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Business Insider: Facebook and YouTube took 7 days to remove an hour-long viral video filled with COVID-19 conspiracies

Article by Martin Coulter for Business Insider - published 19 May 2020 A video filled with misleading claims about COVID-19 was watched almost a million times on Facebook and YouTube over the last week, prompting both firms to remove the clip. The hour-long video was watched more than 500,000 times across both platforms over the […]

PR Week: The PR industry's greatest challenge could be to fight the coronavirus infodemic

Article by Drew Benvie for PR Week - published 19 May 2020 Technologies like social media and videoconferencing apps are playing a vital role in bringing us closer while we’re apart, spreading critical information globally, and rallying support for important causes in healthcare and in society as a whole. But technology is facilitating the spread […]

Stopping human trafficking

Over the last few weeks we have seen rising numbers of migrants making illegal crossings of the Channel from France and Belgium and landing on the Kent coast. Last week I met with the Immigration Minister Chris Philp to discuss what action the Home Office intends to take to stop these journeys, which not only […]

The London Economic: Make it illegal to persistently spread Covid-19 conspiracy theories

Article by Joe Mellor for The London Economic - published 18 May 2020 It should be made illegal for conspiracy theorists like David Icke to spread disinformation online, an MP has said. A number of well-known names with large social media followings have been key distributors of false information during the pandemic, research shows. The […]

KentOnline: Warning after supposed 'mass gatherings' are organised in Folkestone and Margate

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 13 May 2020 Police and a Kent MP are urging people to think of their 'personal responsibility' after a post being shared on social media invited crowds to attend a 'mass gathering' in Folkestone. The poster for the supposed event in Radnor Park and on the beach this […]

COVID-19: Stay alert. Control the virus. Save lives.

Boris Johnson has set out new guidelines for our country, as we start to look forward to the lifting of the restrictions that have been set to help us beat the coronavirus. From Wednesday this week garden centres will be able to re-open, and on Friday in Kent the Household Waste Recycling Centres will also […]

Sky News: Coronavirus: Senior media figures warn of COVID-19 'perfect storm' hitting newspapers

Article by Lucy Cotter for Sky News - published 11 May 2020 Senior media figures have warned of the coronavirus "perfect storm" hitting newspapers, saying the drop in circulation and ad revenue could lead to some outlets disappearing completely. A sector that has been struggling for a while due to readers moving online, the coronavirus lockdown - […]

COVID-19: Testing, testing, testing

Last week the Government met and exceeded its target of providing 100,000 tests per day for COVID-19. This achievement now gives us one of the best testing regimes in the world to help in our fight against the coronavirus. It is particularly important that front line staff in the NHS as well as those working […]

BBC News: Coronavirus - David Icke kicked off Facebook

Article published 1 May 2020 Facebook has taken down the official page of conspiracy theorist David Icke for publishing "health misinformation that could cause physical harm". Mr Icke has made several false claims about coronavirus, such as suggesting 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of the virus. In one video, he suggested […]

Jewish News: Rachel Riley, Damian Collins and CST urge tech giants to ‘deplatform’ David Icke

Article by Mathilde Frot for Jewish News - published 1 May 2020 Countdown star Rachel Riley, the Community Security Trust and the MP Damian Collins are among public figures throwing their weight behind an open letter urging social media companies to “deplatform” the conspiracy theorist David Icke. The former footballer and sports commentator, who previously […]

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