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Internet giants to face major clampdown as ministers call Facebook and Google to take tougher stance on trolls and terror content and to be regulated like TV and newspapers

INTERNET giants face a major clampdown as Downing Street last night revealed Ministers are looking at classing Facebook and Google media publishers rather than simple platforms. No10 backed a call from an Ofcom boss that the sites should be regulated in a similar way to TV and newspapers — making them legally responsible for all […]

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INTERNET giants face a major clampdown as Downing Street last night revealed Ministers are looking at classing Facebook and Google media publishers rather than simple platforms.

No10 backed a call from an Ofcom boss that the sites should be regulated in a similar way to TV and newspapers — making them legally responsible for all their vile content for the first time.

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Culture Secretary Karen Bradley demanded the firms face up to the ‘undeniable suffering’ the internet can cause people[/caption]

And last night Culture Secretary Karen Bradley demanded the firms face up to the “undeniable suffering” the internet can cause people.

Her slapdown came as she outlined new plans to make kids safer by hitting firms with an industry-wide levy to fund measures to deal with online harm.

And companies will be forced to publish annual transparency reports to prove they doing more to stop trolls and cyberbullies.

The Government hope to kick start tech giants into doing more by exposing “the true scale of risks and harms that users encounter on their platforms.”

But the Chairman of the media regulator Ofcom said she believes it was time for a major shake up of the landscape, bringing the sites in line with other media outlets.

By making wild west social media platforms officially classed as publishers would finally see them regulated and forced to remove dangerous content.

Dame Patricia Hodgson said her body had recently discussed regulation of internet sites, but said the decision lies with Ministers.

Giving evidence to MPs, she said: “My personal view is that they are publishers but that is only my personal view, that is not an Ofcom view.”

And she complained the sites “are not within Ofcom’s responsibility but we feel very strongly about the integrity of news in this country and we are totally supportive of steps that should and need to be taken to improve matters.”

Asked if the PM agreed, last night Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “We are looking at the role companies like Google and Facebook play in the digital environment.”

He went on: “As part of the Digital Charter, we will look carefully at the roles, responsibility, and legal status of the major internet platforms.”

The clampdown comes as the UK Safer Internet Centre that found 64 per cent of 13-17-year-olds have seen people posting offensive images or videos on such sites.

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Companies will be forced to publish annual transparency reports to prove they doing more to stop trolls and cyberbullies.[/caption]

Boss David Wright said: “As the national centre dedicated to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, the UK Safer Internet Centre welcomes any piece of work that helps deliver this objective.

“Technology plays a fundamental role in everyone’s lives presenting both opportunities and threats.”
Last night the NSPCC said: “Keeping young people safe online is the biggest child protection issue of our generation.”

A spokesman added: “Social media companies are marking their own homework when it comes to keeping children safe, so a code of practice is definitely a step in the right direction but ‘how’ it is implemented will be crucial.”

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These entirely innocent snaps could be confused for something very rude indeed

THESE photos will prove whether you have a dirty mind or not. On the face of it they show a selection of innocent everyday items including an avocado, cheesy snacks, a child’s doodle and a plume of smoke. But, take a closer look and they are transformed into something altogether smuttier. Unfortunate sculptures resemble male […]

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THESE photos will prove whether you have a dirty mind or not.

On the face of it they show a selection of innocent everyday items including an avocado, cheesy snacks, a child’s doodle and a plume of smoke.

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Female vaper is caught at the exact moment she exhales an unfortunate-looking plume of smoke[/caption]

But, take a closer look and they are transformed into something altogether smuttier.

Unfortunate sculptures resemble male members while balloons and butter echo breasts.

Drinks machines and puddles also appear in the hilarious gallery.

Now, stop sniggering at the back.

Let’s Not Drink To That

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The design of this drinks machine bears a rather regrettable resemblance[/caption]

Pot On Earth?

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After a rain shower this pot hole takes on a whole new aspect[/caption]

What The Cluck?

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Whoever snapped this pair of eggs must have had the breast of intentions[/caption]

Avin’ None Of That

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You can see just a glimpse of the green flesh of this avocado in the snapshot[/caption]

Tomato Sauce

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This extraordinary looking tomato is unlikely to make it to supermarket shelves any time soon[/caption]

Fancy A Trunk-Up?

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This tree hollow has developed in an unfortunate place[/caption]

Meat And Two Veg

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This pea balancing on the top of a green bean would be enough to get any schoolboy sniggering[/caption]

Is That A Sea Or A B Cup?

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This underwater sight is chest amazing[/caption]

Bed Alert

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This mattress is won’t get the bum’s rush[/caption]

Wot’sthat?

