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Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 09:11:01 GMT2017-05-24T09:11:01Z

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied program's end unrelated to Anzac Day post, ABC says

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:05:23 GMT2017-05-24T08:05:23Z

News of program’s end comes hours before ABC to appear at Senate estimates where Facebook post likely to be raised

The ABC has confirmed that a program hosted by Yassmin Abdel-Magied will end in June but has denied Australia Wide was targeted because of the controversy over her Anzac Day comments.

Since 2016 the part-time presenter has fronted a low-profile weekly show on the 24-hour news channel that showcases ABC’s reporters’ stories from around the country. She does not report but introduces the taped stories.

Related: The Yassmin Abdel-Magied bash-a-thon is all part of the Anzac Day ritual | Richard Ackland

by stunning coincidence, the ABC drops this right before they're due to face abetz in #estimates. craven and wrong:

Related: Australia needs more feisty outspoken people like Yassmin Abdel-Magied | David Stephens

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Ayshah Tull: Guardian visit made me realise I wanted to do journalism

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:24:57 GMT2017-05-24T07:24:57Z

To celebrate the Education Centre’s 15th anniversary, Grace Holliday meets Ayshah Tull, whose visit to the Guardian at the age of 15 set her on the path to BBC Newsround

One of Ayshah Tull’s earliest memories is learning a play for an English class – all of it. Later, her teacher watched as she mouthed along with her classmates.

“Every single word. Looking back, my habit of narrating and miming was really helpful. I’m just really good at talking!”

Related: Guardian Education Centre 15th anniversary: 15 things you may not know about us

Related: Guardian Education Centre: secondary school workshops

Related: Journalism and work experience opportunities for young people

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Fox drops Seth Rich murder story as Sean Hannity attacks 'liberal fascism'

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:27:32 GMT2017-05-24T03:27:32Z

Fox says report that DNC staffer had been in contact with WikiLeaks prior to his fatal shooting was not given a ‘high degree of editorial scrutiny’

Fox News has retracted a story on the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, which was roundly condemned for perpetuating conspiracy theories, while host Sean Hannity said he would cease further discussion of the subject on his show in the network’s evening lineup.

Related: Trump scandals create a hurdle for his rightwing media defenders

Related: Roger Ailes' greatest legacy at Fox News? Donald Trump

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How the British press reacted to the Manchester bombing

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:01:44 GMT2017-05-24T00:01:44Z

Monday’s atrocity, which led to at least 22 deaths, has dominated the front pages. Here is a roundup of how the nationals covered the fallout

The front pages of Wednesday’s British newspapers have been released and it is no surprise that each is dominated by coverage of Monday night’s terror attack in Manchester.

Some, including the Guardian, the Times, the Sun and the Daily Express, each juxtapose coverage of the victims with their killer, to differing extents.

The Guardian front page, Wednesday 24.05.17: Young lives stolen by terror

Tomorrow's front page: Libya terror link | Britain's threat level raised to critical #tomorrowspaperstoday

Tomorrow's front page: Suicide bomber was trained in terror by IS warlords

EXPRESS: Evil beyond belief #tomorrowspaperstoday

Tomorrow's first edition

THE I: The girls who will never go home #tomorrowspaperstoday

Tomorrow's front page: Killed by evil#tomorrowspaperstoday

METRO: Now they kill our little girls #tomorrowspaperstoday

THE NATIONAL: We ❤️ Manchester #tomorrowspaperstoday

Wednesday's @Telegraph front page #tomorrowspaperstoday

DAILY MAIL: Soldiers on The Streets #tomorrowspaperstoday

THE SCOTSMAN: Threat level raised to highest as troops called in after attack #tomorrowspaperstoday

Just published: front page of the Financial Times UK edition for May 24

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FCC will let him be: no action against Stephen Colbert after Trump joke

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:21:08 GMT2017-05-23T21:21:08Z

The Federal Communications Commission said there was ‘nothing actionable’ about the late-night host’s sexual joke about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed it will not take any action against Stephen Colbert after several complaints were filed after he made a joke about Donald Trump on his late-night comedy show earlier this month.

