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An internet troll who tormented the families of dead young people by posting sickening messages on Facebook tribute pages has been jailed for 14 months.Paul Hind, 38, called Olivia Burt, a Durham University student who was found dead outside a nightclub, a "sex worker" and "prostitute", an earlier hearing at…
Experts have devised an anti-grooming tool in a boost for Home Secretary Sajid Javid's drive to combat online child abuse.Engineers from some of the world's biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for two days at a "hackathon" in the US last week.Participants at the event,…
A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufacturers of internet-connected toys and online services aimed at younger users should clearly state on packaging or elsewhere if their products…
Five men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a video showing the burning of an effigy of Grenfell Tower.The Metropolitan Police said the men, who are all from south and south-east London, handed themselves in on Monday night.A Scotland Yard spokesman said they are a 19-year-old, a…
Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
Tougher laws are needed to protect victims of online and social media-based abuse, a report by the Law Commission has said. The study, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), found a "lack of coherence" in the current criminal law as it fails to keep pace…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder had his custodial term reduced to 25 years by Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.Bespectacled Falder watched the proceedings via video…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, is to challenge his 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge graduate Matthew Falder will have his case considered by three Court of Appeal judges in London on Tuesday.He admitted 137 offences, including voyeurism, encouraging child rape, and sharing images showing…
Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will allow users to hide or delete multiple comments from posts at once, and the site is testing a feature that would block offensive words from appearing in comments.…
Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
Technology firms should be more proactive in preventing images depicting child abuse from being made available online, the National Crime Agency's (NCA) lead for tackling child sexual abuse has said. Rob Jones said the acceptance that child abuse happens online and that images showing abuse are available on the internet…
Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs. Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act came into force in July last…
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