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if social media is harmful to children — the father of molly russell, the teenager who took own life after viewing graphic content, is backing their call. we're not asking for people's privacy to be invaded here. we are asking for the data that is available — the data that those tech companies use and monetise — to be notjust turned into their profits but to be used for good. doctors are also calling for the tech firms to pay tax to help fund the research. also tonight... saracens, one of the most successful rugby clubs in the country, face relegation after breaching rules over players‘ salaries.
as glasgow pledge one of a number of british cities to go carbon neutral, we look at how it can be achieved. record amounts of cocaine are being produced in columbia — much of it ends up here. a special report on what's driving the drug boom. and making history — the scottish brothers break records as they become the fastest trio to row 3,000 miles across the atlantic. and coming up in sportsday later in the hour on bbc news: england are on top in the third test against south africa after centuries for ben stokes and ollie pope in port elizabeth.
good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. mental health experts say social media companies — like facebook, instagram and twitter — should be forced to hand over their data to researchers — so that they can investigate the impact on children's mental health. the royal college of psychiatrists says information on how children use social media — and how much time they spend on it — should be shared with researchers. the want tech companies to pay a tax to fund that research and say all new apps that are developed should be ‘age—appropriate'. here's angus crawford. molly russell had been looking at these online and took real life. protecting children like molly or what her father ian believes these
proposals are all about. we are not asking for people's privacy to be invaded here. we are asking for the data that is available, that these tech companies use and monetise, to be not just tech companies use and monetise, to be notjust turned into their profits but to be used for good as well. do you really think the tech companies will willingly hand over their data? i think the tech companies' first step seems to be a caution. they are very suspicious of people's motives, but i would hope the tech companies see the value of that. it is really important. it will save lives. social media is of course not totally bad, but it is important the harmful parts of social media are kept in check, otherwise that is what we will only hear about. how many of you use social media? learning about online safety is also of course a job for teachers, parents and the youngest users, some still at primary school. social media makes me feel very
happy because many of my friends live very far away. sometimes you could be talking to someone and they say they are some age but they are really not. some people could maybe feel a little bit sad with someone posting something and they could maybe take out their anger on someone maybe take out their anger on someone online and it could hurt someone someone online and it could hurt someone else's fillings.” someone online and it could hurt someone else's fillings. i use social media, other members of my family use social media, but certainly with my own children i would be very careful with what they are on and also keep a very close eye on what they are looking at and the content because we don't fully understand the parts —— the powers of social media or its reach. the government is planning a social media regulator and a legal duty of care, not popular with the tech companies. but today one industry body said...
for now, for molly and childrenjust like her, iain russell's works goes on. if in any way molly's story has helped and increased awareness that we have has helped anyone else, she would be very pleased. angus crawford, bbc news. eu citizens who fail to apply to remain in britain by next year's deadline will not be automatically deported, downing street has confirmed. so far, nearly 2.5 million people have been told they can live and work in the uk after brexit — but hundreds of thousands have yet to apply. they're one of the most successful rugby union clubs in the country — boasting some of the sport's leading players. but despite their glory on the pitch, saracens is facing relegation because the club has breached the sport's £7 million salary cap for players — something they've done for the past three seasons. they've already been
fined million of pounds. now they face being dropped down. here's our sports editor, dan roan. saracens training today having been told to prepare for the worst. the champions are on the banks of automatic relegation, having breached salary cap rules for a fourth successive season in the latest twist in a scandal that has stunned the sport. ultimately we all go stunned the sport. ultimately we all 9° by stunned the sport. ultimately we all go by the premiership guidelines. saracens have signed up to them, as have every other club. premiership rugby need to make a stance about it. because 0k, they have fined him £51; million, but that is retrospective so it is from the last three years. it is the here and now. last year the club was punished after being found to have failed to disclose property investments, but it has got worse. this morning the players were told the rules are being breached again. the club are set to be kicked out of the league. saracens have been trying to prepare for a big european match here on sunday, but the players' future is
now far from sunday, but the players' future is now farfrom certain, sunday, but the players' future is now far from certain, amid sunday, but the players' future is now farfrom certain, amid one of the greatest scandals english rugby has ever seen. although they have been desperately trying to off—load some stars to help balance the books, the players showed little signs of the crisis today. but interim chief executive ed griffiths was in no mood to talk. bbc news. saracen fans are wondering what the latest is? the dominant force in english club game, saracens, have regularly conquered europe and won the premiership for my out of the last five seasons, but that success has come at a devastating cost, to the reputation of the club and of the reputation of the club and of the sport. despite starting this season on the sport. despite starting this season on —35 points, such as the strength of saracens' squad they have continued to win and had looked set to avoid relegation this season, andi set to avoid relegation this season, and i think that partly explains the anger and resentment felt by their rivals, the clubs we met earlier this week —— who met earlier this
week and told the premiership in no uncertain terms something had to be done. there will be very serious ramifications now for the league, whose credibility is on the line, for the club itself here who face the risk of losing valuable sponsorship, of course, and fans as well, and perhaps mostly for their players, who form the core, let's remember, of the england team. just a few months ago several of them we re a few months ago several of them were playing in the world cup final itself and now they face the real prospect of playing in the second—tier championship. will they leave ? second—tier championship. will they leave? will they take pay cuts? will they go on loan? will they stick it out? this is a time of course when they will want themselves in the shop window for lions selection. the rfu tried to reassure them and say they would still have the chance of selection for england even if they are not playing in the premiership, but this must certainly be a very unsettling time indeed and certainly an unprecedented period for english by an unprecedented period for english rugby now. dan, thank you.
