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KentOnline: Napier Barracks in Folkestone to house people seeking asylum

Article by Alex Jee for KentOnline - published 15 September 2020 A military barracks is set to be used to house around 400 people seeking asylum, it has been confirmed. The decision is not being supported by the council and town's MP Damian Collins however. Rumours have been circulating concerning the potential use of Napier […]

The Daily Telegraph: Facebook's US election strategy may be too little, too late

Article by James Cook for the Daily Telegraph - published 4 September 2020 Facebook's doomsday scenario for the US presidential election is now becoming clear. Last-minute political ads spread disinformation days before the vote and then posts casting doubt on the election result go viral and spread to millions of people. Hit fast forward on […]

The Times: Facebook accused of poaching UK officials to influence policy

Article by Eleni Courea and George Greenwood for The Times - published 25 August 2020 Facebook has recruited ten former policy officials since the start of last year, heightening concerns of a close relationship between the government and technology companies. The findings reveal a systematic hiring of government insiders with knowledge of the regulatory process. […]

City AM: Facebook is a ‘major threat’ to public health, report warns

Article by James Warrington for City AM - published 19 August 2020 Facebook’s failure to halt the spread of coronavirus misinformation makes it a “major threat” to public health, a damning new report has warned. Research by activist group Avaaz found health misinformation relating to the pandemic was viewed 3.8bn times on the social media […]

Daily Express: BBC ordered to justify huge cut backs amid fears it's failing the public

Article by Bill McLoughlin for the Daily Express - published 17 August 2020 Concerns were raised over the future funding for regional news funding by Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins. The BBC announced 450 job cuts in regional TV news, current affairs, local radio and online in July. The broadcaster also announced a further […]

The Spectator: Putin’s ‘Black PR’ has arrived in Britain

Article by Andrew Foxall for the Spectator - published 14 August 2020 Christopher Steele, the author of the (in)famous Trump dossier, is right to say Britain has been ‘behind the curve’ when it comes to combating the threat posed by Russia. The UK’s political parties are being targeted by the Kremlin, he told Tory MP Damian Collins […]

The Telegraph: Fake news fears drive audiences away from social media, Ofcom finds

Article by Craig Simpson for The Telegraph - published 13 August 2020 Fears over fake news have resulted in fewer people using social media to follow current affairs compared to a year ago, according to a new report from Ofcom. The survey by the media watchdog shows public trust in the impartiality and accuracy of […]

MailOnline: MPs urge Ofcom to step in before BBC does 'irreparable' damage to its regional TV news service with plans to slash 450 jobs

Article by Katie Feehan for MailOnline - published 10 August 2020 MPs have called on the TV watchdog to look at BBC plans to cut its regional news services. The broadcaster is planning a shake-up of regional TV news and local radio in England, axing 450 jobs. The letter to Ofcom calls for a response from the […]

BBC News: Ex-spy says more must be done to stop Russian interference

Article by Gordon Corera for BBC News - published 7 August 2020 There must be an organised effort to prevent Russia from disrupting and distorting political life, former MI6 officer Christopher Steele has warned. Mr Steele was behind the so-called Trump-Russia dossier, which alleged collusion between Moscow and the US president's 2016 election campaign. In […]

The Times: Anti-vaxxers on social media could ruin chance of an effective treatment

Article by Emma Yeomans and Tom Knowles for The Times - published 1 August 2020 Social media influencers and celebrities with millions of followers are boosting anti-vaccination messages worldwide, as more people say that they will not take a coronavirus vaccine. Politicians and experts have given warning that the rapid spread of misinformation about a Covid-19 […]

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