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Parler attracted senior members of the UK government before it shut down, says report

Summary List PlacementMore than a dozen politicians from the UK's right-wing ruling Conservative party had joined Parler before the social network went offline, according to The Observer.  Around 14 Tory lawmakers had profiles on the app, including senior figures such as Michael Gove, Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and foreign minister James Cleverly, the newspaper reported Sunday. Other MPs on the app included Ben Bradley, who has frequently run into trouble for his Twitter posts, and Brexiter Steve Baker, the newspaper reported. The findings imply that concerns about mainstream tech platforms taking action against misinformation are not limited to US conservatives. Amazon removed Parler, which bills itself as a "free speech" alternative to Twitter, from its web servers last wee...

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When is the first Dancing On Ice elimination?

Dancing on Ice returns this evening (Picture: ITV)The current series of Dancing on Ice has proven one of the most dramatic in the history of the show, even before the first episode even aired. There have been a string of injuries in the run up to the series. Denise Van Outen was rushed to A&E after a nasty fall, while Yebin Mok suffered a horrific leg injury and was forced to leave the competition. But the show must go on as they say, and things will take place as planned despite a coronavirus outbreak on set initially causing some to worry. One of the strongest line-ups in the history of the competition is set to take to the ice for the new series, with the likes of Myleene Klass, Joe-Warren Plant, Jason Donovan, Colin Jackson and Rebekah Vardy competing. Christopher Dea...

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Online misinformation about the US election fell 73% after Trump’s social media ban

Summary List PlacementOnline misinformation about the US election fell by as much as 73% in the week after President Trump was booted from Twitter and other social media sites. According to findings by Zignal Labs, and reported by the Washington Post, conversations about election fraud fell from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 across several social media sites. The data indicates that tech platforms' ability to restrict the spread falsehoods is an effective approach to containing misinformation online. Zignal monitored social media sites for misinformation during the seven days from January 9. The US Capitol riots took place January 6. Trump was suspended from Facebook the following day and banned from Twitter on January 8. Zignal found that hashtags relating to the Capital riots also ...

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Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing on You’ Will Take Your Breath Away

NetflixPanning opening scenes of South Korean high-rises and spaghetti highways to the lush hills of North Korea, Crash Landing on You’s cinematography draws the viewer in before a human character appears. The South Korean drama, released last year on Netflix, was a cultural phenomenon in its home country, becoming the second-highest-rated cable drama in South Korea, with a nationwide average viewership of 21.7 percent—translating to 6.3 million views, according to Nielsen Korea. It was only beaten by 2018’s TV series SKY Castle. Crash Landing on You follows a wealthy South Korean woman who ends up in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea after being carried over the border by a tornado while paragliding. Yoon Se-ri (played by Son Ye-jin) owns her own fashion brand an...

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White Supremacy Is Threatening Our Military From Within

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyWe all watched in shock and horror the Jan. 6 attack on our nation by right-wing militants with insider knowledge of Capitol building security. Many were surprised and rightly disheartened to see several veterans and members of law enforcement among the ranks of the insurrectionists and white nationalists. Unfortunately, anyone with military experience and its culture knows that we’ve had a severe problem of white nationalists in the military and law enforcement for too long. I’ve witnessed it first hand during my career in military intelligence and counter-terrorism and veteran circles. This is not a new phenomenon; it’s merely one we’ve refused to meaningfully confront. For me, the aftermath of this attack has brought back me...

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The U.S. Capitol Is ‘a Building Like No Other in the Land’: David McCullough

Win McNamee/GettyPulitzer-prize winning historian David McCullough delivered this speech to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society in 2016, and it was subsequently collected in The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, from which it is reprinted here. So here we are in the Capitol of the United States of America on Capitol Hill, the acropolis of our nation. It is a building like no other in the land, wherein the highest aspirations of a free and open society have been written into law, generation after generation, where, time and again, brave and eloquent words have changed history, and where the best and some of the worst of human motivations have been plainly on display. This magnificent structure has been called “the temple of liberty”… “the spirit of America writ in stone”… ...

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Ask Amy: Our family’s chronic no-show blames illness but he never misses work

Dear Amy: My daughter’s boyfriend of seven years regularly cancels his plans to join us for an event at the last minute. Amy Dickinson They have lived together for over five years and he is well-liked by family members. He has not shown up for casual pizza parties, has bailed on attending entertainment shows, which my daughter has paid for, and dropped out of helping us move furniture, causing me to scramble and find someone else. Last Christmas, he showed up, brought in presents from their car, then sat in the car insisting my daughter drive him home. On Thanksgiving, he called at the time we were going to eat to say he wasn’t coming. The reasons for these many events? Migraines, upset stomach, colds, etc. He occasionally apologizes. Related Articles Ask Amy: The bride h

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook of ‘partial responsiblity’ for the US Capitol insurrection

Summary List PlacementRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook of being partially responsible for last week's violent siege of the US capitol building. The New York congresswoman, referring to Zuckerberg, said: "He is part of the problem. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook bear partial responsibility for Wednesday's events. Period." Speaking during a virtual town hall meeting on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that Facebook was " trying to do as much damage control as possible, but they knew." She added: "Not only did they know, but they allowed it." Read more: Banning Trump from social media is just a Band-Aid on a bullet wound,' critics say — but no one can agree on the best way to wipe out the disinformation contagion. Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Facebo...

