Newspaper headlines: Online ‘crackdown’ and election prediction

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Newspaper headlines: Online ‘crackdown’ and election prediction


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The i leads on calls for a “crackdown” on tech giants as part of the “battle against fake news”. A new regulator for online platforms to ensure they root out false reports is among the recommendations in a government review into the future of the UK news industry.

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The Telegraph’s front page also reports on calls for more regulation of social media companies. The paper says the NSPCC wants to see criminal sanctions and unlimited fines for firms that fail to protect children from dangers online including sex abuse, self-harm content and bullying.

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There is some good news for the Conservatives on the front page of the Times, which reports that Theresa May would win a working majority if a general election were held today. The prediction is based on YouGov modelling that correctly forecast the 2017 hung parliament. But the paper says Mrs May would still struggle to push through her Brexit policies because of “deep Tory splits”.

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Meanwhile the Sun reports that Mrs May plans to resign this summer after delivering Brexit. The paper says cabinet sources believe the prime minister wants to quit in a position of relative strength so she can influence who succeeds her. The paper’s main story is an investigation into a legal gadget which allowed their team to steal 10 cars in moments.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s claim that Britain will gain an economic dividend from the government’s Brexit deal has been rejected by an influential group of MPs, the Guardian reports. The criticism from the Treasury select committee came after official figures revealed the UK suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012, the paper says.

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The Financial Times also leads on concerns over the UK economy. The paper says the chancellor is “preparing for the worst” after weaker than expected growth figures and business anxiety over the state of Brexit negotiations.

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“It’s all our fault” is the Daily Mirror’s headline. The paper reports that Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted that the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems with the rollout of universal credit.

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The Metro reports that a suspect in the disappearance of student Libby Squire has appeared in court over unrelated offences. Pawel Relowicz, 24, denied the charges of voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary. The 21-year-old University of Hull student has been missing for 10 days and was last seen after a night out.

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The Daily Mail leads on a story about an NHS nurse who died of cervical cancer after being given the all-clear six times. Julie O’Connor filmed a video with her husband just three days before her death, where they condemned the failure to diagnose her illness.

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The Daily Express says millions of Britons could be left struggling to pay for essentials as almost 500 ATMs disappear each month. The paper warns a “cashless landscape” could bring “misery”, particularly for pensioners.

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Jesus was in fact a “Greek philosopher” according a documentary which will air on Amazon Prime, the Daily Star reports. The streaming service is set to show 2016’s Biblical Conspiracies, which claims the “real son of God” is a Greek man called Apollonius of Tyan.

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