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the government tells social media companies to take more responsibility for harmful online content in a bid to protect vulnerable young people from self harm and suicide. 14—year—old molly russell took her own life — her father says social media played a key part in her death and his daugher had had so much to look forward to. that's gone. we have to come to terms with that. the hard thing is that's all gone. with the help of the internet and social media. we will be asking what more can be done to protect our children. also... the irish prime minister says the uk and ireland will need a separate agreement to avoid a hard border in the event of no deal. cardiff city's newest striker emiliano sala is missing after the small plane he was in disappeared in the english channel last night. tv royalty interviewed by a prince in front of world leaders — sir david attenborough tells him
it's difficult to overstate the urgency needed to tackle climate change. dearest queen, you are mad. neck and neck, leading the oscar nominations. the favourite and, for the first time, a netflix film — roma — both have 10 nominations. coming up on bbc news, cardiff city cancel training today on what should have been emiliano sala's first day with his new club since moving from french side nantes. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. molly russell was just 1a years old when she took her own life. her parents had no idea that anything was wrong. it was only after her death when they looked at her social media
accounts that they saw the dark world she'd been looking at online. today, amid a rise in suicide and self—harm among young people, the government has called on social media companies to take more responsibility for damaging online content. molly's father, ian russell, who has worked for the bbc, says he believes instagram was partly responsible for his daughter's death. instagram says it blocks and removes content which promotes self harm or suicide. i must warn you that this report by our correspondent angus crawford is extremely upsetting. this is the story of molly russell. molly was the youngest of three sisters. at the time, she seemed to be a very ordinary teenager. she was 1a. she was enthusiastic. she handed her homework in that night. she packed her bags and was preparing to go to school the next day. and then when we woke up the next morning, she was dead. it's just very sad and...
molly was one of around 200 children who take their own lives every year. since her death, we've been able to look back and just scratch the surface of some of the social media accounts that she'd been following. i remember this one. that picture. "this world is so cruel, and i don't want to see it any more." there are accounts from people who were depressed or self—harming. some of that content seemed to be quite positive. perhaps groups of people that were trying to help each other out. but some of that content is shocking in that it encourages self—harm, it links self—harm to suicide. and i have no doubt that instagram helped kill my daughter.
these are some of the posts molly had liked. dark, hopeless, relentless — and there is much, much more. # i tried so hard and got so far...# bleak music videos, posts, hashtags, take you to a world of self—harm. the imagesjust keep coming. most of them too graphic to show here, but easy for teenagers to find. and of suicide, images of nooses, pills, staged, stylised, romanticised. we couldn't believe that they wouldn't do something about it. they're easy to find, they're not hidden. and i think tens of thousands of children in this country are looking at them. we didn't know anything like that could possibly exist on a platform like instagram... we took molly's story to the suicide prevention minister. what are your first thoughts on that? well...
what a waste. she says social media companies have got to change. we're in dialogue with the providers. and rest assured, if they can't clean up their act, if they can't up their performance, we will look at regulation. certain hashtags and search terms monitored by instagram do trigger an automatic warning with links to help. but users can simply ignore it. instagram refused our request for an interview, but in a statement said... "we work closely with experts across the world to provide the instagram community with support. we do not allow content that promotes or glorifies eating disorders, self—harm or suicide and will remove content of this kind." she left some notes. she tried to explain how she felt. "i'm sorry, i did this because of me." for her family, though,
there are still too many unanswered questions about molly's death. bless you, molly. anyone who knew molly was looking forward to the way she would grow up, to the person she would become. she had so much to offer. and that's gone. with the help of the internet and social media. and angus is with me now. that will terrify so many parents. what more can be done to protect our children? well, parenting and the digital age is extremely difficult. but advice from the charities working in this area are twofold. first, try and engage with your children's social media habits if you can. secondly, don't be silent.
