UK plans social media and internet watchdog

The paper suggests: establishing an independent regulator that can write a “code of practice” for social networks and internet companies giving the regulator enforcement powers including the ability to fine companies that break the rules considering additional enforcement powers such as the ability to fine company executives and force internet service providers to block sites that break the rules Outlining the proposals, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “The era of self-regulation for online companies is over. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.” Discussing potential penalties on BBC Breakfast, he said: “If you look at the fines available to the Information Commissioner around the GDPR rules, that could be up …

My young son was ‘approached’ online. Does that make me a bad parent? | Zoe Williams

New UK legislation is badly needed to control the wild west of the digital world and unfortunately I know this all too well, writes Guardian columnist Zoe Williams No one in the world has done this before, Jeremy Wright, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said of the governments censorship, the scope of politicians to misuse it, these are things we understand very well and rather emotionally, from dystopian literature, from the warnings emitting from the darkest totalitarian points of the past. And while we may be able to see the outlandish results of a vast unobserved space, where people can say whatever they like to whomever they like parading past 15-year-old schoolgirls going to join Islamic …

Taylor Swift Talks Feeling ‘Really Low’ & Needing To ‘Take Years Off’ From Music – Perez Hilton

While her Instagram feed may look like all sunshine and rainbows amid the release of her new single ME! featuring Panic! at the Disco‘s Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift is letting her fans know that’s not always the case when it comes to her life. In a phone interview with the Zach Sang Show, which went up on Monday, the songstress opened up about needing to take a much-needed break to get into a more positive mindset. When asked how she keeps things “fresh” musically, Taylor shared: “It’s not always fresh for me. There have been times where I needed to take years off because I just felt exhausted, or I felt like, really low or really bad.” As Swifties know, the country-turned-pop star …

Beyonc Drops Trailer For Netflix Documentary ‘Homecoming’ – See All The Best Reactions! – Perez Hilton

Happy Monday to the Beyhive!! It was only just Without an official statement on her part, the Formation songstress just made her fans day with the release of the trailer for Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé! That’s one way to drop news! Featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the 37-year-old prepping for her headlining show at the festival, JAY-Z, Blue Ivy, and twins Sir and Rumi, all make appearances in the short minute and 43-second clip. Described as an “intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance,” the doc is said to reveal “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.” Watch the chill-inducing trailer (below): It’s no wonder Twitter is freaking the f**k out today!! While Bey’s new project won’t …

Journalist Rips State Department For Yanking ‘Courage’ Award After Snarky Tweet To Trump

Trump administration for pulling her “International Women of Courage” award after she snapped back on Twitter to President Donald Trump’s tweet attacking the media. President Trump’s attacks against the media are disgraceful.” Yanking her award was Aro was to be given the award last month to honor a series of investigative articles about how the Kremlin’s social media propaganda machine is impacting international societies and elections. She was one of the first individuals outside Russia — even before the U.S. presidential election — to identify the Vladimir Putin. Her work quickly made her a Aro said she was “just so happy” to learn that she had won the award. She was particularly pleased for the recognition because her work had “cost …

All The Hidden Clues You Missed In Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Video Betches

Last night, Taylor Swift ended the long wait for new music, and her song “ME!” has been polarizing across the internet (and in the Betches office, lmao). While I’ve already gone into detail on my feelings about the song, there’s no doubt that there’s a lot to unpack here. In particular, the music video is a four-minute explosion of colors and images, and there are no coincidences in the world of Taylor Swift. Whether you like her or not, you can’t deny that she is meticulous about the clues and Easter eggs she hides within her videos. Taylor Swift’s intense army of fans have already combed through the video and found a lot of hidden things, but I know that …

Our Craziest Predictions For The Final Season Of ‘Game of Thrones’

After two f*cking years, the long-awaited Season 8 of Game of Thrones is now well underway. And boy, we’ve got a lot to unpack here. There was incest, dragons, dragon rides, dead kids nailed to walls, hookers discussing giant lizards, an 80-minute battle sequence, and a woman drinking heavily despite being preggers. If you haven’t watched this week’s episode, stop reading right now and go read our recap, because this sh*t isn’t going to make a ton of sense to you. Additionally, although nothing has been proven yet, spoilers ahead, so gtfo and don’t @ me in the comments. Predictions for the end of our epic journey have been floating around the Internet since Game of Thrones kicked off years …

Elon’s Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

The dust has finally settled on Tesla CEO Elon Musk's battle with the SEC, LA is under quarantine, and the US is falling behind in SIM-swap hacking. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Elon Musk is getting a stricter Twitter-sitter Musk and the SEC have reached a settlement in their court clash over his tweets. The Twitter kerfuffle stems from an incident when the agency asked a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating an agreement that a Tesla lawyer would pre-approve all of his written communications—including tweets. Now, Musk and the SEC set stricter and more specific terms for Musk’s official Twitter babysitter, namely that it would be “an …

