Is TikTok doing enough to protect the kids?

TikTok School challenge It’s November so school children in the US are being encouraged to “Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school”.

In September the TikTok school challenge suggested they “Vandalize the restroom”.

These are just two of the examples that schools in the US have been dealing with following a call on TikTok to pupils. Now in the UK teachers are facing an onslaught of online abuse via TikTok too.

This programme is available on the Digital Planet Page and is available now until Tuesday 23rd November. It will also broadcast on Sunday 14th of November in Phuket on 91.5 FM and 102.5 FM and Online via the Internet radio portals.

Headteacher Sarah Raffray, who is also the Chair of the Society of Heads in the UK, is live on the show.

The fake account created at her school has been removed by TikTok as have hundreds of others, but is the social media platform doing enough to control this libellous behaviour?

Disinformation campaign in Kenya The Pandora papers revealed that Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and his family have offshore accounts containing $30m. Following the release of this information, a collaborative disinformation campaign manipulating Twitter’s algorithms was launched attempting to exonerate the President.

Odanga Madung is a Mozilla fellow and is on the programme to discuss a report he’s co-authored “How to Manipulate Twitter and Influence People: Propaganda and the Pandora Papers in Kenya”.

So far 400 accounts have been deleted, but with elections next year, this campaign could already be influencing the outcome.

AI (lack of) diversity in the workforce Research from the Digital Planet team at Tuft’s University has examined the world’s top AI hubs and ranked them in terms of diversity.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, who led the team behind the work, tells us that San Francisco has the lowest proportion of black AI talent in the US. When it comes to the proportion of women in the field, AI is much less diverse than the industry overall. 17 per cent of the AI talent pool in the 50 hotspots in the world is female as compared to 27 per cent in STEM overall.

Tel Aviv comes out on top globally for employing women in AI. We discuss how this imbalance is impacting AI development.

The Digital Planet programme is presented by Gareth Mitchell with expert commentary from Ghislaine Boddington. Studio Manager: John Boland Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

(Image: TikTok logo displayed on a smartphone. Credit: Illustration by Nikolas Joao Kokovlis/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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