Labour MPs urge Starmer to get tough with government on Covid | Labour

Keir Starmer is facing pressure from Labour MPs whose local economies could be hit by the latest Covid curbs to take a tougher stance against the government’s approach.

MPs are expected to be offered votes on Tuesday on the 10pm pubs and restaurants curfew and aspects of the new tiered restrictions.

The Labour leader, who has adopted a policy of “constructive opposition” throughout the pandemic, said last week his party would abstain on any vote on the 10pm curfew.

But a growing number of Labour MPs believe the time has come for what one called “a parting of the ways” with the government on its management of the crisis.

The former shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said he would oppose 10pm closing if MPs were given a straight vote. The MP for Denton and Reddish in Greater Manchester said a briefing by the chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, last

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As Facebook prepares to outsource tough content decisions to its new ‘Supreme Court,’ experts warn it still operates within a dictatorship and can’t legislate a better government



Kevin Martin, Mark Zuckerberg are posing for a picture: There's a growing appetite in Congress for increased regulation of internet platforms like Facebook. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


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There’s a growing appetite in Congress for increased regulation of internet platforms like Facebook. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • Facebook is launching its “oversight board” in October, a pseudo-independent group that can review — and overrule — the company’s decisions on difficult content moderation cases.
  • The Oversight Board has been described as a “Supreme Court” tasked with interpreting Facebook’s complex content policies.
  • Julie Owono, an inaugural board member, told Business Insider she hopes the board can help resolve “significant questions” about Facebook’s policies and help it focus on areas of the world it has neglected.
  • But internet law and tech policy experts worry that the board, though well-designed, allows Facebook to outsource criticism in controversial cases while letting it keep the power to make its own rules.
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More than two years after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first floated the idea of

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