MPs Demand Answers from Social Media Companies Due to Misinformation

  • MPs have asked Google, Twitter and Facebook to return to parliament to answer more questions regarding the spread of misinformation.
  • So far, only a representative from Facebook has agreed to attend. 
  • Chairman of the DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Select Committee Julian Knight said MPs had been “very disappointed” by the standard of evidence given by the three firms about coronavirus misinformation at their last meeting.

Wave of Disclosures from Children Expected after Lockdown

  • It has been predicted that teachers will feel extremely overwhelmed and helpless due to the sheer volume of disclosures expected from children when schools reopen. 
  • Ceri Stokes (Assistant Head and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Kimbolton School in Cambridgeshire) said: “many children will have experienced trauma during the lockdown”. 
  • Ms Stokes also warned that schools may struggle to prioritise wellbeing when more pupils return from 1 June, as there will be pressure to continue to achieve “high standards”.

Concern for Problem Gamblers During Lockdown

  • Searches for online casinos have hit an all-time high in the UK since the lockdown began and physical betting shops were closed. 
  • Although there has been an overall drop in gambling, The Gambling Commission said there had been an increase in some customers playing online slots, poker, casino gaming and virtual sports.
  • Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive of GamCare, said there was “a concerning context for people at risk” and that “contributing factors [to gambling problems], such as financial distress, isolation and boredom” were increasing with Covid-19.

Grandmother Ordered to Delete Photos of Granddaughter on Social Media 

  • A grandmother in the Netherlands has been ordered to delete photos of her granddaughter, after a court ruled she had no prior permission to post them online. 
  • The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • The case was brought to court after the woman refused to delete the photographs at the request of the children’s mother.
  • The ruling stated that “with Facebook, it cannot be ruled out that photos may be distributed and may end up in the hands of third parties”.

London Council Criticised for Failing to Safeguard Disabled Child

  • A Family Court judge has criticised Haringey Council and its social workers for failing to safeguard a disabled child from a convicted paedophile. 
  • The case involved two brothers, one severely disabled. Their mother had been groomed by a paedophile. Haringey council social workers failed to intervene, despite warnings, and failed to inform the boys’ estranged father.
  • Zena Brabazon, Haringey Council’s Cabinet Member for children and families, said the case was “completely unacceptable”.
  • Haringey Council was previously at the centre of two high-profile child protection scandals, involving the deaths of Victoria Climbié (2000) and Peter Connolly, known as Baby P, in 2007.

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