MPs condemn social media firms over Chris Whitty death threats | Coronavirus- Tempemail

Social media companies have been accused of “taking their eye off the ball” over online death threats against public servants such as Prof Chris Whitty after he became the focus of violent language in channels set up by anti-lockdown activists and members of the far right. Calls for England’s chief Continue Reading

Biz Markie manager confirms rapper is still alive amid death rumours- Tempemail

New York rap icon Biz Markie is still alive, his manager has confirmed, after rumours spread on social media that the 57-year-old had died. Jenni Izumi said the “news of Biz Markie’s passing is not true” and revealed that he is in fact “under medical care, surrounded by professionals who Continue Reading

BBC tightens security after anti-vaxxer ‘death threats’ to staff | Journalist safety- Tempemail

The BBC has upgraded its security protocols after the targeting of a senior journalist and apparent death threats. A message from Fran Unsworth, director of news and current affairs, sent to staff on Friday morning, and seen by the Observer, revealed the corporation had set up a working group to Continue Reading

Returnal review – epic dance of death with beautiful, brutal aliens | Games

This is not the best year for a game about being stuck in an eternal time loop, where nothing much changes but things are always extremely difficult. Many people will find it hard to find the motivation to face down a punishingly challenging game about the unreliability of memory and Continue Reading

‘Like Uber, but for cremations’: I created a $2m funeral startup – and became a monster | Death and dying

A few years ago I sat on the phone, as a first-time CEO of a funeral start up in my 20s, trying to convince a woman to buy a $1,799 necklace filled with her mother’s ashes. “Well, Katherine. It’s really beautiful.” I paused for dramatic effect. “We take a charm Continue Reading

Facebook guidelines allow for users to call for death of public figures | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook’s bullying and harassment policy explicitly allows for “public figures” to be targeted in ways otherwise banned on the site, including “calls for [their] death”, according to a tranche of internal moderator guidelines leaked to the Guardian. Public figures are defined by Facebook to include people whose claim to fame Continue Reading

Caroline Flack film explores media’s role in TV star’s death | Caroline Flack- Tempemail

The media has failed to learn the lessons of Caroline Flack’s death and must take responsibility for coverage of public figures struggling with mental health problems, the presenter’s mother has said. Speaking before the release of a Channel 4 documentary that seeks to present a more nuanced portrait of her Continue Reading

TikTok urged to take action over Myanmar death threat videos | Myanmar- Tempemail

TikTok has been urged to take action over a flood of videos shared in Myanmar that feature men in military uniform threatening to kill anti-coup protesters, at times while brandishing weapons. Myanmar’s police and army have been widely condemned for using lethal force against peaceful protesters who have held mass Continue Reading

Piers Morgan says police are ‘seriously’ investigating death threats he received on social media- Tempemail

The Good Morning Britain presenter and former News of the World editor shared a screenshot of his notifications on Instagram, which included threats and abuse from members of the public. One social media user had described Morgan as a “marked man” and said he would be “killed”. Writing on Twitter Continue Reading