The Daily Telegraph reports that a “secret” unit set up by the government has been working with social media companies to “restrain critics” of lockdown policies during the pandemic.
Ministers have refused requests by some to take down the posts. The government told the newspaper the unit is “focused on helping them understand reports of misinformation online and attempts to artificially manipulate information”.
The Guardian says a “game-changing drug” can increase breast cancer survival rates – and reduce the risk of recurrence of the most common form by a quarter. According to the article, the “very promising” research was presented at the world’s largest annual cancer conference in the United States. It says the report suggests that a new targeted therapy called Ribociclib could be “transformative”.
“Unions line up for a year of rail strike chaos,” Daily Mail alert, as it says sports fans face rail chaos on Saturday. The newspaper cited the rail industry as saying the industrial action had cost £5bn.
For 21 years he has been welcomed in the homes of millions of Britons, the newspaper said. Now, he tells it he’s too scared to walk out his own front door.
The writers in both articles remind the reader that the heart of the story is “a person”. The Sun’s Showbiz assistant editor Clemmie Moodie – who interviewed Phillip Schofield – said: “The social media witch hunt must stop.”
At the end of the week I lead with the results of a poll shows that nearly two-thirds of British voters believe Brexit has contributed to rising food prices. The newspaper also said that 57% of those surveyed think leaving the European Union is having a negative impact on the UK economy.
I said “Brexit regret is growing slowly, but not enough to incite” the EU Rejoining movement.
The paper said the gallery, whose patron is the Princess of Wales, failed to explain the omission of what it called “a critically acclaimed 2009 artwork”.
“Finally you listen!” shout the headlines Daily Express – as the newspaper says banks are raising interest rates for savers. It says a building society is offering a typical savings rate of 9% – the highest in 12 years. Financial experts point out that most of the interest rates offered continue to be below inflation.