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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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Ireland haven for securities fraudsters

A LEADING commercial investigator has launched an appeal to the nation’s lawyers to help track down fraudulent investment companies. Martin Urch, head of chartered accountants Haines Watts’ commercial investigations and litigation support department, adds that lawyers will benefit from information he can provide on various firms. He says securities companies operating out of Ireland, which […]

Bristol Law Soc president to act for West

President of the Bristol Law Society Tony Miles is acting for Frederick West, the Gloucester builder facing mass murder charges. Miles, a partner with Bobbetts Mackan, takes charge of the case from Cheltenham sole practitioner Howard Ogden, who was dropped by West last week. Ogden, known in the area as Oggie, refused to comment on […]

Lord Williams to chair child abuse inquiry

Lord Williams of Mostyn QC is to chair the National Commission of Inquiry into the prevention of child abuse announced in March by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The commission will act as an independent body and will also make recommendations for a national strategy to prevent child abuse.

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