talk about these issues. if you think something is wrong, ask what is wrong. what is the government up to? at the moment it is talking to tech companies in a really loud voice, asking for change. it is also carrying a big stick. the internet giants have been warned, the tripwire has been set. if they don't put their house in order, legislation may be on its way, and soon. what about tech companies? they say they remove bad content, as you saw in the report, they offer help and support. they content with their algorithms. but the same algorithms that deliver harmful material also deliver good material, adverts, and as a result, company profits. so change will not be easy. angus crawford, thank you. if you are feeling emotionally distressed and would like details of organisations which offer?advice and support, ?go online to bbc.co.uk/actionline or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information 0800 066 066. the irish prime minister leo vardakar has suggested that
if the uk leaves the eu without a formal deal, they would have to work out a separate arrangement to protect trade and the peace process. the controversial backstop, the guarantee against a return to a hard border in ireland if there is no long term trade deal, is the main reason that so many mps rejected theresa may's eu deal in parliament last week. today mps put forward further ideas of how to break the deadlock. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. good morning, mr gove. another cabinet get—together. not of them know how brexit will end up and despite the crushing defeat in the commons, all of them say they are behind theresa may's search for ideal parliament might support. they are still backing her, for now. young anyone in that house that wa nts to young anyone in that house that wants to avoid no—deal as passionately as i do, he wants to deliver brexit as much as i do and
avoid a peoples referendum, which i think would be another extension of these really tough conversations, needs to come together and support the deal. but the deadlock goes on. today, a blunt warning from brussels that britain leaving with no deal would mean freedom from checks on the irish border. if you push me to speculate on what might happen in a no—deal scenario, in ireland, speculate on what might happen in a no—dealscenario, in ireland, i think it is pretty obvious. you would have a hardboard. the border has been a big obstacle to a deal. the so—called backstop plan says the uk could stay inside eu customs rules and northern ireland could be closer, to avoid stops and checks, avoiding a hardboard if no final trade deal is ready by the end of 2021 and maybe longer. brexiteers fear being stuck under eu rules for yea rs. fear being stuck under eu rules for years. the democratic unionists demand the same rules for the whole of the uk. ireland's prime minister insists deal or no deal, staying
under eu rules is the only way to avoid a hardboard. we would have to negotiate on customs regulations that meant full alignment, so there would be no hardboard. the warning to westminster was clear. if the brexit deadlock is not broken, it is not just a threat to britain brexit deadlock is not broken, it is notjust a threat to britain and the economy, it threatens the border free relationship that helped underpin peace on the island of ireland. a no—deal brexit is already a chilling thought to some, and ministers are split. thejustice secretary wa nts ministers are split. thejustice secretary wants mrs may to rule out leaving with no deal, and amber rudd wa nts tory leaving with no deal, and amber rudd wants tory ministers to be % toj to stop no—deal happening. vote to stop no—deal happening. rumours inside government suggest other ministers want the same. now, there are moves by mps on both main parties to stop the uk leaving with no deal. business needs certainty. it needs to be no deal taken off the table and it needs that now. the point of the amendment is to demonstrate the strength of support
in parliament or ruling out a no—deal brexit. in parliament or ruling out a no-deal brexit. will you have the labour leadership behind you? no-deal brexit. will you have the labour leadership behind you ?ij no-deal brexit. will you have the labour leadership behind you? i am confident across parliament, across all parties, there is a strong view that we cannot crash out on the 29th of march without a deal. the labour leadership could swing behind the latest moves to force mrs may's hand. various mps putting down proposals to stop a no—deal brexit, could the leadership back that now? labour wants to stop a no—deal because of the damage it will do. if a resolution comes forward, in principle, we can back it. theresa may has been under constant pressure from brexiteers on one side and pro—european tories on the other. now she is being warned that the no—deal brexit she has consistently refused to rule out could deliver the hard irish border all sides say they want to avoid. there is no clear way to reconcile these competing demands. time is running out fast. something has to give. so far, no one is giving an inch. john
pienaar, bbc news, westminster. authorities have temporarily suspended a search for a small aircraft carrying cardiff city's new signing, the argentinian emiliano sala, that went missing over the english channel last night. the 28—year—old striker was flying to cardiff after saying goodbye to his teammates in france. but all contact was lost with the plane just off the coast of guernsey. the plane's pilot is also missing, and the search is expected to resume tomorrow morning. from cardiff, jon kay reports. he only signed for cardiff city at the weekend and was due to meet his new team—mates today, but tonight emiliano sala is missing. he was so happy tojoin cardiff city. we have a lot of fans and supporters who is very concerned, and we can understand their concern, and we are too. emiliano sala had played for the french club nantes for the last four years. last night, he was the only passenger on a light aircraft flying from there to cardiff, but the plane lost contact off alderney in the channel islands.
