Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs | Scams

Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the “immoral” practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudsters use online advertisements, mostly on Google, to trick people out of their pension funds, according Continue Reading

Smart motorways face further scrutiny as MPs launch inquiry | Automotive industry

Smart motorways are to come under further scrutiny as MPs launch a fresh inquiry into their benefits and dangers, just weeks after a coroner referred Highways England to prosecutors for possible corporate manslaughter after the death of a motorist on the M1. The Commons transport select committee is to investigate Continue Reading

Take action on MPs supporting Covid conspiracy figures, PM told | World news- Tempemail

Boris Johnson has been urged to act after two more Conservative MPs were linked to figures spreading Covid conspiracy theories or making discredited claims. Last week it emerged that Desmond Swayne, a former Tory minister, encouraged anti-lockdown street protesters to “persist” and suggested NHS capacity figures were being “manipulated” to Continue Reading

Revealed: Tory MPs and commentators who joined banned app Parler | Conservatives- Tempemail

At least 14 Conservative MPs, including several ministers, cabinet minister Michael Gove and a number of prominent Tory commentators joined Parler, the social media platform favoured by the far right that was forced offline last week for hosting threats of violence and racist slurs. Parler was taken offline after Amazon Continue Reading

Australian cyber abuse laws won’t address Coalition MPs’ concerns about deplatforming | Social media- Tempemail

New cyber abuse laws will help ensure moderation of social media is applied “fairly and consistently” but do not address concerns from some in the Coalition about deplatforming, the e-safety commissioner has said. Julie Inman Grant made the comments to Guardian Australia, confirming that even with new powers to take Continue Reading

UK will miss 2025 target for full-fibre broadband rollout, MPs warn | Broadband

Boris Johnson’s promise to deliver nationwide “turbocharged” broadband by 2025 will be missed because of a catalogue of government failures, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded. In a timely report released on Friday as many children struggle to gain access to remote learning during lockdown, the public accounts committee has criticised Continue Reading

Australian Coalition MPs post false claims Antifa was part of mob that stormed US Capitol | Craig Kelly- Tempemail

Coalition MPs Craig Kelly and George Christensen have spread misinformation that the insurrectionist mob that stormed the US Capitol included members of the Antifa group. As the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison declined to repudiate misinformation about the US election from within his government, the pair both shared an article Continue Reading

Telecoms sector has ‘no belief’ UK will meet broadband targets, MPs find | Infrastructure

The telecoms sector has “no genuine belief” the government will be able to meet its broadband targets, a parliamentary inquiry has found, despite those targets having been cut just weeks ago. In its national infrastructure strategy, published in late November, the government announced plans to connect 85% of the country Continue Reading

Social media not removing people smugglers’ pages, MPs told | Law- Tempemail

Facebook, YouTube and other social media organisations have refused to shut down many pages understood to be used by networks for people smuggling, despite requests from Home Office staff and police trying to crack down on human trafficking rings, MPs heard today. At the start of an investigation into the Continue Reading

Facebook faces grilling by MPs in India over anti-Muslim hate speech | India

Facebook’s alleged political bias and its role in spreading anti-Muslim hate speech in India is to come under scrutiny when senior executives are summoned before a parliamentary committee. The committee hearing on Wednesday follows allegations in the Wall Street Journal that the company’s top policy official in India, Ankhi Das, Continue Reading