That ‘Coachella Herpes Spike’ Report Is Probably Fake

Just when I thought the Coachella 2019 coverage was really, truly over, leave it to herpes to come in and ruin everything. The internet was blowing up this morning after TMZ posted a report that this year’s festival was responsible for a major spike in people seeking treatment for herpes. At first glance, it’s a funny story, because Coachella is basically two weeks of people getting f*cked up and making poor decisions in the desert. It would make sense that a disease as common as herpes would thrive in this kind of environment, but this whole story is actually just nonsense. The source of the report is HerpAlert, a website that offers “online treatment and diagnosis” for herpes. Basically, people …

Gatwick drone pilot ‘could be insider’

How can a drone cause so much chaos? Anti-drone equipment for airports Gatwick runway reopens after drone chaos In his first interview since the incident, Gatwick’s chief operating officer, Chris Woodroofe, told Panorama: “It was clear that the drone operators had a link into what was going on at the airport.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The military deployed equipment at the airport after the drone sightings Mr Woodroofe denied claims the airport overreacted, describing the situation it faced as an unprecedented, “malicious” and “criminal” incident. “There is absolutely nothing that I would do differently when I look back at the incident, because ultimately, my number one priority has to be to maintain the safety of our passengers, and …

The humble billboard is having a moment

They were talking about how tweets (in particular one of David Cameron’s) can get lost amid the noise of the internet. They wondered: “Can we make sure it wasn’t forgotten about?” Four months on, the group has hired more than 240 billboards across the UK, having raised over £340,000. The posters feature old tweets or quotes from politicians who have been involved in the Brexit process. Image copyright Led By Donkeys Image caption A banner in Dover shows a quote during a 2011 debate on the UK’s relationship with the EU There’s another point, he added – not everyone who is politically engaged is on social media. “Taking [the words] off the digital, makes them more tangible. That move from …

Russias great firewall: is it meant to keep information in or out?

Vladimir Putin will soon sign the sovereign internet bill to allow greater monitoring of traffic Earlier this year, US officials briefed reporters on an extraordinary operation: they claimed to have launched an offensive cyber-attack against Russiapassing a bill codifying the countrys most ambitious attempt yet to wrangle control over Russias segment of the internet and its connection to the rest of the world. The block [the messenger app] Telegram, how are they going to make a sovereign internet? Nearly half of Russias internet traffic travels through an exchange point in Moscow called MSK-IX. In their book The Red Web, journalists blocked by the government in 2018, but the service had managed largely to overcome the ban by moving between IP …

Why I Stopped Shaving My Face And Embraced Life As A Bearded Woman

I first started growing facial hair when I was 12, about two years after I began menstruating. I was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital, where I was diagnosed with PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. When I was diagnosed, I basically had all of the symptoms they were looking for except for multiple ovarian cysts. As an adult, a spinal X-ray showed I have a dermoid cyst, which has teeth inside of it. These types of cysts are benign and basically harmless unless they grow large enough to twist and rupture. Some believe they are the remains of twins that were absorbed in utero. It didn’t take long for my mother to subject me to a variety of hair removal methods. …

Roseanne Barr Comes Out As ‘Queer’ & Twitter Isn’t Having It! – Perez Hilton

Roseanne Barr has come out as “queer,” and the Internet has A LOT of opinions about it! On Sunday, the former Roseanne star shared (and deleted) a video on her YouTube channel where she speaks out against the F-word, a pejorative term used mainly to refer to a gay male. Related: Here’s How Valerie Jarrett Feels About Roseanne Barr! The 66-year-old reportedly said in the clip: “The word f** is a really hateful word, isn’t it?… Especially when it’s, like, one gay calling another gay guy that. Hooo, have you ever been in the middle of one of them hate marriages? It’s like, ‘Wait a minute, we’re not supposed to say that word. How come you’re saying that word?’ … But …

UK to tech execs: Clean up your platforms or face ‘substantial’ fines

London (CNN Business)Tech executives could be hit with substantial fines and criminal penalties under new rules proposed by the UK government that aim to make the internet safe for children and other vulnerable groups. Europe has taken a much more robust approach to tech regulation than the United States, confronting industry giants over competition issues, data protection, privacy and tax. Calls for stricter regulation have increased recently in the United Kingdom after social media was blamed for the suicide of a British teenager and Facebook failed to stop the live broadcast of a mass killing in New Zealand. “For too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” Prime Minister …

Man Recovering From Surgery Wakes Up To A Stranger Cat Cuddling Him

That’s right when the man awoke from a nap he was met with a mystery feline cuddler cozied up by his neck. It seems the pawed stranger had wandered in through the door and decided the recovering patient could use some extra love. A man recovering from surgery woke up to a cat cuddling him – only he doesn’t own a cat Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: MettaBhavana1 Dave_Fouchey ian_elstub So who is this mystery cat? Falloon wrote, “He’s from somewhere in the neighborhood. It isn’t the first time he’s turned up to their house, but his first time he’s jumped up on Dad. Apparently, his name is Ziggy and it’s quite common for him to go …