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Websites hosting porn in UK told to enforce age checks or face fines

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Websites hosting porn in UK told to enforce age checks or face fines

UK websites and apps that host pornography and adult material – such as OnlyFans and PocketStars – must put in place strict age-verification processes or face severe financial penalties, the communications watchdog has said.

Video-sharing platforms (VSPs) established in the UK – including TikTok, Snapchat, Vimeo and Twitch – face fines of £250,000 or 5% of applicable turnover, whichever is greater, for breaches of regulations, fresh guidance from Ofcom states.

Platforms that have under-18 users but do not specialise in pornographic material or which ban adult content under the terms of their service, such as TikTok and Snapchat, will still be expected to put measures in place to protect younger users from harmful content, such as age-estimation techniques.

Age estimation refers to methods that can estimate a person’s age, usually by algorithmic means.

Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s chief executive, said the likes of TikTok and Snapchat could not address the new rules by setting up youth-specific platforms and had to focus on their main services.

She said: “It is not, in our view, any good to introduce a youth site like a young Instagram … you have got to address the issues on the main site.”

The government has stated its intention for the VSP regime in the UK to be superseded by rules in the online safety bill undergoing pre-legislative scrutiny in parliament.

Ofcom enforces the current regulations but unlike its broadcasting work, it cannot assess individual videos.

Instead, the laws focus on the measures providers must take to protect their users – and afford companies flexibility in how they do that.

The guidance says the providers should:

Have clear, visible terms and conditions which prohibit uploading content relating to terrorism, child sexual abuse material or racism and enforce them effectively.

Implement tools that allow users to flag harmful videos easily. They should signpost how quickly they will respond, and be open about any action taken.
Restrict access to adult sites. VSPs that host pornographic material should have robust age verification in place, to protect under-18s from accessing such material.

Ofcom said it also expected VSPs to put in place registration processes and subsequent checks that are strong enough to significantly reduce the risk of child sexual abuse material being uploaded and shared on their platforms.

Dawes said: “Online videos play a huge role in our lives now, particularly for children. But many people see hateful, violent or inappropriate material while using them.

“The platforms where these videos are shared now have a legal duty to take steps to protect their users. So we’re stepping up our oversight of these tech companies, while also gearing up for the task of tackling a much wider range of online harms in the future.”

YouTube and Facebook are expected to fall under the Irish regulatory regime, which will regulate on behalf of EU member states. But those sites will come under the scope of the online safety bill, currently being scrutinised by UK MPs and peers, once it becomes law. The bill will impose a duty of care on internet companies to protect users from harmful content.

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NBS Says Price Of Kerosene Hit N1, 041 per Litre In October

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has disclosed that the average retail price of Household Kerosene (HHK) paid by consumers in October was N1, 041.05 per litre.

The NBS stated in its “National Household Kerosene Price Watch” for October 2022 that the average price was a 9.90 per cent increase over the N947.30 per litre recorded in September 2022.

“On a year-on-year basis, the average retail price per litre of the product increased by 145.87 per cent from N423.42 recorded in October 2021.”

On state profile analysis, the report showed that the highest average price per litre of kerosene in October 2022 was recorded in Cross River at N1,304.17, followed by Enugu at N1,300.00 and Lagos at N1,294.44.

Conversely, it said the lowest price was recorded in Borno at N783.33, followed by Rivers at N804.17 and Bayelsa at N805.67.

The NBS said that analysis by zone showed that the South-East recorded the highest average retail price per litre of Kerosene at N1,191.14, followed by the South-West at N1,142.60.

It said the North-East recorded the lowest average retail price per litre of kerosene at N905.18.

The report said the average retail price per gallon of kerosene paid by consumers in October 2022 was N3,516.87, indicating an 8.67 per cent increase from N3,236.27 recorded in September 2022.

”On a year-on-year basis, the average price per gallon of kerosene increased by 126.46 per cent from N1,552.96 recorded in October 2021.”

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No Plan To Introduce N5,000 Note- CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it has no plan to introduce N5,000 denominated banknote as being speculated by some sections of the society.

Ahmed Umar, the Director, Currency Operations of CBN clarified this at a three-day workshop organised by the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), for members of the Financial Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) and Business Editors.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop, which opened on Monday in Port Harcourt, has as its theme: “Building Depositors Confidence Amidst Emerging Issues and Challenges in the Banking Industry.”

Umar who spoke on the topic, “Redesign of the Naira: Benefits to the financial system and the Nigerian economy”, said the apex bank was not carrying out note restructuring.

“We are not introducing any new note because there was noise, some people have seen one N5000 note that we don’t know about,” he said.

Umar was represented by Amina Halidu-Giwa, the Head, of the Policy Development Division, Currency Operations Department of the bank.

He explained that if the apex bank wanted to carry out note restructuring, it would need to coin the lower bills, like the N100 note for example.

He also said that the apex bank had not made any provision for exchange in the redesigned note, adding that what it was printing would only replace the currencies withdrawn.

“What we are printing is going to be very limited because we want other means of settling transactions to be used.

“Because of Nigerians and cash, there seems to be a problem. And it will give us enhanced visibility and control of the currency.

“We will also be able to control the number of banknotes outside,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that videos of some bundles of new N5,000 notes with the name of the Central Bank of Nigeria clearly printed on them, circulated on WhatsApp immediately after the apex bank announced plans to redesign the N200, N500, and N1,000 notes in October.

(NAN)

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Jaiz Bank Relocates Head Office To Abuja

Jaiz Bank Plc has relocated its Head Office to its own building, Jaiz Bank House, in Garki, Abuja.

A statement by the company on Tuesday said the movement coincides with the 10th anniversary of the bank.

The bank commenced operations in 2012, with three branches in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna.

It currently has 46 branches across Nigeria.

The statement said the new Head Office would provide the bank with more visibility, enlarged space and enhanced capacity to deliver excellent service to its stakeholders.

“The management is thankful to its esteemed customers and shareholders who have continued to support the bank all along and appreciates the hardworking staff for their dedication to duty.

“In the non-interest banking space in Nigeria, Jaiz Bank controls over 62% assets, which is supported by its robust gross income of N23.74 billion as at end of September 2022 from N18.78 billion at the end of September 2021, representing “26.34% increment.”

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