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Kent Online: The Jeremy Kyle Show slammed in report by MPs

Details have emerged of the behind-the-scenes conduct of production staff working on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins oversaw a government inquiry into reality television. MPs saw footage which was handed over to them from a whistleblower. The inquiry was launched after one of the show's participants, Steve Dymond, died one week […]

The New Statesman: Damian Collins on electoral law, disinformation and Dominic Cummings

Last year, parliament summoned Alexander Nix to answer questions on fake news and disinformation. The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica began his appearance before the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee by reading out a pre-prepared statement. “Before I answer your questions, I’d like to make a few short clarifications.” The chair […]

Evening Express: Facebook staff demand more scrutiny of political ads

Facebook staff have called on boss Mark Zuckerberg to increase scrutiny on political advertising in order to stop the spread of misinformation on the platform. Hundreds of employees at the social network have signed an open letter urging the company to reconsider a policy which allows politicians to make claims not subject to fact-checking in […]

Bury Times: Select committee chair visits Bury as part of Shakers inquiry

BURY FC supporters and campaigners got the chance to sit down with the man at the head of the parliamentary inquiry into their crisis on Friday. Damian Collins MP, chair of the House of Commons' digital, culture, media and sport select committee quizzed EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans, the Football Association and others at a hearing […]

TechCrunch: British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads

In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook,  the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying. In the letter Damian Collins,  chair of the DCMS committee, asks the company to explain why it recently took the decision to change […]

BBC Sport: EFL 'failed to execute rules' on finance with Bury

The Football League has been accused of "failing to execute" its own rules in the demise of Bury earlier this year. EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans was called to give evidence at the start of a select committee inquiry into football governance. Damian Collins told Jevans that, in his view, the EFL had not been […]

The Telegraph: Twitter under fire for profiting from millions of UK users' data sold to advertisers

Twitter has been accused of unfairly profiteering from the personal data of up to 14.1 million people in the UK after it used their email addresses to sell targeted advertising without their knowledge. The San Francisco-based social media giant admitted on Tuesday that it allowed advertisers to benefit from email addresses and phone numbers which it […]

Prospect: Social media - a force for good or evil?

MPs are just as hooked on social media as everyone else, and that means a new and very direct channel of communication has opened up between government and governed. Is that a good thing, especially at a time when British politics has become so charged-up by Brexit? Prospect, in partnership with Vuelio, brought together a panel of […]

The Times: Clubs demand Liverpool ‘spygate’ inquiry

The Premier League is coming under pressure to launch an investigation into revelations that Liverpool paid a £1 million settlement to Manchester City over a complaint that their scouting system had been hacked. Senior figures at two top-flight clubs spoken to by The Times believe the “spygate” issue should be the subject of a review by the […]

The Guardian: Video game loot boxes should be classed as gambling, says Commons

Video game loot boxes should be regulated as gambling and children barred from purchasing them, a House of Commons committee has advised. The recommendation comes as part of the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) committee’s report on immersive and addictive technologies, published on Thursday after months of parliamentary hearings with technology and gaming companies. […]

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