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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

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An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents.Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside.It also lets people locate their "friends" on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live.Snap, the company behind Snapchat, stressed to the BBC that location sharing was an opt-in feature.Exact locationSnap Map was launched on Wednesday and was promoted as a "new way to explore the world".Video clips and photos that members have posted publicly can be discovered on the map, while members who have chosen to share their location can also be seen on the map by those they have added as "friends".However, members can add people they have never met to thei...
Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

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Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech.It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative's initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation.Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms."The recent terror attacks in London and Manchester - like violence anywhere - are absolutely heartbreaking," said Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg."No-one should have to live in fear of terrorism - and we all have a part to play in stopping violent extremism from spreading. "We know we have more to do - but through our platform, our partners and ou...
UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

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Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares.On-screen messages said they had "no online connectivity", making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told the BBC the issue had been resolved shortly before 09:00 BST.He added that the fault appeared to have been with the software and systems provided by Scheidt & Bachmann.A spokeswoman for the German firm was unable to provide additional information.RDG later issued a statement saying: "We're sorry that some customers were inconvenienced by a technical fault which affected one supplier's system, which meant that some train companies' ticket machines, not all, couldn't authorise car...
WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

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WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study.But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries.In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%.The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led to growing mistrust of the UK's media.It said only 43% of respondents declared that the news could be trusted - down from 50% last year - with the BBC in particular criticised for having both a pro-EU bias and failing to expose the "distortions" of the leave campaign.Private is popularThe research was carried out by the Reuters Institute For The Study of Journalism and covered 34 countries in Eur...
Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

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Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech.The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads.The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill also contains plans to push driverless car technology.It includes an extension of car insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles.There are several trials of driverless cars ongoing in the UK.Car insurance will be extended to automated vehicles "to ensure that compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily", the bill says.Lawyers have long argued that getting the legal framework right is essential if automated cars are to become popular.Peter Allchorne, a partner at law firm DAC Beachcroft, said ...