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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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The Leader Column

As Helen Power reports in this week’s issue, Landwell is facing some difficult decisions. In the spirit of free enquiry, here are some questions for the Landwell management.1. Are you entirely obsessed with form over content? Instead of Birtist management theories, diagrams, meetings, benchmarking and the like, who’s actually going out and getting the work? […]

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Whether you love or loathe incumbent Competition Commissioner Mario Monti, he has done his bit to bolster the flagging M&A market with the Schneider-Legrand saga. Bought and sold twice since last autumn, Legrand has kept lawyers in France and London busy during a dry spell.The big winners in Monti’s sale of the century are the […]

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