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MPs call for tax on social media firms

A group of MP’s are calling for the government to introduce a tax on social media companies, saying the firms are operating in “an online wild west”. The recommendations from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social media and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing comes one month after the result of the Parliament’s inquiry into online disinformation, which also backed the idea of stricter regulations on such...

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Labour calls for new regulator to tackle “distorted digital market”

Britain’s opposition Labour Party want to introduce a new regulator with the power to break up tech monopolies in an attempt to “fix the distorted digital market”. Tom Watson, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, vowed to break up tech firms by creating a digital bill and legal duty of care if they fail to protect children and young people on their platform. Social media...

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IBM suggests TSB ‘inadequately tested’ new IT system

A recent report released by the Treasury Select of Committee of MPs and compiled by IBM suggests that TSB didn’t carry out its tests properly before transferring five million customers to its new IT system. The meltdown began on 22 April 2018, when TSB decided to switch its system away from a platform formerly owned by Lloyds Banking Group. The failure saw hundreds of thousands of customers unable to access their accounts for...

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UK Citizens: Please Write to Your MPs Today about the Big Brexit Votes

There's an important series of Brexit votes taking place tomorrow.  The UK government will seek to overturn some sensible amendments made in the Lords, allotting just a few hours to consider many important issues. If you can, please write to your MPs today urging them to support amendments that will minimise the damage caused by the self-harming hard Brexit. You can write to your MP using the excellent WriteToThem service, which is...