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Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Facebook finds UK-based 'fake news' network

Technology
Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network.The company said it was the first time it had taken down a UK-based group targeting messages at British citizens.The same group set up pages posing both as far-right outlets and anti-fascist activists.Facebook said it had shared its discovery with law enforcement and the government.The group was able to gain followers by setting up innocent-looking pages and groups. It later renamed them, and started posting politically-motivated content.MP Damian Collins, who chairs a committee investigating fake news, said it was the "tip of the iceberg". Skip Twitter post by @DamianCollins When Face...
Instagram biggest for child grooming online – NSPCC finds

Instagram biggest for child grooming online – NSPCC finds

Technology
Sex offenders are grooming children on Instagram more than on any other online platform, a charity has found.Police in England and Wales recorded 1,944 incidents of sexual communication with children in the six months to September 2018, the NSPCC said.Instagram was used in 32% of the 1,317 cases where a method was recorded, Facebook in 23% and Snapchat in 14%.Instagram and Facebook said they "aggressively" fought grooming, while Snapchat said it was "unacceptable".Following pressure from campaigners, sexual communication with a child became an offence in April 2017.In the 18 months that followed, more than 5,000 online grooming offences were recorded by police, according to the data gathered by the NSPCC.How can I keep my kids safe online?The charity said...
Quick pregnancy safe after stillbirth, study finds

Quick pregnancy safe after stillbirth, study finds

Health
There is no reason to delay having another baby after a stillbirth, research in the Lancet suggests.Although women are often told to wait for a year before getting pregnant again, there is little evidence to back up this advice.This international study of 14,000 births found no increased risk of problems if conception happened earlier.A UK stillbirth expert said the findings were important and reassuring.About one in every 225 births in the UK ends in stillbirth, which is defined as the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy in the UK. However, in this study, a stillbirth is defined as a baby's death after 22 weeks' pregnancy.Stillbirth rates have been gradually reducing in the UK since 2000, and more sharply since 2015, but compared with many other ...
NASA rover finds life in subsurface soil collected from Mars-like Atacama desert

NASA rover finds life in subsurface soil collected from Mars-like Atacama desert

Science
Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Scientists have identified unique, salt-resistant bacteria living beneath the surface of Chile's Atacama desert, the most Mars-like environment on Earth. Researchers used a robotic rover designed by NASA engineers to successfully collect subsurface soil samples and locate sparse patches of microbes. The test mission will help NASA scientists prepare for the search for life during future planned Mars missions. Both NASA and the European Space Agency plan to launch Martian rover deployment missions in 2020. ESA has been testing rover models in the Moroccan Sahara. During the recent tests in Chile, researchers found small patchers of microbes living in water-starved, nutrient-poor soils beneath the desert surface. "We have shown that a robotic rover can recover subsurface s...
Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Facebook finds more fake accounts from Iran

Technology
Facebook has uncovered and removed dozens of pages, accounts and groups linked to Iran that the firm says coordinated "inauthentic behaviour", targeting people in the US and UK.The affected posts focused on divisive topics such as race relations, opposition to President Donald Trump and immigration, it said.The social network revealed that it uncovered the activity a week ago."We can't say for sure who is responsible," it said in a blog post.It added that it had so far found no ties to the Iranian government but that its investigation was ongoing.The company said it had identified 82 pages, groups and accounts that were coordinating inauthentic behaviour on Facebook and Instagram in violation of the platform's policies.Only two advertisements were connect...