Related: Stephen Colbert to be investigated by FCC after 'offensive' Trump joke

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Katie Hopkins reported to police after 'final solution' Manchester attack tweet

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:54:58 GMT2017-05-23T17:54:58Z

Complaints made to Metropolitan police amid widespread condemnation following newspaper columnist’s now-deleted tweet

Related: The rule of law applies to everyone. Even Manchester hate peddlers like Katie Hopkins | Hugh Muir

The newspaper columnist Katie Hopkins became the subject of a police review after the Manchester bombing on Monday, as questions were raised about the limits the press can go to when reporting the fallout from terrorist attacks.

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Press regulation in the age of fake news | Letters

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:45:34 GMT2017-05-23T17:45:34Z

It was always naïve to think that state-sanctioned regulation can improve journalism, writes professor of journalism Tim Luckhurst

I am grateful to Paul Chadwick (Open door, 15 May) for his defence of professional journalism in the age of fake news. He describes succinctly the symbiotic relationship between fact-based institutional journalism and representative democracy. In the prosperous democracies of Europe and North America, we are already struggling to maintain the health of our political systems in the face of fake news disseminated deliberately online. A new breed of politician is eager to exploit the impact of technological change on the news organisations upon which we have long relied to speak truth to power.

However, your readers’ editor overlooks an additional threat to professional journalism’s ability to serve democracy. This stems from the argument that state-sanctioned regulation, as proposed by the Leveson inquiry and promoted by organisations including Hacked Off and Impress, can improve journalism. This was always naive. To continue to promote it in an era when some politicians prove daily their enthusiasm for fakery and their hostility to a shared agenda of verifiable facts, is monstrously foolish. Press freedom, entirely untrammelled by external regulation, is now more vital than ever.
Professor Tim Luckhurst
Professor of journalism, University of Kent

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Why BTS are the K-pop kings of social media

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:57:00 GMT2017-05-23T16:57:00Z

With 14 million followers across Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, it’s no wonder the South Korean seven-piece beat Justin Bieber to a Billboard music award

In an age when the charts have become an algorithmic spaghetti of streaming plays, radio and downloads, the purest way of measuring who is up and who is down in pop might be the Billboard Social 50, a sub-chart that measures reach across social networks.

At last Sunday’s Billboard music awards, its output was reflected in the category of top social artist. This included four of global pop’s usual suspects: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. The winner, though, was none of the above. Instead, it was the group who have topped the Social 50 for 31 weeks in the past year: BTS.

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The rule of law applies to everyone. Even Manchester hate peddlers like Katie Hopkins | Hugh Muir

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:16:40 GMT2017-05-23T15:16:40Z

Politicians have responded to the atrocity with the usual words. But if we really want unity, our laws of incitement should be applied thoroughly

Now we have seen enough horror and atrocity to recognise what comes after: the bewilderment, the shock and anguish – and then, in the cold light of day, the attempt to make sense of the senseless by way of context and community leadership.

By this morning, Manchester’s leaders and community figures were seeking to react, grasping for the right pitch and tone. Andy Burnham, the newly elected mayor of Greater Manchester, spoke well – as did local commentator Mohammed Shafiq, mindful of the need for a Muslim voice to be heard in condemnation.

Even if Hopkins knows nothing of Nazism - which I doubt - her "final solution" can only mean ethnic cleansing

We need a State of Emergency as France has. We need internment of thousands of terror suspects now to protect our children. #Manchester

Related: Manchester is suffering now – but its spirit will overcome this atrocity | Owen Jones

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Theresa May must do more than just say she’s not Jeremy Corbyn | Gaby Hinsliff

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:05:13 GMT2017-05-23T12:05:13Z

May has risen to become prime minister without facing a public vote. Her Andrew Neil interview, hot on a manifesto U-turn, shows it’s time she spelled out who she is

Once upon a time, there was an unelected prime minister who rose into the job at least partly through sheer force of personality. This leader faced no real contest, because there frankly didn’t seem much point; there was only one obvious grownup in the room, whose record seemed to speak for itself. It was only after several months that people began to ask just how much they had taken on trust, and whether they had confused great moral certainty for something more.

