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U.K. Government threatens social media CEOs with jail 

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A new social media bill is currently being developed by legislators in in the UK, that could send the CEOs of social media sites and large digital firms to jail, if they fail to protect minors from harmful content on their platforms. 

The U.K.’s Online Safety Bill aims to prevent its social media users – especially children – from being exposed to violent and sexual content online, content including but not limited to sexual abuse and revenge porn. 

Political commentators predict the Online Safety Bill will be approved soon, and will result in digital platforms such as Meta, TikTok, Twitter and Google being liable for fines and/or other legal action if violent and sexual content is not removed from its platforms, particularly when content of this nature is already prohibited within the platform’s existing terms and conditions and community standards. 

Tech companies have pushed back on the proposed Bill stating that it will be impossible to enforce and have urged UK legislators to loosen its requirements so that it can be successfully adhered to. 

However, UK legislators have not agreed with this notion.

Instead, the Bill is expected to make it to the House of Lords this coming February and become law be the end of 2023, meaning that CEOs of social media and other digital platforms will become liable if harmful content is not removed from its platforms, possibly resulting in a prison sentence. 

Previous governments, such as the Australian Federal Government, have attempted to impose hefty fines on digital giants such as Meta, but to no avail.

It will be interesting to see whether the threat of jail time will force tech heavyweights to expedite their research, development and processes to clean up their platforms and protect children from harmful content more rapidly than has been the case thus far.  

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Viola Davis achieves coveted ‘EGOT’ honour

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Actress Viola Davis has won her first Grammy Award, for her memoir audiobook, “Finding Me”.

The 57-year-old has now become the 18th person to achieve the coveted EGOT status – which involves winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

“It has just been such a journey,” Davis said in accepting the award. “I just EGOT!”

Davis is the fourth Black person, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend and Jennifer Hudson to claim the honour.

Stars are still dazzling on the red carpet like Taylor Swift in a midnight blue gown.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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TICKER NEWS will soon land on FETCH TV

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Next-gen news streamer TICKER NEWS is about to arrive on Fetch TV, bringing Australian audiences more live news and original programs.

TICKER will be available as a live network as part of the Fetch aggregation platform’s push into Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST).

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“This is an incredible moment for the TICKER team and a great achievement. Since our launch in 2019, we’ve been focused on building a leading FAST news streaming network, and we are tremendously proud to be embraced by the team at FETCH.”

The addition to Fetch comes at an exciting time for the platform, which will soon become the new platform for Telstra TV.

Fetch TV currently has around 670,000 active subscribers, and Telstra TV has 800,000, cementing TICKER”s position as the next-generation news channel for Australians.

Accessible from the TV Guide, TICKER NEWS will be available to Fetch customers on their TV and on the Fetch Mobi App from March 1, 2023.

TICKER NEWS broadcasts globally around the clock, spearheaded by a team of award-winning journalists and international correspondents.

TICKER produces headline news and analysis with newsmakers at the top of each hour, with reports from correspondents Veronica Dudo in New York, Ryan Thompson in Paris and Adam Hancock Singapore.

In time for the launch on FETCH, TICKER NEWS will unveil a series of original programs, including Great Business Leaders and Billionaire Blowups, and a new program hosted by AFL legend Chris Judd.

Through TICKER NEWS Insights, host Mike Loder interviews global entrepreneurs and business leaders – giving them a unique platform to share their story.

TICKER CEO Ahron Young says:
“We are proud to call Australia home. Together with our distribution arrangement with Telstra TV and Flash News, TICKER has cemented its place as a fresh new voice for Australian audiences, who seek more fact-based news and less opinion.”

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Will ABBA win their first Grammy Award?

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The 65th Grammy Awards Kick off in Los Angeles shortly

 
Soon we will know if ABBA will win their first Grammy and whether Adele can continue her winning streak.

Beyoncé leads the nominations, with nine in total, followed by Kendrick Lamar with eight, and Adele following behind with seven.

This year, there are a staggering 91 categories, from Best New Age, Ambient or Chant album.

But the moment we’re all waiting for is the night’s biggest prize, Album of the Year.

Comedian Trevor Noah hosts the ceremony for the third year running, so expect some humour amongst the performances from some of music’s biggest names.

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