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Snapchat outage leaves users unable to send or receive messages

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Snapchat, the messaging app that has been engaged in a battle with its rival TikTok, went down for tens of thousands of users on Wednesday. Difficulties with accessing the Snapchat app, as well as sending or receivin...

Cabinet policy obliges ministers to delete instant messages

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Ministers and civil servants are required by policy to set instant messaging chats to delete automatically, it has been revealed, as a judicial review over the government’s use of self-destructing messages was given t...

PM’s ex-aide blames Whitehall staff for Covid ‘mixed messages’

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Boris Johnson’s former director of communications has blamed a lack of expertise in Whitehall for the government’s struggle to get its message across in the early days of the Covid crisis. Lee Cain was a key adviser t...

‘A lasting legacy of tolerance’: Marcus Rashford messages to be preserved

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Thousands of messages left on the mural of footballer Marcus Rashford in Manchester will be removed and preserved on Friday, to protect them from forecasted rain this weekend. A team of archivists and conservators wil...

Ofcom chief slams social media giants over Euro 2020 racist messages

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The head of Britain’s communications regulator will vow to take on social media firms over their failure to weed out online abuse this week, as she condemns their lack of success in dealing with the racism aimed at th...

Mixed messages mean a face mask muddle when law is lifted in England

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No wonder people are confused. When England takes the final step in the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, wearing masks will cease to be compulsory. And yet Boris Johnson expects masks to be worn in crowded places. T...

Jon Rahm driven to US Open glory by Harrington and Faldo messages

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Two weeks ago, Jon Rahm was playing the golf of his life at the Memorial at Muirfield Village, equalling the tournament’s 54-hole record at 18-under-par and opening a six-stroke lead over the field, only to be informe...

UK government admits ministers can use self-deleting messages

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Ministers and civil servants are allowed to set messages to delete instantly, the government has admitted, amplifying concerns about its transparency and accountability. The confirmation comes as concerns grow that se...

The Guardian view on rising coronavirus cases: axe the mixed messages

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Across the UK, the sun is blazing, with temperatures in the low and mid-20s, including in north-west Scotland. Is the government’s pandemic response now also “running quite hot”, in the memorable phrase attributed to ...

Friend of Christian Porter’s accuser may be forced to hand over personal messages about the case

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A close friend of the woman who accused Christian Porter of rape may be forced to hand over private communications including Facebook messages about the case as the former attorney general fights her attempt to stop h...

Legal challenge seeks to stop ministers sending disappearing messages

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Ministers could be stopped from using self-destructing messages to conduct government business, following a legal challenge supported by an alliance of transparency campaigners and university archivists. WhatsApp rece...

Nigel Farage’s new ventures now include paid-for video messages

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While Nigel Farage has adopted several guises over his public career, the 30-second video bouncing around social media this week presented a notably different image of the former leader of Ukip and the Brexit party. “...

Where ‘freedom’ meets the far right: the hate messages infiltrating Australian anti-lockdown protests

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In November, a user named Dominic D wrote something akin to a mission statement for the anti-lockdown protest group he runs on the messaging app Telegram. Dominic had been accused by another member of being associated...