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Jewish News: Search engine ‘antisemitism’ will go unpunished by draft harms bill

Article by Lee Harpin for Jewish News - published 9 September 2021 The government’s bill to tackle antisemitic and racist hate online will fail to punish the Microsoft search engine Bing for directing users to a website pumping out vicious anti-Jewish content, a charity chief has told MPs. Danny Stone, director of the Antisemitism Policy […]

The Times: Rio Ferdinand: I had to explain racist emojis to my children

Article by Matt Lawton for the Times - published 9 September 2021 Rio Ferdinand has described the “24-7” impact of online racist abuse, revealing how he had to explain to his children the meaning of deeply offensive emojis that were sent directly to him in social-media posts. The former England and Manchester United defender, now […]

The Times: Age checks needed for children online, say MPs

Article by Steven Swinford for The Times - published 31 August 2021 Senior MPs have urged ministers to impose mandatory age checks on social media websites to stop children from being exposed to harmful material. The Tory MPs said that the government’s plans for the Online Safety Bill were too “woolly” and had to be […]

The Daily Mirror: Social media firms urged to impose age checks to prevent youngsters finding porn

Article by Pippa Crerar for the Daily Mirror - published 31 August 2021 Social media companies have been urged to voluntarily impose age checks on their sites to stop children from being exposed to harmful material. Children's Commissioner for England Rachel de Souza is meeting tech bosses this week to challenge them to help keep […]

KentOnline: Napier Barracks in Folkestone to house asylum seekers for four more years

Article written by Sam Williams for Kent Online - published 27 August 2021 Army barracks in Kent will be used to house asylum seekers for a further four years, it has been revealed. The Home Office took over the running of Napier Barracks, in Folkestone, last September as it dealt with an influx of people arriving in […]

The Sun: Social media giants accused of doing nothing to stop Plymouth killer Jake Davison’s hate-filled rants

Article by Jonathan Reilly for The Sun - published 13 August 2021 Social media giants have been accused of doing nothing to stop the hosting of Jake Davison’s hate videos before his deadly rampage. Davison had posted YouTube clips detailing his gun obsession and his hatred of women. They were finally taken down yesterday after YouTube said he […]

i Paper: Online Safety Bill must stop tech giants profiting from harm, Damian Collins warns

Article by Rhiannon Williams for The I Paper - published 29 July 2021 Social media companies must be stopped from making money through illegal and harmful content and held accountable for failing to remove it from their platforms, a top digital MP has warned. Damian Collins, former chair of House of Commons DCMS Select Committee that […]

City AM: MPs and peers launch ‘super committee’ to scrutinise online harms laws

Article by James Warrington for City AM - published 29 July 2021 A joint committee of MPs and lords has been launched today to scrutinise controversial government plans to tackle online harms. The new super committee will be tasked with seeking views on the online safety bill, which was published in draft form in May. […]

KentOnline: New Nationality and Borders Bill is backed by MPs amid concerns over asylum numbers

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 21 July 2021 More people have crossed the Channel so far this year than in the whole of 2020 after hundreds more asylum seekers arrived yesterday and more area arriving today. In response Home Secretary Priti Patel vowed yet more action, with £54 million sent to France […]

The Mirror: No10 blasts 'dangerous' Channel migrant crossings record as UK hands France £54m

Article by Ben Glaze for The Mirror - published 21 July 2021 Downing Street has attacked the “dangerous and unnecessary” surge in migrants crossing the English Channel. Charities and campaigners insist that providing safe and legal routes for migrants to come to Britain would stop them turning to people trafficking gangs who charge them thousands […]

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