong way on your face." "Where is her shadow at though???" The truth is that in the highly posed Instagram photos of Miquela Sousa, the 19-year-old fashion-world influencer from LA with 1 million followers, she doesn't have a shadow, because to have a shadow, you have to exist. And Miquela doesn't exist. Lil Miquela, as she is known, is an unreal protagonist in a science-fiction-like narrative unfolding online. Her story is both shaking up what it means to be authentic on social media — even what it means to be real —

Key Questions in the Fight Against Cyberbullying

What is cyberbullying, anyway? Most researchers and advocates define cyberbullying as something along the lines of "a repeated (but not always), intentional act of aggression mediated through some form of electronic contact." But how do we translate an academic definition into actually understanding the kind of messages people are sending and receiving online? For example, a bully may make derogatory comments on several of someone’s Instagram photos, but other viewers may see only one of those comments and mistakenly think of it as a one-time incident that will go away, instead of a repeated offense. Or, in a different case, two people might be sharing an inside joke that may look like bul

ACCC investigating Oracle research showing Google users Android phone plan data to spy

THE ACCC is investigating accusations Google is using as much as $580 million worth of Australians’ phone plan data annually to secretly track their movements.Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.The experts, from computer and software corporation Oracle, claim Google is draining roughly one gigabyte of mobile data monthly from Android phone users’ accounts as it snoops in the background, collecting information to help advertisers. Read more here:

Dolly Everett’s parents reveal what led to their daughter’s death.

AMY Jayne Everett’s parents are still thinking about what they could have done to save their young daughter from the bullies who drove her to her death.In a heartbreaking interview with A Current Affair, devastated parents Tick and Kate revealed the hell their daughter — known as Dolly — went through, a chilling email which revealed her tormentors’ sickening actions, and the unfathomable moment they discovered her lifeless body.They say the 14-year-old, who lived on a serene and remote cattle station in the Northern Territory, was as tough as nails, but also a “happy-go-lucky, carefree crazy-haired little girl”.She was close with her sister Meg and loved life on the ranch, but Tick and Kate

From Instagram a few hours ago: Protecting Our Community from Bullying Comments

Starting today, Instagram will filter bullying comments intended to harass or upset people in the Instagram community. To be clear: we don’t tolerate bullying on Instagram. Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited bullying on our platform, and I’m proud to announce this next step in our ongoing commitment to keeping Instagram an inclusive, supportive place for all voices. Last year we announced our offensive comment filter, which automatically hides toxic and divisive comments, particularly those aimed at at-risk groups. This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person’s appearance or character, as well as threats to a person’s well-being or health. The bullying filter is

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