Facebook ‘sorry’ for distressing suicide posts

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFacebook, which owns Instagram, says it is “deeply upset” by the death of Molly Russell Facebook has said it is “deeply sorry” after it emerged a teenager who took her own life had viewed disturbing content about suicide on social media. Molly Russell, 14, died in 2017. […]

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Girl, 12, was ‘hooked’ on self-harm images

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLibby used to post images of her self-harm injuries on Instagram At the age of 12, Libby, became “hooked” on posting and viewing self-harm images on Instagram – including pictures of cutting, burning and overdosing. Her father, Ian, says his family reported such images to Instagram, but […]

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Self-harm images ‘groom suicide victims’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMolly Russell’s father told the BBC he believed Instagram had ‘helped kill my daughter’ Harmful suicide and self-harm content online “has the effect of grooming people to take their own lives”, the suicide prevention minister has said. Jackie Doyle-Price has told the BBC that social media companies […]

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Sixty strangers attend man’s funeral

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“On the form from the funeral directors it said ‘this man had no friends or relatives, and nothing is known of his life’,” he said. “It just struck me as incredibly sad so thought we ought to try and do something to try and give him a good send off.” Image caption Guests attended the […]

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What I learned when I stopped shaving

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Image copyright Sonia Thakurdesai Image caption Sonia Thakurdesai feels more comfortable in her own skin after taking part Sonia Thakurdesai was “quite hesitant” about announcing her decision to grow her body hair. “I remember seeing a lot of tweets around the time Januhairy was getting popular, from both men and women, bashing it [and] saying […]

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Is it OK to take the pill every day?

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When taken correctly, it is more than 99% effective – fewer than one in every 100 women who use it will get pregnant in one year – but it’s around 91% effective based on “typical use”. There are lots of different brands but the most commonly-taken packs contain 21 tablets – one to be taken […]

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Body parts left piled-up as contract ends

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A former HES worker, who did not wish to be named, told the BBC the waste would be deteriorating. He said: “In the refrigeration unit there is anatomical waste, which is classed as body parts. “It will have been there for [at least] six weeks – under normal circumstances you would have tried to turn […]

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Reality Check: What should owners of old diesels do?

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Image copyright Getty Images The charge will apply to drivers of petrol cars that do not meet the Euro 4 emission standards only, which generally means cars registered before 2005. But diesel owners will have to pay if their cars do not meet the Euro 6 standard, which generally means anything registered before September 2015. […]

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How to win at 2019

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Your job Image copyright Getty Images You can’t even look at your credit card(s) without feeling slightly sick and clammy. Once again, Christmas has taken a wrecking ball to your finances and left your account in tatters. You wish one-click ordering had never been invented. So it’s back to basics. “When people are exercising, they […]

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More distilleries in England than Scotland

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The figures do not distinguish between distilleries that make whisky, gin, both or other spirits. But according to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), more than 66 million bottles of gin were sold in the UK last year, up 41% on the previous 12 months. The total value of gin sales in the UK […]

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