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Government U-Turns & Zuck on BBC

Government U Turns on Immigration Bill and Zuckerberg pops up on BBC

Yesterday the UK Government scrapped its policy to charge foreign health workers to use the health service.

Earlier the government also changed the policy that would have allowed partners of bereaved NHS support staff to be immediately deported.

This clip from Sky TV ends by saying that the public mood has changed and so has government policy.

And what is the chief driver of the public mood?

Opinion forming newspapers and television channels.

And Facebook:

In this interview from yesterday Mark Zuckerberg says he has taken down hundreds of thousand of posts that he disagrees with and that he expects an ‘arms race’ in the next US election.

He was referring to outside interference, but who’s to say he won’t pick a winner and act accordingly?

FB’s business model allows candidates to spread disinformation so long as they pay.

So the biggest threat to democracy comes from Zuck himself.

Of course BBC’s Simon Jack didn’t ask Zuck to explain his company’s involvement in the last Tory landslide election.

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