the pilot has not been named. we've now searched over 1000 square miles of sea, by day and night. the search continues, using assets from the uk and france, alongside our own channel islands search assets. some items have been spotted floating in the sea, but rescue teams don't know yet if they're from the missing plane. in argentina, the striker‘s father told a tv channel he was desperate for news. our thoughts are with his family, the pilot's family... in cardiff, they had hoped their record signing would bring much—needed luck. he looked the type of player and the type of person that the fans would have taken to. they'd already started making up songs for him, to sing about him on the terrace, you know, it's heartbreaking, really, really heartbreaking. emiliano sala had posed with cardiff fans at the weekend, and last night before boarding the plane, he tweeted this message to his french club — it means "the last goodbye". just ten weeks ago, leicester city
played their first match here, after the terrible helicopter crash that claimed five lives. back then, it was cardiff city fans that were providing comfort. tonight, the footballing world is sending best wishes to this club, while hoping, against hope, for some positive news. new figures show that a record number of people are in work. figures from the office for national statistics put the total at 32.5 million — the highest since records began in 1971. meanwhile, the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1975 — it stands at 4%. the bakery and cafe chain patisserie valerie has collapsed into administration putting more than 3,000 jobs at risk. the company said attempted rescue talks with banks had failed. in october patisserie valerie
said it had uncovered "significa nt, and potentially fraudulent accounting irregularities". our business correspondent emma simpson is here. this is not your usual high street collapse? this company was valued last year at nearly half £1 billion, generating a lot of profits. cafe and cake. but in october a black hole was discovered in its finances, a case of potential fraud and then the company said it was far worse than expected. sauber have been rescued talks with lenders which have failed and it is now in administration. and tonight the administrators are saying that 70 outlets are to close straightaway and the remaining 121 will continue to trade while the search for a buyer begins. they hope that there will be interest in the
job losses will be significant. it was a stock market darling and has gone from hero to zero in four months. shareholdings wiped out. and one of the best known entrepreneurs in the uk is going to lose a large chunk of his fortune. the world anti—doping agency has decided against imposing further punishments on russia, despite it failing to provide data from a laboratory by an agreed deadline. russia's drug—testing agency was reinstated in september — more than two years after it was suspended over accusations of state sponsored doping. here's our sports editor dan roan. russia paid a humiliating price last yearfor russia paid a humiliating price last year for its state sponsored doping, its flag banned from the winter 0lympics its flag banned from the winter olympics and its competitors forced to compete as neutrals. today the
world anti—doping agency decided against a suspension because the data has been handed over it now. the head of the organisation told me it was a key breakthrough. the head of the organisation told me it was a key breakthroughm the head of the organisation told me it was a key breakthrough. it is a major step forward in the direction of what we're trying to achieve which is to get to the bottom of this russian saga and be able to identify those who have really cheated and be able to prosecute those cases. will boyde to be have all this identification and analysis but i think it would be a few hundred cases. russert is alleged to have sabotaged its own games in 2014 in structure. the conspiracy had been under way for years. london 2012 was hailed as the cleanest 0lympics 2012 was hailed as the cleanest olympics in history but since then it has become the dirtiest with almost 100 athletes having been
disqualified for doping thanks to the retesting of samples with one third of those being russian. wada will hope that armed with this data now from the moscow lab any other russian cheats can be brought to justice. but some western athletes are dismayed that russia has gone unpunished after missing the original deadline. personally i'm disappointed and disappointed on behalf of the global athlete community. i think we have been let down by the decision today. many athletes out there now are questioning the integrity of wada. the decision means that russia can continue to play host to the biggest events in support of the corruption that place here in this laboratory ensures that the fallout from the biggest scandal in sport will continue. our top story this evening. the 14—year—old girl who took her own life — the government says social media companies need to take more responsibility for harmful online content. coming up.
the family of the young woman — who died in a speedboat crash —visit the home secretary to push for more to be done to find her killer. coming up on sportsday on bbc news... stefanos tsitipas — the greek youngster making a big impression on and off the court by becoming the youngest man to reach a grand slam semi final since novak djokovic 12 years ago. prince william has questioned why world leaders have taken so long to take action on environmental challenges. he was speaking during an interview with sir david attenborough at a gathering of international leader and businessspeople in the swiss resort of davos. sir david told the prince that it was difficult to overstate the urgency needed to tackle climate change. from davos our diplomatic correspondent james landale sent this report. davos — playground for the rich and conference hall for the powerful. but look who's also here, a first—time visitor come to discuss climate change. a future monarch interviewing
a man seen by many as broadcasting royalty. normally, i have to endure people asking me questions, so it's quiteniceioium and his subject — the global threat to the environment. how urgent is that crisis now? it's difficult to overstate it. the mechanisms that we have for destruction are so wholesale and so frightening that we can actually exterminate whole ecosystems without even noticing it. but note this — sir david wasn't the only one with a point to make. prince william is no longerjust talking about protecting wild animals. why do you think the world leaders and those in key positions of leadership, why do you think they've taken so long, and there have been quite a few faltering steps to act on environmental challenges? what advice do you have for my generation? every breath of air we take, every mouthful of food that we take, comes from the natural world,
and that if we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves. turning specifically to the people in this room, what is your message to them? care for the natural world. treat it with a degree of respect and reverence. the future of the natural world is in our hands. we have never been more powerful, we can wreck it with ease. the question, of course, is whether this call to arms falls on deaf ears, because not everyone here is as concerned about climate change, and one of them just happens to be speaking here next, in exactly the same conference hall. the new president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, is sceptical as protecting the environment. many business leaders here say they do understand the threat of climate change, but now their words have to be matched by deeds. james landale, bbc news, davos.
