Alesha trial told of DNA Google search

It was contained in an 89-page report which was compiled after a forensic examination of an iPhone 6, said to belong to the accused. Alesha accused had ‘fantasy’ killing chat Alesha, six, had ‘catastrophic’ injuries Woman denies killing six-year-old Alesha Alesha’s father ‘sold cannabis to accused’ Boy accused of Alesha murder blames woman Alesha’s body was found in a wooded area on the Isle of Bute on 2 July last year. The High Court in Glasgow previously heard Alesha suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. She was only days into a summer break in Rothesay when she was killed. The teenager has lodged a special defence claiming the crime was committed …

MPs give Big Tech a hammering

Facebook violations Select committee sessions used to be more genteel affairs, with civility and good manners to the fore. The incursion of television cameras, and the collapse of many other traditional forms of democratic scrutiny (including the refusal of many politicians to do sit-down interviews on TV) have changed all that, giving them spice and influence they previously lacked. This inquiry got testy at times – particularly because of the unconventionally brazen approach of Brexit donor Arron Banks and his associate Andy Wigmore (more of which below). There was also heat because of Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to show up, despite repeated invitations, which angered the committee. Their assessment of Facebook’s failings is unsparing and brutal. They say the company was …

Expedition targets Shackleton’s lost ship

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProf Julian Dowdeswell: “I must stress: sea-ice conditions are always difficult in the Weddell Sea” A scientific expedition in the Antarctic has set out on a quest to find Sir Ernest Shackleton’s lost ship. The team has spent the past two weeks investigating the Larsen C Ice Shelf and the continent’s biggest iceberg, known as A68. And this puts it just a few hundred km from the last recorded position of the famous British explorer’s vessel, the Endurance. The polar steam-yacht was crushed in sea-ice and sank in November 1915. UK team drills record Antarctic hole New map traces Shackleton’s footsteps The ‘monster’ berg: What happened next? Endurance should be resting on …

Katie Price backed by MPs over online abuse

Now MPs on the Petitions Committee want to give disabled people protection under hate crime laws. The politicians said self-regulation of social media “has failed disabled people” and internet giants must also “accept responsibility” over abuse. C4 adverts to feature online abuse Javid threatens tech giants over child abuse Internet laws pledged as firms snub talks When having fun on Twitter went awry for Brent “Harvey’s experience is not unique,” said Labour MP Helen Jones, who chairs the committee. “Social media is rife with horrendous, degrading and dehumanising comments about people with disabilities. “The law on online abuse is not fit for purpose and it is truly shameful that disabled people have been forced off social media while their abusers …

Inside the illegal world of dogfighting

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA BBC undercover investigation revealed an international dogfighting network. Warning: Contains distressing scenes of animal cruelty A BBC investigation into the dark world of organised dogfighting discovered an illegal trade of fighting dogs stretching from Eastern Europe to Wales. The fighters face each other, ready. One rushes forward into a clash of jaws. The ground is already flecked with blood. The lighter one is winning, locked onto its opponent. The black one has lost the ability to fight back. Now, it simply fights for survival. Eventually it attempts to walk, but collapses, legs giving way, head hitting the ground. The fight is over. It dies the next day. In 2016 the BBC …

New year chill for UK housing market

“There is no doubt that the next year will be important for the housing market with much of the immediate focus on what impact Brexit may have. However, more fundamentally it is key underlying factors of supply and demand that will ultimately shape the market.” Where can you afford to live? Try our housing calculator to see where you could rent or buy This interactive content requires an internet connection and a modern browser. View affordability data by UK region View affordability data by local authority area No data high (£££) Unaffordable What does affordable mean? You have a big enough deposit and your monthly payments are high enough. The prices are based on the local market. If there are …

Self-harm images ‘groom suicide victims’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMolly Russell’s father told the BBC he believed Instagram had ‘helped kill my daughter’ Harmful suicide and self-harm content online “has the effect of grooming people to take their own lives”, the suicide prevention minister has said. Jackie Doyle-Price has told the BBC that social media companies must “step up” to protect vulnerable users. It comes after links were made between the suicide of teenager Molly Russell and her exposure to harmful content. Digital Minister Margot James is to reveal details of a “new regulatory regime” for social media later. According to the Daily Mail, Ms James will promise to crack down on many of the social media platforms that have “fallen …

UK ‘could ban’ social media over suicide images

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfter Molly Russell took her own life, her family discovered distressing material about suicide on her Instagram account Social media firms could be banned if they fail to remove harmful content, the health secretary has warned. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Matt Hancock said: “If we think they need to do things they are refusing to do, then we can and we must legislate.” But he added: “It’s not where I’d like to end up.” The minister earlier called on social media giants to “purge” material promoting self-harm and suicide in the wake of links to a teenager’s suicide. Molly Russell, 14, took her own life in 2017 after viewing …

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

Why did child screen advice not go further? UK could ban social media over suicide images How to limit excessive screen time Parents ‘struggle to get children off devices’ What did the new research find? Mums were surveyed (between 2011 and 2016) about screen use, and filled out questionnaires about their child’s skills and development at ages two, three and five. Screen time included watching TV programmes, films or videos, gaming, and using a computer, tablet, phone or any other screen-based device. At the age of two, the children were clocking up around 17 hours of screen time per week. This increased to around 25 hours a week by the age of three but dropped to around 11 hours a …

21 questions about 21 Savage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cardi B, Drake, Post Malone (l-r) are along the people 21 Savage has worked with If you’re not one of the 8.8 million people (at time of writing) who watched the video for A Lot, his latest single which is a collaboration with J Cole, in the first 48 hours of it being online, you might know 21 Savage better for his verse on Post Malone’s number one single Rockstar. Image copyright Google Maps Image caption 21 Savage: Atlanta via Newham? To lots of people 21 Savage is Atlanta through and through. He regularly refers to Atlanta in his music and has been a key part of the city’s rap scene for years. But …

Wales tops anti-Semitic Google searches

There are about 170,000 anti-Semitic Google searches in the UK each year, but CST did not include a baseline figure against which these averages were measured. Dr Rich, CST’s head of policy, said: “It’s hard to speculate about why it may have been higher in Wales – it could be because the Jewish communities are smaller so there’s perhaps more ignorance – a lot of racism is based on ignorance.” Hidden hate: what Google searches tell us about antisemitism today was compiled by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a former data scientist at Google, for the CST and Antisemitism Policy Trust. LeBron sorry for ‘Jewish money’ Instagram post ‘Shocking’ levels of holocaust denial Man jailed for neo-Nazi graffiti Related Topics Google Anti-Semitism Original …