But enough about Gordon Brown. Last night it was Theresa May getting the once-over from the BBC’s Andrew Neil, fast emerging as the interviewer no underprepared politician wants to meet down a dark alley. It did not go tremendously well.

Related: Maybot policy reboot ends in an embarrassing interview meltdown | John Crace

Related: Theresa May's responses to Andrew Neil's five toughest questions

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Amazon steps up battle with Netflix and Sky by adding new UK channels

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:02:57 GMT2017-05-23T06:02:57Z

ITV and Eurosport to be on offer for the first time at extra cost, along with Discovery and reality TV channel Hayu

Amazon is to add more than 40 TV channels to its UK streaming service, including ITV and live sport for the first time, upping the stakes against rival Netflix and pay-TV operators such as Sky.

Amazon will offer the channels at an extra cost to Amazon Prime members, who pay £79 a year or £7.99 a month for on-demand video including exclusive shows such as American Gods, The Grand Tour and Man in the High Castle.

Related: Amazon moves into UK live music starting with Blondie London gig

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'Terror at the Arena': how the papers reacted to Manchester attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:53:23 GMT2017-05-23T04:53:23Z

News of the late-breaking deadly attack in Manchester made it on to the front pages of several newspapers’ final editions

British newspapers have scrambled to update their final editions with news of the Manchester Arena attack, which broke late on Monday night.

Not all of them managed to get their late editions onto Twitter, but those that did all splashed on the terror in Manchester.

One of Manchester's saddest days. We are heartbroken.

Daily Mirror front page late edition: 19 dead in pop concert 'suicide bomb'

The Guardian front page, Tuesday 23.05.17 – Murder in Manchester: at least 19 die in arena attack

This morning's final edition Telegraph front

Good morning from The Scottish Sun. Here's a look at today's front page: #scotpapers

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Netflix viewers like comedy for breakfast and drama at lunch

Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:42 GMT2017-05-23T04:00:42Z

Streaming service users enjoy watching lighthearted shows early in the day, saving documentaries for late at night, data shows

Netflix viewers prefer a diet of comedy at breakfast, a portion of drama on their lunch break and a midnight snack of documentaries.

Netflix, which has more than 100 million subscribers worldwide, said analysis of viewing data found that users of its service were keen to start the day with a laugh by watching comedies such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Fuller House and How I Met Your Mother.

Related: War Machine: let battle commence in Netflix assault on cinema

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At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously | Monika Bickert

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:59:36 GMT2017-05-22T22:59:36Z

Our reviewing of difficult posts and images is complex and challenging. We appreciate the Guardian revealing how tough it is to get the balance right

Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying.

The images were deeply shocking – so much so that we placed a warning screen in front of them and made sure they were only visible to adults. But the images also prompted international outrage and renewed attention on the plight of Syrians.

Related: Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal

Related: 'No grey areas': experts urge Facebook to change moderation policies

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The Guardian view on moderating Facebook: we need to talk | Editorial

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:55:14 GMT2017-05-22T18:55:14Z

Should Facebook be policed as a public space or a private one? We need a wide-ranging debate on this giant company’s responsibilities

Facebook became one of the largest media companies in the world by positioning itself as not a media company at all. That way it could not be held to the same kind of legal responsibilities as its competitors were. Instead it was, and remains, largely free to set its own editorial standards. As our revelations this week show, these are sometimes shocking. Now that Facebook has grown so large that it is no longer just a media company but a kind of hybrid beast that does not fit into any of the traditional categories, the question of who should control its content is hard to dodge and harder to answer. At the moment, Facebook claims the right to determine its own policies, although this is constrained by national or – in the case of the EU – supranational laws.