an infection linked to pigeon droppings was a "contributing factor" in the death of a child at a glasgow hospital. scotland's health secretary has ordered a review into the design of the queen elizabeth university hospital. 0verall four patients are known to have tested positive a cryptococcal fungal infection. the hospital has put infection control measures in place — and officials insist it is safe for patients and visitors. the portuguese international footballer, cristiano ronaldo, has paid a fine of more than £16 million to settle a tax fraud case in spain. he appeared in court in madrid where he also accepted a suspended jail sentence. ronaldo, who now plays forjuventus in italy, en. the river thames —= in his absence — of the manslaughter of charlotte brown.
helena lee reports. this is the last picture of charlotte brown, on the left, with her sister. three days later, she was killed by her date in a speedboat crash. this footage recovered from charlotte's phone shows jack shepherd speeding along the thames. oh my god, you're going so fast. "you're going so fast," charlotte says. soon after, they crashed and the boat capsized. he survived, but charlotte died in hospital. jack shepherd had been speeding and drinking. his boat was also defective. he went on trial for charlotte's manslaughter last summer but didn't attend, and went on the run before his conviction. despite being in hiding, shepherd has won the right to appeal against his conviction. today charlotte's family met with the home secretary sajid javid. they demanded to know from him what was being done
to find her killer. the home secretary has underlined his personal commitment to see that shepherd is arrested and that the current manhunt is given the necessary resources and priority it requires. 0ur message is clear. there can be no hiding place forjack shepherd. the bbc has been told there are records of jack shepherd entering the former soviet state of georgia, with no sign of him having left. charlotte's family say theyjust want him caught so he can face justice. helena lee, bbc news, westminster. two films have dominated this year's 0scar nominations —the comedy drama the favourite and the netflix movie roma. 0livia colman is among the british acting nominees for her role in the favourite alongside her co—star rachel weisz. success too for christian bale who starred in vice and richard e grant received his first ever oscar nomination.
here's our arts editor will gompertz. did you just look at me? did you? look at me! how dare you! close your eyes! 0livia colman giving what might well turn out to be an oscar—winning performance as a potty mouthed queen anne in the favourite. alongside fellow british actress rachel weisz, who is shortlisted in the supporting actress category with co—star emma stone. i'm a servant. where would i get a horse? many of the scenes in the favourite were filmed here in the cartoon gallery at hampton court palace. which is now full of the costumes that featured in the film, including the one worn by 0livia colman playing queen anne in her nightdress. now, queen anne also lived here in the early part of the 18th century when she was monarch, using this very space for her privy council meetings. the favourite has ten nominations, as does alfonso cuaron's roma. a memoir of his childhood growing up in mexico city. it gives streaming service netflix its first—ever best film nomination and should cuaron win best director, a very
public platform from which to give his opinion about president trump's proposed wall. diversity is a theme amongst this year's nominations. black panther, a film celebrating black culture, is the first superhero movie to be shortlisted for best picture. along with two films exploring racism in america. spike lee's blackkklansman, for which the director gets his first nomination in decades. and green book, an interracial road movie whose stars mahershala ali and viggo mortensen are both nominated. you never win with violence, tony. you only win when you maintain your dignity. dignity always prevails. almost every single person has told me they like the way i sounded but they didn't like the way i looked. i think you're beautiful. lady gaga gets a best actress nomination for her starring role in the eight times nominated a star is born. she's got stiff competition not only from 0livia colman, but also glenn close who is on top form in the wife. there is less diversity behind the camera, there are no women recognised in either the best
director or cinematography categories. time for a look at the weather... here's susan powell. we had treacherous conditions to start with today with some stretches of ice and more recently some heavy snowfall. as you can see more showers to come in the next few hours and some significant accumulations especially do not exclusively across the hills. showers will eventually clear out through the channel through the later part of the evening. some snow flurries to the north and west and potentially the coldest night of the winter so far. there will be some sunshine tomorrow, we sit in a cold north westerly feed of air but we
need to keep a close eye on this feature which looks like it mayjust roll back into parts of east anglia and kent through tomorrow. and we could have some significant amounts of snow. some further flurries for wales, the west of scotland and northern ireland as well. a cold day with some lingering freezing fog in places. thursday a leather chilly day but a change into the north—west later in the day. some snow at first and then some rain. milder air sitting behind this front. and that will move across the uk into friday and temperatures returning closer to average for the time of year. but thatis average for the time of year. but that is short lived, the start of the weekend, temperatures suffering under the cold front with a cutting
last westerly wind. that is all from us. now the bbc news teams where you are. goodbye. tell hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. police in guernsey have suspended their search for a missing plane which was carrying 28—year—old argentinian footballer emiliano sala. the aircraft disappeared over the channel yesterday evening. we knew, we knew him then, and we really feel sad to hear of this news, because we had met