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The Guardian view on children’s social care: a heartbreaking market

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There are 80,000 children in the care of local authorities in England. At the current rate of growth of 2% a year, the figure will be 100,000 in a decade. If removing more and more children from their families was pro...

Lotus Beauty review – salon-set social issues drama only goes skin deep

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Lotus Beauty deals in desperately important subject matter. Set in a beauty salon in the midst of the south Asian community in Southall, west London, it includes themes of domestic violence, depression, stillbirth, im...

‘Phones are like a scab we know we shouldn’t pick’: the truth about social media and anxiety

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Most people think that phones are a bad thing for anxiety. Parents, in particular, believe phones are terrible for the mental health of children, teenagers and young adults. So, what is the truth? While I was writing ...

We are what we tweet: Wagatha, social media and the death of privacy

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Mid-way through his three-day, watch-through-your-fingers cross examination of Rebekah Vardy, Coleen Rooney’s theatrical barrister, David Sherborne, asked the following question: “Is this a joke or is it serious, Mrs ...

‘Wagatha Christie’ puts England’s legal system on trial in the social media age

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The “Wagatha Christie” libel trial opened with a cry of despair from Coleen Rooney’s barrister: “This whole court might just think: why on earth are we here?” After almost two weeks of court hearings, it was a questio...

New York to investigate social media platforms used by Buffalo shooter

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New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, on Wednesday said her office was investigating social media companies the Buffalo grocery store gunman used to plan, promote and stream the massacre that left 10 dead. James...

‘Think Before You Link’: app launched to help social media users detect fake profiles

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A mobile phone app has been launched that will help social media users to detect fake profiles and speed up their removal. The Think Before You Link app will help people to spot characteristics of fraudulent profiles ...

Social supermarkets offer choice and self-esteem to hard-up workers

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In the crypt of a 283-year-old London church, you would not normally expect to see displays of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish next to shelves of tinned food, toilet rolls and nappies, and customers with basket...

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrats divided on decision to join Nato

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The first signs of a backlash to a possible Swedish application to join Nato have emerged within the ruling Social Democrats, at the start of a critical month in which Sweden and neighbouring Finland are expected to m...

Four in five people in the UK believe in being ‘woke’ to race and social justice

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An overwhelming majority of people in the UK hold the “woke” belief that it is important to be alive to issues of race and social justice, according to a new analysis of public attitudes. Four in five Britons believe ...

Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts

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Doctors who share “misleading” information on social media could face regulatory action, according to planned new guidelines. Posts made on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are among those that could be scrutinised by th...

How many more children must die before we fix England’s social services?

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Something is going badly wrong in children’s social care, a system scarred by the names of murdered children. The deaths of Victoria Climbié, Peter Connelly and Daniel Pelka over the past 20 years prompted round after...

‘Voice of April’: Chinese netizens get creative to keep censored film on social media

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A virtual protest has taken place on China’s heavily monitored social media platforms, where netizens took turns to keep a censored video called the Voice of April alive and overwhelm censors. The six-minute short doc...

Pushing Buttons: Why there is still a bizarre social stigma to playing games

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Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian’s gaming newsletter. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox every week, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox (and spam) for the confirmation email. Today’s ne...

More than $3bn of social housing sold by NSW government since Coalition took power

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The New South Wales government has sold off $3bn worth of social housing during its decade in power, while failing to meet its own targets for new properties. New figures released through parliament this week show tha...

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