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Cherwell: Damian Collins - emergency legislation needed for a snap general election

Conservative MP Damian Collins has expressed concern about whether electoral rules have been sufficiently strengthened in time for a snap general election later this year. In an interview with Cherwell, Collins, who chairs the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, was asked whether current electoral rules would prevent a repeat of the 2016 scandal […]

The Times: Carney under fire for ‘secret trip’ to meet Zuckerberg

Mark Carney is facing questions over a “secret” trip to Silicon Valley for a meeting with the founder of Facebook. The governor of the Bank of England flew to San Francisco in mid-April, where he met Mark Zuckerberg. Two months later Facebook unveiled plans for libra, a cryptocurrency aimed at changing how money is moved around […]

The Telegraph: MPs back Premier League star's call for social media firms to unmask racist trolls by verifying accounts

Senior MPs have backed a Premier League star's call for social media firms to verify accounts with users' passports to stop racist online abuse. Manchester United defender Harry Maguire urged Instagram and Twitter to make users identify themselves in the same way as betting apps after his teammate Paul Pogba was subjected to a torrent […]

BBC News: Facebook letter fails to satisfy DCMS chair Damian Collins

Facebook's denials that it had given "inconsistent evidence" about the Cambridge Analytica affair have failed to convince a senior MP. The US company had been accused of contradicting itself in testimony to US and British officials. It defended itself by drawing a distinction between two incidents that had raised internal red flags about the political […]

The Telegraph: MPs to ask ECB board to outline legacy plans after Cricket World Cup triumph

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves and chief executive Tom Harrison will be quizzed by a panel of backbench MPs about how they plan to build on the success of the Cricket World Cup in Westminster on Oct 23. Chaired by Damian Collins, the digital, culture, media and sport committee has built a […]

The Guardian: Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave. EU, emails confirm

Cambridge Analytica did work for Leave.EU on the EU referendum, according to emails published by a House of Commons committee, even though the company never received payment for it. Brittany Kaiser, the former director of business development at the shuttered political consultancy, supplied the emails to the digital, culture, media and sport committee. She argued that […]

Financial News: Damian Collins MP - ‘Are Facebook’s standards good enough for us?’

If Damian Collins was ever connected to Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook, it is safe to say he has been unfriended. The MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010, who chairs the House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, concluded an 18-month investigation into disinformation and "fake news" with the publication of a damning […]

Financial News: MPs to scrutinise Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

An influential British parliamentary committee wants to probe Facebook’s controversial new cryptocurrency over fears that the social media giant’s move into the financial sector will grant it too much power. Damian Collins, chair of the House of Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, told Financial News he is concerned about the launch of Libra, and […]

TechCrunch: Facebook accused of contradicting itself on claims about platform policy violations

Prepare your best * unsurprised face *: Facebook  is being accused of contradicting itself in separate testimonies made on both sides of the Atlantic. The chair of a U.K. parliamentary committee that spent the lion’s share of last year investigating online disinformation, going on to grill multiple Facebook execs as part of an enquiry that coincided with […]

BBC News: WW1 - MPs praise impact of centenary celebrations in NI

Placing men dressed as British soldiers in Belfast to commemorate World War One carried "huge risks" that were worth taking. That was the finding of a Westminster committee report looking into lessons from centenary events. The memorial project called 'we're here because we're here' was found to be ultimately "hugely successful". The report was published by the […]

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