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Meta, the new name for Facebook Inc., has co-developed a platform that asks people to submit their intimate photos and videos in order to prevent them from being used as ‘revenge porn’ on Facebook or Instagram.

The tool is for “adults over 18 years old who think an intimate image of them may be shared; or has already been shared, without their consent,” Meta said in a blogpost on Thursday.

 

The new platform, which Meta developed together with the UK Revenge Porn Helpline and 50 other NGOs, aims to prevent the publication of ‘revenge porn’; rather than just removing the delicate files after they’ve already appeared online.

 

Concerned users are being asked to submit photos; or videos of themselves naked or having sex to a hash-tagging database through the StopNCII.org (Stop Non-Consensual Intimate Images) website.

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The special hashtags, or “digital fingerprints,” are then assigned to those materials by the tool, and can be used to instantly detect and curb attempts to upload them online by the perpetrators.

 

Meta said that the system had been developed “with privacy and security at every step.” Only the hashtags are being shared with StopNCII.org and the tech platforms participating in the project; while the explicit images and clips never leave the user’s device and remain “securely in the possession of the owner,” it assured.

 

The new tool represents “a sea-change in the way those affected by intimate image abuse can protect themselves;” Revenge Porn Helpline manager Sophie Mortimer insisted.

 

 

But the question remains whether people will actually be willing to use it; considering Meta’s bad rap for mishandling user data.

 

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Master plan: Abuja needs to be surveyed, says surveyor-general

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From Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

Following the increasing rate of violation of the master plan of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Surveyor General of the Federation  (SGoF), Abuduganiyu Adeyemi Adebomehin, at the weekend, stated the need to survey the entire Abuja for effective monitoring.

In a statement, Head of Press and Public Relations of Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, Mr. Abu Michael, said that apart from the violation against the master plan of the country’s capital, there are other emerging inimical activities that might frustrate the developmental efforts of the government. The SGoF also noted that surveying the capital would equally help towards the even distribution of infrastructure and ensure good road network.

Speaking while playing host to the Chairman of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Abiodun Peter Alonge, who led the Chairman of the Association of Private Practising Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), Solomon Olutokun with fresh officials of the FCT chapter to the Survey House in Abuja, Adebomehin called for the engagement of qualified surveyors in every stage of a project in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for seamless improvement and durability of projects.

According to him, surveying remains an integral factor to the growth and durability of especially projects of physical development because man uses earthly materials to improve his environment for beneficial living.

“Surveying gives man the idea of his land space, location and quantity of the material resources therein to enhance effective planning, utilisation of the resources and implementation.

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“It has been acknowledged that the most developed countries of the world today are the ones that ensured surveying in their development enterprise and placed high premium on the use of geospatial data and maps for planning and implementation,” he said.

Adebomehin observed that Abuja was still in its first and second stage of development and would require requisite geospatial inputs to achieve the desirable physical infrastructural arrangements and expansion for the entire Abuja.

He appealed to the NIS, APPSN and other surveying professional bodies to work in tandem with the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF) towards providing the Federal Government the requisite geospatial data and models for the planning and implementation of projects for the proper development of the FCT and Nigeria as a whole.

Earlier, Alonge and Olutokun commended the giant strides recorded by Adebomehin within the few months he superintended over the activities of OSGoF. They commended his vision and efforts towards putting the country’s apex surveying and mapping office on world-class pedestal.

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Insecurity in schools: NSCDC sensitizes education stakeholders

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From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

To forestall the increasing spate of insecurity in schools across the country, the Benue State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has stressed the need for all security guards in all schools in the state to be duly registered and trained by licensed private guards. 

State Commandant of NSCDC, Dr. Philip Okoh stated this during a stakeholders’ meeting with key actors in the educational sector held at the state command of the Corps recently.

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Okoh, while addressing the stakeholders, said the training became necessary following reports of kidnapping and other vices linked to security guards in schools around the country and the need to prevent such occurrence in Benue.

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CBN slashes electronic transfer, ATM fees, others

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has slashed its electronic transfer, ATM and card maintenance fees.

The new charges were contained in the latest Guide to Charges by Banks and Other Financial Institutions just released by the CBN

The CBN said bank customers will now pay N10 for electronic transfers below N5,000, N25 for electronic transfer between N5,000 and N50,000, and N50 for electronic transfer above N50,000.

Previously, bank customers pay N50 charge for electronic transfers below N500,000.

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The CBN also slashed charges for cash withdrawal via Other bank’s ATM to “maximum of N35 after the third withdrawal within the same month” from “N65 after the third withdrawal within the same month”.

Also, the CBN removed Card Maintenance Fee (CAMF) on all cards linked to current accounts, among others.

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