Greater protections for victims of online abuse proposed by Law Commission – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission has today published proposals to better protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages or emails, cyberflashing, and pile-on harassment. Reforms to tackle the malicious sharing of information known to be false have also been proposed.’

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Law Commission, 11th September 2020

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK – The Guardian

‘Ministers are being urged to toughen up the regulation of digital and social media because “a pandemic of misinformation and disinformation” is eroding trust in politics and public institutions.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

296 days to correct a factual inaccuracy – effective press regulation? – Transparency Project

Posted June 19th, 2020 in communicating false information, complaints, delay, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘296 days ago, on 27 August 2019, the Daily Express published an inaccurate article in the print edition of their paper. Today they have published a correction because the regulator IPSO required this.’

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Transparency Project, 18th June 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

UK ad watchdog bans claims that IV drips can treat coronavirus – The Guardian

‘The advertising watchdog has cracked down on three companies for implying they could provide immune-boosting IV drips that could prevent or treat coronavirus.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom assesses Eamonn Holmes 5G comments after complaints – BBC News

‘TV regulator Ofcom has said it is assessing comments made by presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G technology and coronavirus “as a priority”.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Ofcom formally probes David Icke TV interview – BBC News

‘The UK’s media watchdog has launched a formal investigation into a TV network’s broadcast of an interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke about coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 9th April 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Twitter will label and may remove media designed to mislead – The Guardian

‘Twitter will begin to label and in some cases remove doctored or manipulated photos, audio and videos that are designed to mislead people.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2020

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Man jailed for four-year bomb hoax campaign in UK, US and Canada – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2019 in communicating false information, explosives, news, school children, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who carried out a campaign of bomb hoaxes against targets in the US, Canada and the UK has been jailed for more than four years.’

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The Independent, 3rd December 2019

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Deliveroo TV advert banned for being misleading – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2019 in advertising, communicating false information, complaints, food, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A TV ad for Deliveroo has been banned for suggesting the food delivery firm could deliver anywhere in the UK.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Social media firms to be penalised for not removing child abuse – The Guardian

‘New laws proposed to tackle social media companies streaming child abuse, extremism, terrorist attacks and cyberbullying have been welcomed by senior police and children’s charities.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Facebook and Instagram could be hit by new laws if they do not do enough to stamp out anti-vaccine messages – Daily Telegraph

‘Social media firms could be hit with new laws to stop them allowing the spread of anti-vaxxers’ myths online, the Health Secretary has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th March 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Advertising watchdog rules fake autism ‘cure’ adverts must stop – BBC News

‘Advertising watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered 150 homeopaths operating in the UK to stop claiming they can cure autism.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Retailers broke rules by listing real fur items as fake, ASA says – The Guardian

‘The UK advertising watchdog has criticised two retailers for “misleading” consumers by advertising fashion items made from real animal fur as fake or “faux”.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2019

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Man jailed for targeting grieving families with online abuse – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who admitted targeting Facebook memorial pages with sickening messages has been jailed for 14 months today (15 Oct) at Newcastle Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th November 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust: Supreme Court confirms duty of care exists on non-medical A&E staff – Cloisters

‘In a unanimous judgment delivered on 10th October 2018, the Supreme Court reminded practitioners that there is no need to consider the Caparo v Dickman test in every case where the existence of a duty of care is in issue, and that judges must be careful not to conflate issues relevant to the existence of a duty with those relevant to whether or not the duty has been breached.’

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Cloisters, 18th October 2018

Source: www.cloisters.com

Criminal law not keeping pace with digital world – report – The Guardian

‘Online communications law is incoherent and fails to protect victims of abuse from harassment such as “deepfake” pornography, according to a report by the Law Commission.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2018

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Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust – Law Pod UK

‘In Darnley v Croydon NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50 the Supreme Court has ruled that hospitals are liable for the actions and statements of their non-medical staff in A & E. Rosalind English discusses the implications of this judgment with Owain Thomas QC.’

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Law Pod UK, 15th October 2018

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Supreme Court rules that hospital receptionist owes a duty of care to a patient — Owain Thomas QC – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeal of Michael Darnley in Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50, holding that a hospital receptionist owed a duty of care to a patient at A&E, which was breached by providing him with incorrect information as to how long he was likely to have to wait before being seen or triaged.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th October 2018

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Parents ‘weaponising’ domestic violence orders, claims charity – The Guardian

‘The number of non-molestation orders – issued by courts to prevent domestic abuse – has rocketed by 37% over the past five years because they are being exploited to secure legal aid, according to the charity Families Needs Fathers.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Woman’s Own forced to print front-page correction about actor – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2018 in communicating false information, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘The former Coronation Street star Denise Welch has forced Woman’s Own to print a front-page correction after the magazine made false claims about her without any evidence, in a move that could have repercussions for other glossy gossip publications.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com