Newspaper headlines: Facebook faces questions and Syria bomb claims


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Social media giant Facebook will face fresh questions from regulators after allegations that Cambridge Analytica – which worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign – obtained the data of more than 50 million users, the Financial Times reports. It comes after undercover filming led to the suspension of the company’s chief executive Alexander Nix.

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The Guardian also leads with ongoing allegations against Cambridge Analytica, which includes accusations that senior executives bragged about playing a key role in getting Donald Trump to the White House. Alexander Nix is alleged to have boasted about meeting Mr Trump “many times”, and another senior member of staff said the firm was behind the slogan “defeat crooked Hillary”.

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The i’s front page is dominated by a picture of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who has been called to give evidence to a parliamentary committee after the latest Cambridge Analytica allegations.

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A British surgeon who gave remote instructions on how to carry out operations in Aleppo via Skype believes his computer was targeted by hackers, leading to an underground Syrian hospital being bombed, the Daily Telegraph reports. David Nott thinks his computer was hacked after he sent footage to the BBC. Weeks later the M10 underground hospital in Aleppo was bombed, killing two patients and closing the health centre.

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been told to “deliver radical social care reform” after a keynote speech outlining the government’s plans for the under-pressure sector, the Daily Express reports. The front page also features a picture of the newly-knighted Beatle Sir Ringo Starr.

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The Daily Mail is more positive about Mr Hunt’s speech, which it describes as “a blueprint to transform care for the elderly”. The paper reports proposed social care policies include a possible cap on care bills.

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The Metro leads with news that BBC Radio 4’s Front Row co-presenter Kirsty Lang worked through her cancer treatment, after allegedly being told to become self-employed by the corporation. As she gave evidence to MPs on Tuesday, she also said she felt “betrayed” when she could not take bereavement leave after the death of her step-daughter, because she was self-employed.

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The Daily Mirror reports Guernsey is set to become the first place in the British Isles to have a suicide clinic. Politicians on the independent island are expected to vote in May on laws to allow assisted dying.

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The Sun says a YouTube app intended for young children still allows users to access a four-minute clip on how to build a makeshift gun. Its front page also features a picture of Declan Donnelly shortly after his professional partner Ant McPartlin returned to rehab after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. The headline reads “and poor Dec”.

The Facebook data leak involving Cambridge Analytica makes the front page story in many of the papers, and prompts widespread debate about online privacy.

The Financial Times says global pressure on Facebook is mounting over the revelations.

“UK demands answers from Zuckerburg” is the headline in the i. The New York Times says Facebook has built its highly profitable social network off its users, selling advertisements based on their ages, interests and other details. But the scrutiny over the company’s vast trove of personal data is taking direct aim at that lucrative formula, it says.

Gaby Hinsliff in the Guardian says this feels like a tipping point. Until now, it’s been difficult for many to visualise what the unauthorised use of social media profiles to sway voters might look like in practice, she writes. The risks in letting tech companies plough through our holiday snaps seemed remote. But, she adds, they are not so remote now.

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The Sun’s lead has another tech company in its sights. According to the paper, a YouTube app for young children showed a video on how to make a gun. It says the four-minute clip, which has been viewed 3.6 million times, was easily accessible on YouTube Kids.

The paper says YouTube has now removed the video from the app. It told the paper: “The YouTube Kids team is made up of parents who care deeply about this.

“We act quickly when videos are brought to our attention.”

According to the Daily Mirror’s lead, Guernsey is set to become the first place in the British Isles to allow assisted suicide. It says the parliament there is set to vote in May on a proposal to decriminalise it, although the law is not likely to come into force for at least another 18 months after that.

The paper reports that the chief minister Gavin St Pier is backing the proposal to allow assisted dying of terminally ill adults who are mentally competent and have been given six months or less to live. Measures to protect the vulnerable and prevent abuse of the legislation would be at the forefront of the plans, it adds.

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The formal dress code for Royal Ascot has got even stricter for 2018

Finally, Royal Ascot is renowned for its formal dress code – and this year will be no exception – and if anything, even stricter. According to the Times, event organisers have stressed that all racegoers must adhere to certain guidelines, even if they are not in the Royal Enclosure.

Bardot necklines – named after the French actress who made the off-the-shoulder look famous – will be banned, and fascinators will not be allowed either. For men, plain black and grey top hats will be the only style permitted.

The Sun adds that men who wear shoes without socks will be barred too. The cropped trouser look which exposes the ankles and is favoured by some celebrities, won’t be tolerated, it warns.