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Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Entertainment
Actor Will Poulter has quit Twitter over the response to his role in Black Mirror film Bandersnatch. The British star appeared as Colin Ritman in the Netflix drama, which allows viewers to make interactive selections impacting the path of the storyline.Some social media users are said to have called Poulter "ugly" after he featured in the show with dyed blonde hair and glasses.The 25-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. He added: "There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best to be avoided."It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media...
Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

World
The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The Nov. 11 letter from the Vatican's Cardinal Marc Ouellet provides the primary reason that Rome balked at the measures that were to be voted on by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at its Nov. 12-14 meeting. The blocked vote stunned abuse survivors and other Catholics who were demanding action from U.S. bishops to address clergy sex abuse and cover-up. Ouellet's letter undermines the version of events provided by the conference president, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. It could also provide fodder for questions during a spirit...
Hibernian fan arrested over alleged racial abuse of Hearts ace Clevid Dikamona

Hibernian fan arrested over alleged racial abuse of Hearts ace Clevid Dikamona

Sports
KICK IT OUT TV footage appeared to show the Hibs supporter aim an insult at the Congo international A Hibernian fan has been arrested for the alleged racial abuse of Heart of Midlothian ace Clevid Dikamona. TV footage appear to catch a supporter aim an insult towards the defender as Hearts claimed a 1-0 win. Hibernian’s Easter Road stadium. And it was confirmed a fan had been apprehended. “A 65-year-old man has now been arrested following the racial abuse of a Hearts player,” said match commander Superintendent Jim Royan. “There is no place in Scotland for hate crime and I want to reassure the public that reports of such incidents will be treated seriously. Dikamona during a spell at Dagenh...
Pope removes three from council of cardinals, including two in child abuse scandals

Pope removes three from council of cardinals, including two in child abuse scandals

World
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Pope Francis removed two cardinals, each involved in sexual abuse scandals, from his advisory council, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The nine-person council, known as the C9, guides the pope on matters critical to the Catholic Church's future. Termination of services of Australia's Cardinal George Pell and Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, the former archbishop of Santiago, Chile, were announced, as well as that of Cardinal Laurent Monswegngo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pasinya is 79 and has not attended recent council meetings. Pell, who is also the chief of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, faces charges of "historical child sexual offenses" in court proceedings that are under a gag order in Melbourne, Australia. News coverage has been bloc...
Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Child advice chatbots fail to spot sexual abuse

Technology
Two mental health chatbot apps have required updates after struggling to handle reports of child sexual abuse.In tests, neither Wysa nor Woebot told an apparent victim to seek emergency help.The BBC also found the apps had problems dealing with eating disorders and drug use.The Children's Commissioner for England said the flaws meant the chatbots were not currently "fit for purpose" for use by youngsters."They should be able to recognise and flag for human intervention a clear breach of law or safeguarding of children," said Anne Longfield.Both apps had been rated suitable for children.Wysa had previously been recommended as a tool to help youngsters by an NHS Trust.Its developers have now promised an update will soon improve the...