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Online Safety in the News 17/03/17

Our roundup of the key Online Safety news stories from the past two weeks.

Twitter takes on trolls with tools to detect and mute abuse
The social media company will no longer wait for users to manually flag abusive content and accounts before acting.
Story from: Sky News

Five-year-old girl suffers horrific burns after becoming the latest victim of 'fire fairy' game spreading online
Russian police are investigating the social media scam, which is modelled on popular animated series 'Winx Club: School of Witches' The post - aimed at young girls - tells readers that if they turn on the gas burners on their stove and repeat 'magical words', they will become 'fire fairies'
Story from: Daily Mail

Parents warned over sinister ‘Letter X’ bullying game sweeping Snapchat
Rachaele Hambleton, author of Part-Time Working Mummy, is raising awareness of the newest method of cyber-bullying
Story from: Closer

Phishing scams are becoming ever more sophisticated
Companies are bombarded with phishing scams every day. In a recent survey of more than 500 cyber security professionals across the world, 76% reported that their organisation fell victim to a phishing attack in 2016.
Story from: The Conversation

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