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Weekly Briefing: 20-27 February 2019

Culture secretary rejects Facebook's 'co-regulation' proposal

Culture secretary Jeremy Wright has rejected Facebook spokesman Nick Clegg’s proposal for ‘co-regulation’ — which would allow social media firms to influence the development of new rules, according to The Telegraph. Wright warned that self-regulation is coming to an end for social media forms and that said that only the government would be creating new rules.

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Department for Education releases new RSE guidelines for schools

The Department for Education has released new Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) guidelines which will become compulsory in schools from September 2020. The new curriculum will put more focus on teaching children about online safety, mental and physical wellbeing, LGBT+ issues and consent. You can read Parent Zone's response to the new guidelines here.

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Internet Watch Foundation warns that social media regulation could harm sexual abuse victims

The child online sexual exploitation charity Internet Watch Foundation has warned that the potential regulation of social media could have ‘unintended consequences’ for victims of sexual abuse, according to the BBC. The web watchdog has urged the government to take a ‘balanced approach to internet regulation’ and warned that badly-planned rules could backfire.

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First Fortnite World Cup announced with a $130m prize pot

Games developer Epic Games has announced that the first Fortnite World Cup will take place in New York in July — with a prize pot of $130m (£99m), according to The Guardian. The qualifying rounds will be open to all eligible players, and the winners of the qualifying rounds will each receive $1m (£765,000).

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Ninja no longer world's most popular Twitch streamer

Read this article from the BBC about why Ninja was dethroned as the most popular Esports athlete on Twitch in early 2019 and how gamers must now stream almost every day to keep their subscriber base. The livestreamer had more than 200,000 paying subscribers at the peak of his success but is now estimated to have around 30,000 left.

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