Category: News Features

The Guardian: ‘Nastier than ever’ - have Covid lockdowns helped fuel online hate?

Article by Dan Milmo for the Guardian - published 19 October 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has been punctuated by outbursts of online hate that have had real-world consequences. The most alarming examples are the 6 January riot in Washington, which was spurred by rightwing groups organising online, and the racist abuse of England footballers during […]

KentOnline: Online trolls can be unmasked says Folkestone MP Damian Collins as Online Safety Bill is prepared

Article by Sam Lennon for KentOnline - published 19 October 2021 Online trolls can be tracked down even when they remain anonymous. That's the message from a politician and social media expert in the wake of the David Amess tragedy. The Government has not ruled out banning anonymity on social media to help prevent the […]

Daily Telegraph: Tory MP calls for ‘David’s Law’ to get tough on online trolls in wake of fatal attack

Article by Charles Hymas for the Daily Telegraph - published 18 October 2021 The online harms bill should be “toughened up” to combat online abuse and renamed “David’s Law” in memory of Sir David Amess, a former Conservative minister has said. Mark Francois, a former armed forces minister, said Sir David, a close friend, had become […]

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 […]

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