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Weekly Briefing: 16-23 November 2018

More than a third of British teens have gambled in the last year, report finds

A new report by the Gambling Commission has revealed that more than a third (39 per cent) of British teenagers have gambled in the last year and that more of them are gambling with video game items online, so-called skin gambling. The report, called ‘Young People and Gambling 2018’ also showed that the most common forms of underage gambling are slot machines, private bets with friends and National Lottery scratchcards.

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New survey shows that parents are struggling to tame their children's tech habits

Parents worry about their children’s excessive mobile use and the impact it may have on them, but struggle to tame their tech habits, a survey by cybersecurity firm Norton suggests. The results revealed that parents believed that too much time spent on screens would lead to reduced sleep quality, poor social skills and mental health issues, according to the BBC.

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Social media influencers now at greater risk of getting hacked

Influential Instagram accounts are now at a greater risk of being stolen by hackers, according to The Atlantic. This article tells the stories of several influencers who have fallen victims to phishing scams online and how it impacted their careers and commercial partnerships. It also explores how hackers are now using increasingly sophisticated methods to take over accounts and how the line between scam and legitimacy is becoming blurred.

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Square Enix pulls three games from Belgium over loot box ban

Game developer Square Enix has been forced to pull three of their mobile games from Belgium due to new legislation which bans loot boxes as a form of gambling, according to The Guardian. Belgium introduced anti-skin gambling laws in April after a regulator found that several games were breaking the country’s gambling laws by allowing users to gamble with in-game assets from loot boxes.

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Loot box spending 'creates problem gamblers'

A study by computer scientists from York St John University has found that the link between gambling and loot box spending is as strong as the link between gambling and drug use, alcohol use and mental health problems, according to the BBC.  The researchers are worried that loot box spending can lead to a rise in problem gamblers and calls for loot boxes to be reflected as a form of gambling in UK law.

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Fortnite could be facing legal action over dances

The popular online phenomenon Fortnite could be facing legal action by the rapper 2 Milly for allegedly stealing one of his dance moves and putting it in the game. This article from The Telegraph examines to what extent dance moves and choreography can be copyrighted as a lot of the Battle Royale game’s appeal comes from playing on pop-culture references.

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Tumblr removed from App Store over child pornography

The picture-sharing company Tumblr had its app removed from Apple’s App Store earlier this week after it was found that the app’s filters had failed to detect child pornography being published on the platform, according to The Verge. The iOS software clearly states in its guidelines that all apps featured on the App Store must have the proper filtering mechanism in place.

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