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This cheesy snack looks like it could prove a bit of a mouthful[/caption]

Rudin

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This bulbous sculpture is a bit of a flop[/caption]

Cheesus

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This cheesy snack is not likely to go down well[/caption]

Breast Efforts

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The odd shape of this pink balloon is enough to spark a cheeky snigger[/caption]

Fro-go zone

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Ice poking out of the top of these frozen drinks makes for an unfortunate effect[/caption]

Monster Mistake

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This kids’ creation is a nightmarish vision[/caption]

For Butter Or Worse

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This pack of butter makes a bit of a boob[/caption]


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Parents share harrowing last photo of son, 6, hours before he died in hospital of meningitis to raise awareness

THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died from meningitis have released the harrowing last photo of their son in a bid to raise awareness. Oliver Hall died less than 24 hours after first showing signs he was ill. Despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses who “did everything they could” to save Oliver’s […]

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THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died from meningitis have released the harrowing last photo of their son in a bid to raise awareness.

Oliver Hall died less than 24 hours after first showing signs he was ill.

Oliver Hall died of meningitis less than 24 hours after falling ill in October this year
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Despite the best efforts of doctors and nurses who “did everything they could” to save Oliver’s life, the infection overwhelmed his body.

He passed away at the James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk on October 24.

At the age of six, Oliver was not vaccinated against the strain that cut his young life short – meningitis B.

In September 2015, the MenB vaccine was added to the NHS childhood immuisation programme, but only for babies under the age of 12 months.

The six-year-old's parents are calling for the MenB vaccine to be made available on the NHS to all children
The six-year-old’s parents are calling for the MenB vaccine to be made available on the NHS to all children
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Now, Oliver’s heartbroken parents are urging the Government to make it available free of charge to all kids.

Bryan and Georgie Hall, from Halesworth in Suffolk, have joined forces with Meningitis Now to raise awareness.

Mrs Hall said: “Oliver achieved so much in his short life. He will always be remembered.”

Now the couple are calling on health secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Government to widen the vaccination programme to protect more children.

The MenB jab was made available in September 2015 to kids under the age of one, but parents of older kids have to pay to have the jab
The MenB jab was made available in September 2015 to kids under the age of one, but parents of older kids have to pay to have the jab
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“The Government are saying it’s not cost effective to vaccinate more children against this disease.

“Meningitis Now are arguing that point.

“Our main goal is to help them get this vaccination rolled out to more children.”


MORE THAN A RASH What is meningitis, how can you catch it and what are the signs and symptoms of the deadly disease?


The charity argues that a vaccine for all would be cost-effective, when compared with the cost of treating the devastating disease.

Meningitis can affect people of all ages, but is more common in babies and young children.

Teenagers and young adults – particularly university students – are also at high risk, because they live and socialise close together, raising the risk of the disease spreading quickly.

On Friday, the Meningitis Research Foundation urged people to be alert to the signs and symptoms of the disease, as cases of the deadly infection are expected to treble over the festive period.

Oliver's parents have set up a fundraising website in their son's name, raising money for Meningitis Now
Oliver’s parents have set up a fundraising website in their son’s name, raising money for Meningitis Now
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There are five main groups of meningitis, but meningococcal B (Men B) is the most common, responsible for 55 per cent of cases of meningococcal meningitis.

While the MenB jab is available free of charge on the NHS to babies, it can be bought privately.

Boots and other pharmacies offer the two-dose course at a cost of £220.

Last month Mrs Hall met MPs and other families, who have lost their children to meningitis.

“On the back of this meeting, they are looking into setting up a working party with the main aim of looking into the cost effectiveness of the vaccine and rolling it out to children.

“That is a positive step.”

The couple set up the Oliver Hall Forever Fund tribute website, to raise money for Meningitis Now.

So far more than £4,000 has been raised in Oliver’s memory.

His mum added: “To see that total going up makes us feel that Oliver’s life was not in vain.”


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Brit musician Dave Sinclair found dead aged 31 after suffering heart attack

MUSICIAN Dave Sinclair has died after suffering a heart attack. The 31-year-old was found at his home, with tributes since pouring in for the legendary frontman who died last week. The singer’s mother Jo paid tribute to her “spark of life” son, telling Hull Daily Mail: “From the day he was born I can’t explain […]

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MUSICIAN Dave Sinclair has died after suffering a heart attack.

The 31-year-old was found at his home, with tributes since pouring in for the legendary frontman who died last week.

Tributes for Dave Sinclair have flowed after he was found dead
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The singer’s mother Jo paid tribute to her “spark of life” son, telling Hull Daily Mail: “From the day he was born I can’t explain the feeling he gave me.”

Dave, whose nickname was Cardo, played in bands including Mother and GST Cardinals.

Family and friends gathered at the Queens Pub in Hull to pay tribute to Dave, remembering the singer as a “rockstar”.

Friend Grant Dobbs said: “He was a rock and roll star. You had to meet the man for him to have such an effect on you.

The 31-year-old had only played his last gig two weeks ago
The 31-year-old had only played his last gig two weeks ago
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“He had the Cardo-effect. He’s touched everybody’s hearts in here. He never had a bad word to say about anyone.”

He said the young musician had only played his last gig two weeks ago before suffering the fatal heart attack.

Dave was found at his home in Dunswell on Tuesday.

Friends said that he was a true entertainer, on and off the stage.

The Polar Bear will be holding a tribute night to Dave on Friday.

Four members of The Paddingtons will perform a Strokes tribute act in honour of their friend.

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