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Cassie Sainsbury's trial by media

The highest-profile Australian currently imprisoned overseas, Cassie Sainsbury, is detained in Colombia on drug charges. She was arrested at Bogota airport in April with 5.8 kilograms of cocaine in her suitcase. This week a planned preliminary hearing was suspended until October 20, when the prosecution may formally present its charges against Sainsbury. A trial date has not been set and is at least six months away. Cassie Sainsbury. Photo: Supplied Sainsbury’s case has attracted abundant media attention, as did the case of Schapelle Corby. But the attention is not serving Sainsbury’s…

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Social media data shared by spy agencies

UK spy agencies are collecting citizens’ social media and medical data, a court has heard. The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of mass data collection. It said it was concerned that the information could have been shared with foreign governments and corporate partners. The body which oversees UK surveillance did not know that highly sensitive data was being shared, it emerged. Facebook said it did not provide “any government with access to people’s data”. The long-running legal case was brought by Privacy…

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'Me Too' stories of sexual harassment, assault surge on social media

New York: Tens of thousands of women are recounting being sexually harassed or assaulted by flooding social media with the hashtag #metoo in the wake of claims against movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Their stories of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses, teachers and family come after American actress Alyssa Milano called on Twitter users on Sunday to post “Me too” to share their experiences of being harassed or worse. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Lisa Wilkinson dumps Nine for Ten Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:37 More…

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi facing corruption probe over World Cup media rights

PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi with world record signing Neymar Thursday, October 12, 2017 The office of the Swiss attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi and former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in relation to World Cup media rights. The new proceedings have arisen from an ongoing investigation into Valcke for alleged acts of “criminal mismanagement” concerning the awarding of World Cup media rights to certain countries. In a statement, the Swiss attorney general said the new proceedings involved suspected cases of bribery, fraud and…

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Rebel Wilson: Bauer Media to fight record defamation payout

A magazine publisher will appeal against a A$ 4.5m (£2.7m; $ 3.6m) defamation payout awarded to Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson. Wilson was awarded the damages by an Australian court last month after arguing that she had been wrongly portrayed as a liar several articles. The sum was a record for a defamation case in Australia. On Monday, publisher Bauer Media said it would lodge an appeal. “It’s important for us to revisit this unprecedented decision on the quantum of damages, which also has broad implications for the media industry,” a…

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Social media warned to crack down on hate speech

The EU is urging social networks to be more proactive in both preventing and swiftly removing hate speech. It has produced a list of guidelines that include the increased use of automation to stop removed content being reposted, and removing flagged content more quickly. Tech firms will be monitored by the EU in the coming months, the commission said. One MEP said automation should not determine the suitability of content. The commission, which said it might also consider further regulation, also urges social platforms to work more closely with authorities…

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Social media terms 'jargon-busted' for teens

A set of jargon-busting guides that teach children about their rights on social media sites has been published. Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield said Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp and YouTube had “not done enough” to clarify their policies. She simplified the websites’ terms and conditions with privacy law firm Schillings. But Instagram said the simplified version of its terms contained “a number of inaccuracies”. The slimmed-down guides are a response to the Commissioner’s Growing Up Digital report, which found that most children do not understand the agreements they sign when they…

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