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Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Fake online reviews under investigation by competition authority

Technology
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into fake and misleading reviews on several major websites.It said it would examine whether online shops were "doing enough" to protect customers as they turn to online shopping during lockdown.The authority warned it would "not hesitate" to take action if sites are disobeying the law.That could include taking major retailers to court."During lockdown, we're more dependent than ever on online shopping, so it's really important that the online reviews we read are genuine opinions," said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli."If someone is persuaded to buy something after reading a fake or misleading review, they could end up wasting their money on a product or service that wasn't wh...
HS2 costs out of control, says review’s deputy chair

HS2 costs out of control, says review’s deputy chair

Business
There is "overwhelming evidence" that the costs of HS2 are "out of control" and its benefits overstated, the deputy chair of its review panel has said.Lord Berkeley said the high-speed rail line, linking London and northern England, is likely to cost over £108bn. A vocal critic of HS2, the Labour peer said he believed MPs had been "misled" about the price - set at £55bn in 2015.He has published a "dissenting report" on the project, but the government said it represented his personal view.Trains are due to start running on HS2 between London and Birmingham in 2029. However, Lord Berkeley says there is little prospect of that before 2031, and warns high-speed trains will not reach Manchester and Leeds until 2040.Lord Berkeley was t
Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

Facebook urged to shut groups seeking fake Amazon reviews

Technology
Facebook is failing to shut down groups on its site where fake Amazon reviews are sold, consumer group Which? claims. Facebook was urged in June by the Competition and Markets Authority to probe the sale of fake reviews via these groups. Which? claimed to have uncovered several active groups that recruited people to write fake testimonies.Facebook said it had removed almost all the groups reported to it and was still investigating the issue.Group actionFor its investigation, Which? said it joined 10 separate Facebook groups looking for recruits. In a 30-day period, it said, recruiters added more than 55,000 posts to the groups that offered free products to people who wrote highly-rated reviews on Amazon."It is deeply concerning t...
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald gets mixed reviews

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald gets mixed reviews

Entertainment
The latest Fantastic Beasts film The Crimes of Grindelwald has earned mixed reviews from critics. It has a number of three-star reviews with suggestions that the plot is "overburdened" with details and preparing for future adventures. There is praise for the "vibrantly drawn" characters and Jude Law is highlighted for his performance as young Dumbledore.Many agree JK Rowling's imagination is "as awe-inspiring as ever."The second of five planned Fantastic Beasts films by JK Rowling also earns praise for its special effects.Ezra Miller stole the show at the Fantastic Beasts sequel's premiereCaryn James in the Hollywood Reporter called it a "vibrant, engaging improvement" on the first Fantastic Beasts film. "The sequel has better a...
'Scariest 4 minutes I've seen': Film critic reviews trailer Trump showed Kim

'Scariest 4 minutes I've seen': Film critic reviews trailer Trump showed Kim

World
It's the "movie" that everyone's talking about -- and it hasn't even been made yet. Before his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump showed the North Korean leader a movie trailer. The trailer, produced in Korean and English, opens with a view of Earth from space as a narrator says: "Seven billion people inhabit planet Earth. Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact, and only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history." Shots of the Colosseum in Rome and the Great Wall of China give way to a North Korean flag before Trump and Kim appear. “What if a people that share a common and rich heritage can find a common future. Their story is well known. But what ...