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BBC News: Jeremy Kyle Show guests treated like criminal suspects, MP claims

The Jeremy Kyle Show producers treated guests like criminal suspects, the MP leading an inquiry into reality TV has claimed. The House of Commons culture select committee heard from two of the show's former guests on Wednesday. Dwayne Davison, who first appeared in 2014, told MPs he was locked in a small room and had […]

Evening Standard: Marcel Sommerville says months after Love Island were the ‘worst period' of his life

Former Love Island star Marcel Sommerville has said the aftermath of the show felt like the "worst period" of his life. The rapper was giving evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee hearing on reality television when he made the comment on Wednesday. He appeared in front of MPs alongside 2019 Islander Yewanda Biala, telling […]

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 […]

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