The main policy is that nothing should be taken down without a complaint, although some clearly objectionable content has in the past been left up even after complaints. The company has responded to criticism and hired thousands of new moderators. Pornography and pirated intellectual property can be detected and zapped by algorithmic analysis. But that’s the easy bit. The hard part is making judgments about human interactions: bullying, hatred and exploitation. Facebook executives in Australia have just been found touting the ability to target users as young as 14 for advertising when they are feeling “stressed … worthless … or insecure”. Although the company denies that it uses or condones the use of these powers, it is a horrifying example of the reach it gains from its industrial collection and processing of personal data. It also shows up the limitations of the company’s categorisation of “vulnerable” people, which forms a central part of its policy on abusive or violent speech.

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War Machine review – Brad Pitt goes over the top in Afghan war satire

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:26 GMT2017-05-22T15:00:26Z

Based on real-life events, David Michôd’s take on the war in Afghanistan plays for laughs and misses the mark

Related: War Machine: let battle commence in Netflix assault on cinema

Not funny enough to be satire, not realistic enough to count as political commentary, not exciting enough to work as a war movie, David Michôd’s supposedly Helleresque romp, released on Netflix, is an imperfect non-storm of unsuccess.

Related: Brad Pitt speaks about his divorce from Angelina Jolie and his heavy drinking

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'No grey areas': experts urge Facebook to change moderation policies

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:04:10 GMT2017-05-22T14:04:10Z

Labour’s Yvette Cooper is among those calling for more transparency from the company in wake of Guardian revelations

Facebook’s ethical standards should not be decided “behind closed doors”, the former chair of an influential parliamentary committee has said after the Guardian revealed the social media giant’s secret rules for moderating extreme content.

Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee before parliament was dissolved for the upcoming election, said the files – used by Facebook to moderate violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm – underlined a need for more transparency.

Related: Facebook will let users livestream self-harm, leaked documents show

Related: Facebook generates massive profits – it can afford to protect the public | Suzanne Moore

Related: Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal

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Facebook generates massive profits – it can afford to protect the public | Suzanne Moore

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:40:12 GMT2017-05-22T13:40:12Z

The Guardian’s Facebook Files series has exposed the confused set of guidelines that underpin its moderation of images of suicide and non-sexual child abuse

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Live last year he said: “We built this big technology platform so we can go and support whatever the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral ways people want to communicate are as time goes on.” While for many people Facebook is a place to post endless pictures of perfect holiday moments, for some of its 2 billion users it is a place to live stream murders, rape, torture and suicides. That is about as raw and visceral as it gets. And yet it is just what Facebook, which continually states that it is not a media company, can be used for.

Related: Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Related: Ignore or delete: could you be a Facebook moderator?

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Some over-75s could lose free TV licences under BBC proposal

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:22:01 GMT2017-05-22T13:22:01Z

Corporation may limit free licences to households who only contain over-75s when it loses government subsidy in 2020

Free TV licences for over-75s could be limited to those who live with someone else also over the age of 75 in a plan being considered by the BBC that could save it about £150m a year.

It comes as the corporation tries to work out how to shoulder the £650m-plus sum of paying for the free licence fees from 2020, which it had to agree to as part of a funding deal with the government.

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How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:14:59 GMT2017-05-22T13:14:59Z

With Facebook becoming a key electoral battleground, researchers are studying how automated accounts are used to alter political debate online

One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two things every election expert agrees on: what happens on social media, and Facebook in particular, will have an enormous effect on how the country votes; and no one has any clue how to measure what’s actually happening there.

“Many of us wish we could study Facebook,” said Prof Philip Howard, of the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, “but we can’t, because they really don’t share anything.” Howard is leading a team of researchers studying “computational propaganda” at the university, attempting to shine a light on the ways automated accounts are used to alter debate online.

Related: Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Related: Facebook’s failure: did fake news and polarized politics get Trump elected?

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