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This Morning deny axing resident psychologist Emma Kenny after anti-lockdown tweets

Emma Kenny has been criticised for her views on lockdown (Picture: ITV/REX)This Morning has denied that Emma Kenny has been dropped from the ITV show after it was widely reported she’d been let go over her tweets about coronavirus. It had been claimed the presenter, who makes regular appearances as the show’s psychologist and offers her expert advice to viewers during phone-ins and various health segments, had been axed after tweeting anti-lockdown posts. However, this has been strongly rebuked by Emma and ITV. A spokesperson for This Morning told Metro.co.uk: ‘Emma Kenny is one of a host of expert contributors we continue to feature on the show.’ Emma also told her Twitter followers: ‘Well I’ve made the papers for no reason, but just to make it clear I’ve just signed a new con

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House goes on sale for £25,000 and it’s one of the cheapest on Zoopla

Caption: Cheapest house on Zoopla 2 ZooplaYesterday we took a look around a house in Chilton, County Durham, on sale for £29,500 and thought to be one of the lowest priced properties in the UK. But now there’s an even cheaper one on the market. For £25,000 – a tenth of the average property price in the UK – you could get a two-bed semi-detached house in Grangetown, Middlesborough. While the property is in need of some serious renovation, it could be a good chance to add some value. The outside of the house (Picture: Zoopla) The back of the house (Picture: Zoopla)The description on Zoopla says: ‘Located on the edge of The North York Moors National Park and a five minute drive to Redcar seafront and sandy beach. ‘The property is well situated for good local schools, shops,...

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Caitlyn Jenner ‘eyed up for Sex And The City reboot in diversity bid’

Caitlyn Jenner is being eyed up to appear in the Sex And The City reboot (Picture: ITV)Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly in talks to star alongside the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker in the upcoming Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That. It was confirmed earlier this week that the beloved sitcom is making a dramatic comeback, with Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon reprising their roles of Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbs. While Kim Cattrall won’t be revisiting her iconic character Samantha Jones, it’s bee claimed that 71-year-old former I’m A Celebrity campmate Caitlyn is a favourite to appear as a cameo on the hit show. According to the Mirror, bosses of the revived series are hoping to make the sitcom as diverse as possible after the originals were call...

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The Masked Singer UK viewers convinced Harlequin is Macy Gray

Viewers think they’ve guessed Harlequin’s identity (Picture: ITV)The Masked Singer viewers have been trying to work out the identity of another contestant, and they seem convinced Macy Gray is behind the costume. Viewers took to social media following Saturday’s show and claimed that they recognise the R&B singer’s voice. There have been a number of theories for Harlequin circulating since the start of the series, with Gabrielle and Kym Marsh two of the names people have put forward. It’s one of a number of identities which has proven tricky to uncover this year. The panel – Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan – have found things a little tricky this series But could fans be on the edge of a breakthrough? So far, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Mel B, and Martine

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Fred speaks out on Paul Pogba’s future and being called a ‘flop’ at Manchester United

Manchester United star Fred hopes Paul Pogba remains his team-mate for a long time (Picture: Getty)Fred has heaped praise on Paul Pogba and says he hopes the midfielder remains at Manchester United for a long time and continues to show his ‘indisputable’ qualities as he has been doing on a more consistent basis this season. Just last month, Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client was ‘unhappy’ and had to leave but the Frenchman has done his own talking on the pitch in recent weeks and looks to be enjoying himself once again, with the club sitting top of the Premier League table ahead of their crunch match with title rivals Liverpool. Pogba’s deflected long-range volley was the only goal of the game in United’s last game – their 1-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor – and the 2

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WWE WrestleMania 37: Tickets, date and location as live fans finally return

There will be a live crowd at this year’s event (Credit: Rod Mar)WWE has confirmed fans will return at WrestleMania 37 – which has undergone a date and location change as part of the announcement. The company stunned fans by revealing details for the next three annual events, with John Cena, Roman Reigns – alongside Paul Heyman of course – and Sasha Banks joining Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a brilliant parody video. Before we really get into it, the gist is that WrestleMania 37 will now come from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay in April, with WrestleMania 38 heading to the AT&T Stadium in Dallas and WrestleMania 39 going Hollywood at the SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. WWE boss Vince McMahon said: ‘On behalf of everyone at WWE, we thank Governor DeSantis, Mayor C

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Stormzy and Chip feud reignited with scathing new diss track as Ghetts speaks out: ‘Nothing to do with me’

Stormzy and Chip are back for round two (Picture: Getty)The Stormzy and Chip beef has reared its head again in 2021 after the latter dropped a scathing new diss track aimed at his rival.  Last year, the feud erupted after Chip claimed Stormzy pulled up outside his apartment with a group of friends for a confrontation.  This weekend, Chip brought the feud back to life with the release of his latest diss track 10 Commandments, which features jabs clearly aimed at Stormzy.  One line includes: ‘You got that contradictory flow, One minute it’s “F**k the government, f**k Boris” / Next minute you’re tellin’ people “vote” / Boy, you’re not a Christian, you’re a fraud / Crucify him, praise the Lord.’  It appears to be a direct reference to the lyrics on Stormzy’s number one single Vossi

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The Great Escapists review: Richard Hammond Cast Away series perfect solution to teaching kids science

Where Hammond’s going doesn’t need roads… (Picture: Amazon)The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond’s has had more than one accident on the open roads of the world, but in The Great Escapists he takes his accident-prone self onto new ground – or water, as it turns out. Joining forces with MythBusters’ Tory Belleci, Hammond learns to put his survival skills to the test in a fictionalised effort of life stranded on a desert island. Washing up on shore after a shipwreck, the six-episode series follows Belleci and Hammond as they try and keep themselves alive until they can be rescued. The time frame in which these adventures take place is not noted, but it doesn’t really matter – as the actual stars of the show are the big science set pieces that see them blowing stuff up, making electric

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