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Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Technology
Facebook has said it is reviewing the future of Britain First's profile page, following the removal of its leaders' pages from Twitter.The social network said it was "very cautious" about removing political speech.The details emerged as the Home Affairs Committee grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter on what they were doing to combat hate speech.MPs said the firms had made progress but were still not doing enough.Google promised an annual transparency report on the issue. Facebook and Twitter said they were looking at a similar course of action but did not commit to it.On Britain First, a far-right group, Facebook's director of public policy Simon Milner said it was reviewing its future."Clearly there are issues with the pages but we are very cautious about political speech," he told MPs.He...
Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Technology
Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group shortly after revising its rules on hate speech.Paul Golding, Britain First's leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and their past posts no longer appear.The organisation's official Twitter page has suffered the same fate.It appears that three of Ms Fransen's posts that President Trump retweeted have gone from his feed as a result.The messages had featured anti-Muslim videos and proved highly controversial when the American leader shared them in November.British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said it had been "wrong for the president to have done this".Ms Fransen and Mr Golding were arrested earlier this week over separate behaviour relating to Northern Ireland.Restricted swastikasTw...
Why Britain has embraced Black Friday

Why Britain has embraced Black Friday

Business
Look around you today, and witness an outbreak of furtive shopping.People at work, on the train or maybe sitting opposite you in the living room, all looking at a screen, spending time on spending money.Today is Black Friday, a retail event that didn't even exist in this country a few years ago but now seems to have turned into a relentless machine.In shops and online, we are expected to spend around £3bn over the next few days. Black Friday, after all, doesn't actually stop until Sunday or Monday.Yes, it's a bit gaudy and no, not every retailer joins in.Marks and Spencer, for instance, have made a point of avoiding this carnival of cost-cutting, but every year, more people do seem to get involved.:: How to avoid getting ripped off on Black FridayImage:An Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel
European Stocks Edge Lower as Rising UK Inflation Raises Prospects of Rate Hike in Britain

European Stocks Edge Lower as Rising UK Inflation Raises Prospects of Rate Hike in Britain

Finance
Shutterstock photoEuropean equity benchmarks were struggling for direction on Tuesday morning after a jump in the UK's inflation rate prompted speculation that the Bank of England may raise interest rates at its next meeting in November and as car-manufacturers shifted into reverse.Britain's consumer price index ( CPI ) posted annual growth of 3% in September, up from 2.9% in August, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics. The increase in consumer prices is broadly expected to influence discussions at the Bank of England ahead of of its next monetary policy decision. Rising inflation, which has been a key theme since Britain's surprise referendum decision to leave the European Union (EU) last June, is generally expected to heighten the probability of a rate hike...
Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate

Britain plans a new class of Navy frigate

Business
Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Britain's Ministry of Defense and Royal Navy have launched plans to obtain a new frigate to replace Type 23 frigates now in service.The project was announced Thursday by Minister for Defense Procurement Harriett Baldwin and came on the heels of the ministry's announcement of a new shipbuilding strategy."A day after we launched the National Shipbuilding Strategy, we are taking our first major step towards realizing it by launching the Type 31e program," Baldwin said in a press release."It will take the very best of British engineering, innovation and drive to achieve it and, as a nation, we have shown time and time again that we have what it takes to deliver. This program will re-energize a world-leading, vibrant and competitive British shipbuilding industry."Type 31e friga...