Friday Five: Trump to tell ‘TRUTH’ on own social platform

1. Trump to tell ‘TRUTH’ on own social platform

Donald Trump is launching a new social media platform to “stand up to the tyranny of big tech”. The former US president — who was banned from Twitter and Facebook earlier this year after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC — says he plans to share his thoughts with the world on TRUTH Social.

2. Privacy fears over facial recognition in school

The Information Commissioner’s Office is to intervene over concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens. Nine schools in North Ayrshire began taking payments for school lunches this week by scanning the faces of their pupils, with more schools expected to follow.

3. Facebook plans to rebrand with new name

Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the problems that entails.

4. Scam texts and calls widespread in the UK

Almost 45 million people in the UK were targeted by scam text messages or phone calls over the summer, according to Ofcom. About half reported getting a scam call or text at least once a week. The elderly are more often targeted using landlines, with 61% of those over 75 receiving a scam phone call between June and August.

5. Old mobiles worth their weight in gold

Gold and precious metals are to be extracted from old phones and laptops by Britain’s coin-maker. The Royal Mint plans to introduce a world-first technology to the UK to recycle gold from electronic waste. The Mint said the technology would help to “make a genuine impact on one of the world’s greatest environmental challenges”.

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