Girl escapes online grooming trap

Facebook to begin paying British publishers 

  • Facebook will begin paying UK news publishers for some articles with the launch of Facebook News in January
  • The feature adds a dedicated news tab to the Facebook app, and has already launched in the United States
  • Facebook said it will “pay publishers for content that is not already on the platform” and prioritise original reporting
  • It comes Hundreds of UK news outlets are already signed up to deals for the new feature, Facebook said, after years of tension between Facebook and news publishers, who have often accused it of “stealing” content
  • They include publishers such as Hearst (Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire), the Guardian Media group, regional newspaper giant JPI Media and the Midland News Association

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Belfast man pleads guilty to child sexual offences 

  • A 32-year-old man from Belfast has been jailed for six years and three months after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a child
  • The incident took place in June 2019, when Ciaran McAuley dragged the schoolboy down an alleyway
  • He then sexually assaulted and threatened him
  • McAuley appeared at Belfast Crown Court on Monday where he was deemed a “dangerous offender”
  • The court was told he had just been released from custody for similar offences when he targeted his victim
  • Judge Stephen Fowler also imposed an additional period of six years on licence, and said the extended sentence was appropriate to protect the public from further offending