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Belfast Telegraph: Online Safety Bill ‘needs major changes’ to hold tech firms to account

Article by Martyn Landi for PA / Belfast Telegraph - published 13 December 2021 MPs and peers have called for “major changes” to the draft Online Safety Bill to “call time on the Wild West online”. The Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill said more offences needed to be covered, including paid-for scam […]

Folkestone & Hythe Express: £400k boost for culture in district

Article by Rhys Griffiths for the Folkestone & Hythe Express - published 24 November 2021 Further cash has been awarded to help support businesses and projects in the district's arts and culture sector which was battered by the pandemic. The entertainment and events industry was hit hard by the repeated lockdowns and government cash has […]

Kentish Express: District's fallen heroes remembered at services

Article by Rhys Griffiths for the Kentish Express - published 18 November 2021 Services of remembrance for those who gave their lives in war have been held across the district. Folkestone's Remembrance Sunday commemoration took place at the town's war memorial at the top of the Road of Remembrance. Hundreds gathered for the service - […]

Daily Telegraph: Self-harm is revered on social media, says MP’s teenage daughter

Article by Charles Hymas for the Daily Telegraph - published 31 October 2021 Self-harm is revered on social media, says an MP’s daughter whose experiences have inspired his fight to crack down on tech giants.  In an article for The Telegraph, Claudia Collins, 14, said self-harm content was still “as dominant as ever” on social […]

The Guardian: Facebook cannot moderate itself - its problems have only just begun

Article by Chris Stokel-Walker for the Guardian - published 26 October 2021 This week will be a long, difficult one for Facebook. Yesterday whistleblower Frances Haugen answered questions about its business practices before MPs in a parliamentary hearing, which comes after another whistleblower revealed further issues to American authorities about the company. Haugen’s testimony has clearly rattled Facebook, prompting […]

LBC: Facebook and Instagram 'allow bullying to follow children home', whistleblower claims

Article by Sophie Barnett for LBC - published 25 October 2021 The committee is scrutinising plans for an Online Safety Bill and is also considering new laws - to better regulate technology companies. Former data scientist at Facebook, Frances Haugen, left the business earlier this year after releasing thousands of sensitive documents about the company's practices. […]

Metro: Facebook whistleblower to appear in front of MPs today

Article by Jamie Harris for Metro - published 25 October 2021 The inner workings of Facebook are set to be laid bare by a whistleblower once again on Monday as MPs in the UK prepare to take evidence. Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen has made numerous blistering claims about the tech giant since releasing thousands of […]

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 […]

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