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Caroline Flack media ‘bullying’ petition handed in to government

Caroline Flack media ‘bullying’ petition handed in to government

Entertainment
A petition calling for new and stricter laws regarding the British media in the wake of the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has been handed in to the government.More than 850,000 people have signed the petition calling for "Caroline's Law", which they say should make media harassment a criminal offence "not dissimilar to corporate manslaughter". Flack, 40, was found dead at her home in east London last month. Her family said she had taken her own life. Image: Flack was best known for presenting Love Island, but stood down following her arrest in December At the time of her death, the Love Island presenter had been due to go on trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, and had been subject to much scrutiny in the press and on ...
Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Fan creates petition to get Lionel Messi banned for ‘punching’ Fabinho

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Fan creates petition to get Lionel Messi banned for ‘punching’ Fabinho

Sports
take action The petition on change.org already has more than 1,500 signatures A petition has been created to get Lionel Messi retrospectively banned for ‘punching Fabinho in the head’ during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona. The Argentine illuminated the first leg of the Champions League semi-final with a brace, featuring a magical free-kick to leave the Reds needing an Anfield miracle next week. The incident which led to Messi’s free-kick But some fans have taken issue with the award of the free-kick, claiming it was actually Messi who committed the foul. Fabinho was adjudged to have blocked Messi’s run as the Barcelona star tried to play a one-two with Luis Suarez. The Liverpool midfielder was booked for getting in Messi’s way, but some ...
Why bots probably aren't gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition

Why bots probably aren't gaming the 'Cancel Brexit' petition

Technology
Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times.The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it is that a number of the 3m signatures gathered so far are not genuine.They all agreed that the petition's email validation process would be a deterrent.Each signatory has to supply a unique email address to which a verification link is sent before their signature can be accepted. UK-based signatories must also share a valid postcode.While email addresses are easy enough to set up, doing that in real time at high volume is less straightforward.Additionally, while it is possible to buy lists of...
Ted Baker staff launch petition over 'forced hugging'

Ted Baker staff launch petition over 'forced hugging'

Business
Staff at fashion group Ted Baker allege there is a culture of "forced hugging" by the firm's founder and boss, which they are now demanding be ended.A petition, launched by an employee, also accuses 62-year-old Ray Kelvin of inappropriate comments and behaviour."It is part of a culture that leaves harassment unchallenged," they claim.The company, which issues a trading update on Thursday, says hugs are "part of Ted Baker's culture, but are absolutely not insisted upon".It said Mr Kelvin greeted many people with a hug, "be it a shareholder, investor, supplier, partner, customer or colleague".The petition on the workplace website Organise had more than 2,000 signatures by Sunday evening.It is also claimed that as well as engaging t...
Petition to scrap Snapchat update hits one million

Petition to scrap Snapchat update hits one million

Technology
More than a million people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to undo a redesign to the app.The update, which was released last week, separates content and interactions with friends from public and branded content from news services and other businesses.But users are urging the photo and video-sharing app to revert "back to the basics", slamming the changes as "annoying"."Many users have found that it has not made the app easier to use, but has in fact made many features more difficult," the petition says."There is a general level of annoyance among users and many have decided to use a VPN app, or are using other risky apps or steps, to go back to the old Snapchat as that's how annoying this new update has become.I actually HATE this snapchat update. Soo unbelievably compli...