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Parents/Carers News

18 August 2020

Over the past six months Radio 1 Newsbeat has been investigating how social media is being used to sell drugs.

Britain’s most senior police officer when it comes to drugs says social media bosses would do more if it was their children dying from drugs bought this way.

Research suggests one in four young people are now seeing drugs advertised on their social media feeds.

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08 June 2020

A paramedic has described how a patient with symptoms of a heart attack refused treatment after reading on Facebook that she would die if she went to hospital during the Covid-19 crisis.

The account was among hard-hitting testimony given by medics to MPs about the damage misinformation on social media is doing to frontline healthcare.

The doctors called for tougher action on Google, Twitter and Facebook.

All three firms told MPs they were working hard to tackle the problem.

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15 May 2020

Facebook has agreed to pay a settlement of $52m in a court case alleging the company failed to protect workers tasked with moderating disturbing content from the grave mental health impacts of the job.

As part of the settlement, which was announced Tuesday, moderators will get a minimum of $1,000 each from Facebook with the potential for additional compensation if they have been diagnosed with mental health disorders, including PTSD.

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17 April 2020

'As these theories are amplified by celebrities such as Eamonn Holmes, Amanda Holden and Amir Khan, companies say workers are reporting new cases of abuse and harassment every day – despite the theories having been called out as false by scientists and governments across the globe.'

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