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Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hears

Facebook accused of leaving 'broken children' in wake of its commercial aims, abuse inquiry hearsFacebook has been accused of leaving 'broken children' as collateral damage in the wake of their commercial aims, the child sex abuse inquiry has heard. Barrister William Chapman, representing the victims of abuse at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said social media companies were not preventing paedophiles reaching children as it was “contrary to their business model” and that their apps needed to be “fundamentally redesigned”. Police also warned that tech firms were going ahead with plans to encrypt more features "in the certain knowledge" it would lead to more children being abused. The warnings came as the inquiry’s hearing into online child abuse drew to a close yesterday. Over the last fortnight IICSA has heard evidence from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google about their efforts to combat child abuse online. Giving his closing statement, Mr Chapman singled out Facebook as the “unacceptable face of social media”, citing that over half of reported grooming offences in 2017 and 2018 related to the company or its Instagram and WhatsApp apps. William Chapman giving his closing address to the inquiry He said that social networks scanned for evidence of abuse after it happened and that they now needed to change their business model to stop abusers easily contacting children. Mr Chapman said: “What they will not do, because it is contrary to their business model, is to restrict the opportunities for abuse before it takes place.” He added: “They leave behind broken children like so much collateral damage. “Money, they say, is no object but none you heard from has a dedicated budget to tackling this problem.” Among the recommendations being made to the inquiry on behalf of victims are for tech companies pay compensation to those abused via their services and that a new criminal offence be made of posing online as a child online without a reasonable excuse. Mr Chapman also accused tech companies of not giving the inquiry a “straight answer” about the scale of abuse on their sites and selectively releasing figures without context. Earlier in the hearing Microsoft failed to provide figures for how many children had been groomed on its live chat services Xbox Live and Skype and Facebook was similarly unable to say how many registered sex offenders had been caught using its services. “It is not acceptable to hide the extent of the problem on your platform in a black box out of which you prick pinholes for others to see only hints of the full horror within," said Mr Chapman. Later in the hearing, Debra Powell QC, speaking for the National Police Chiefs Council, warned that tech giants' plans to make ever more services encrypted would lead to more children being abused. Last month Facebook announced plans to add end-to-end encryption to its 1.3 billion-user Messenger service, meaning not even it will be able to see the content of messages. Ms Powell said: “Currently many technology companies are building in and offering to their users ever greater privacy protections, including end-to-end encryption, in the certain knowledge that this will make the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation more difficult. “The inevitable result must be that more children will be abused and exploited and that their ordeals will go on for longer before the perpetrators can be caught, if they are caught at all.”


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 4:26 pm

Rape and incest account for hardly any abortions. So why are they now a focus?

Rape and incest account for hardly any abortions. So why are they now a focus?Just 1% of women obtain an abortion because they became pregnant through rape, and less than 0.5% do so because of incest.


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 4:11 pm

Stunning new video shows off Apple’s leaked iPhone 11 design

Stunning new video shows off Apple’s leaked iPhone 11 designThere's no such thing as a surprise anymore in the smartphone industry. There are simply too many hands in the pie and too much hype surrounding big smartphone launches. As a result, there's no way that all the people involved with building flagship smartphones can keep things secret. It's just not going to happen. Leaks also tend to follow the same pattern time and time again. When it comes to Apple and its upcoming new iPhone models, the first details always come from plugged-in Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kui, who now works for TF International Securities. He has multiple contacts deep in Apple's supply chain, and the information he gets from them is almost always accurate. Then, a few months later, schematics for the unreleased iPhone models are stolen off of Foxconn's servers in China. Third-party accessory makers use these files to build protective cases that are ready in time for release, and graphic designers use them to mock up accurate renders of upcoming iPhone models. That's the phase we're in right now, and a recently released video gets up close and personal with Apple's new overhauled iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max design. Despite the fact that Apple's upcoming iPhone models will carry a new number in their names, they won't introduce a new design. iPhone users had been trained to expect a new iPhone design every other year, with "S" upgrades in between that introduce new marquee features alongside big performance improvements. But that's not how Apple operates anymore. Beginning in 2016 with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple now uses the same design for three consecutive years instead of two. So in 2019, we're going to get new iPhone 11 models with the same general design as the iPhone XS from last year and the iPhone X from back in 2017. As we've seen in countless leaks at this point, there are a few main design differences that we'll see when Apple announces the iPhone 11 series in September. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max will both feature a large square camera bump on the back that houses a new triple-lens camera system. The iPhone 11R, or whatever Apple ends up calling it, will sport a dual-lens rear camera that's still contained within a square camera bump. Also new is the mute switch on the side of the phone, which will now be a small round switch like the one on Apple's newest iPad tablets. A new video published recently by a YouTube channel called Techy Paradise does a good job of mocking up the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max design. For example, here's a great shot of the new rear camera array and the updated mute switch design: The video does make a couple of big mistakes, however. First, it suggests that the iPhone 11 series phones might have an in-display fingerprint reader. They definitely will not. On top of that, the video shows a black area surrounding the triple-lens camera on the silver iPhone 11 model, as you can see at the top of this post. According to information from Ming-Chi Kuo, however, the iPhone 11 series will actually have a camera array that's color-matched to the back of the phones. It'll look more like this earlier render: It's still a fantastic video despite those errors, however, and it does a great job of showing us Apple's leaked iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max design from every angle. The video is embedded below, and we definitely recommend watching it while we wait for Apple to unveil its new iPhone 11 series smartphones this coming September. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjYiW8xkXH0


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 12:21 pm

Download these 5 apps before your next trip

Download these 5 apps before your next tripThere are millions of apps available for your phone, but you can't take all of them on your next trip. So which travel apps should you pack?


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 11:30 am

McAleenan: We need to address issue of families crossing the border

McAleenan: We need to address issue of families crossing the borderActing DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan discusses the ongoing immigration crisis at the border on 'The Ingraham Angle.'


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 2:28 am

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to dam

The Latest: Runaway barges cause 'minimal' damage to damJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving across the central United States (all times local):


Source: Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines | 24 May 2019 | 1:03 am

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