iran's supreme leader has called for unity within the country, and launched another fierce attack on both the us and european nations. leading friday prayers for the first time in nearly a decade, ayatollah ali khamenei defended the country's armed forces after they admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. he described the crash as tragic — but said it should not overshadow ayatollah ali khamenei defended the country's armed forces he described the crash as tragic — but said it should not overshadow the assassination of the country's most senior general, qasem soleimani. quentin sommerville reports. it's eight years since ayatollah ali khamenei led friday prayers. his central message hasn't changed much. translation: the evil us government keeps repeating that we stand beside iranian people. you are lying — even if you are standing beside iranian people it is just so you can stab them with your poison daggers. "death to america, death to england", chanted the crowd. thousands were bussed in from local
mosques and given banners away. the ayatollah‘s appearance, and these loyalists, are meant to project strength at a time of weakness for iran. looking down from above, qasem soleimani — country's ruthless regional fixer. his assassination by the united states has wounded iran. the accidental shooting down of the ukrainian passenger plane with iranians on board brought more trouble. angry crowds they faced the dead general‘s posters. in neighbouring iraq, iran and america continue their battle for influence. when iran and america fight, often it's iraq who bleeds. here in baghdad and across the country, there is a revolt against the government and against iranian influence. tehran has spent decades building up enormous power here. that power is now facing
unprecedented pressure. they have been on these streets since october and caused the prime minister to resign and parliament to agree a new electoral roll. but that's not enough. for many, iran and america are no longer welcome here. translation: i send a message to us and iran. we wish iraqis will not be either east or west. we want iraq to be ruled by iraqis. change was already coming here in iraq, but the killing of qasem soleimani on iraqi soil means it may come sooner. with enough trouble of their own, iraqis arson losing —— fast losing patience with america and iran. quentin sommerville, bbc news, baghdad. a former police officer, whose wife died following bowel surgery, has said he was "knocked sideways" after receiving an anonymous letter raising concerns about her care. susan warby died five
weeks after the procedure at west suffolk hospital in 2018. the inquest into her death has been adjourned so that an independent medical witness can be brought in. helena wilkinson is at ipswich coroner's court. john got the letter, he said an anonymous letter, signed not to mark months after his wife died highlighting mistakes that had been made when his wife was in care at west sussex hospital —— west suffolk hospital, one when she was given the wrong intravenous solution. the coroner investigating who sent that letter, and staff at the hospital when asked to give fingerprints and also handwriting samples to eliminate them the investigation. her husband told us today was quite surprised at the lengths the hospital had gone to to find out who sent him that letter but the hospital said staff were never
threatened with disciplinary action if they didn't want to provide samples to them, but they do admit some staff felt very stressed by the situation and have since apologised. the inquest here will continue once a consultant is called on behalf of the family. helena, thank you. a number of british cities are aiming to go completely carbon neutral by 2030, removing as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put in to it in a bid to tackle climate change. glasgow, which is hosting a major un climate change summit later this year, is one of them. it's promising to achieve the ambition by radically cutting emissions — and planting enough trees to absorb the carbon in any remaining fumes. 0ur science editor david shukman reports from glasgow, in the latest part of the bbc‘s our planet matters series. from a proud history as an industrial powerhouse, glasgow now wants a future that is carbon neutral.
no easy task in a city that depends on fossilfuels. its motorways encourage commuters to use their cars. the council's first move is with its gritting lorries. they run on diesel and are now being adapted to use cleaner hydrogen as well. they are as clean as possible... just one step, says the councillor in charge, anna richardson, of many needed in the next ten years. we need to work as quickly as we can to decarbonise this city, as do all cities across the world. a 2030 target is hugely challenging, certainly. and it is going to mean everybody has to work hard to achieve that. but in your heart of hearts, do you think you could ever make it? i think we need to give it our absolute best shot. the biggest challenge in glasgow is that most people live in flats, many of them badly insulated, and nearly all heated by gas. in this social housing scheme, an old heating system is being removed to make way for a greener alternative. it's gone down well. new pumps draw warmth from the air. by contrast, another project on one
of the poorest estates involved building this miniature power station. tenants we met described their shock at their bills, which went up by different amounts. worry, panic, anxiety. whether i'm gonna be able to afford it when the bill hits the mat. yeah, and anxiety to the point of illness. the scheme was imposed on tenants. now, to a certain extent, that blindsided us. james and nick, in these tower blocks, are among thousands of tenants in this particular scheme and cube housing association and sse, which run it, told us they are committed to greener energy and to tackling fuel poverty. according to chris stark, the uk government's independent climate adviser, it is vital that everyone's views are heard. there is a huge risk in foisting upon people solutions that have not had a full process of public consent behind that, behind them.
and that is the bit that we haven't done yet. already, more and more electricity, for glasgow and the rest of the country is becoming cleaner. here on the edge of the city, there are lands to expand this wind farm and to fit solar panels, but getting to zero carbon power is still a big struggle. as things stand, it is hard to see how glasgow, or any major city, could possibly be carbon neutral in as little as ten years. but the council says it wants to send a signal that at least it's trying. and this comes at an important time. because an international summit on climate change is due to take place here in november so the world will be watching what the city does. to find out more about climate change, go to bbc.co.uk/news or on the bbc news app. our top story this evening:
social media fans are urged to hand over details about how young people use their data. and the brothers rowing for 35 days across the atlantic. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news: a tough opening match for england's roses in the nations cup — their first meeting with new zealand after last year's world cup defeat. most of the world's cocaine is produced in south america — in colombia — and record amounts are being made. it's one of the reasons the class a drug is so readily available here, and cocaine—related deaths in the uk have soared in the last few years. now, the colombian government says
it's going to restart spraying coca leaves from the air in an effort to reduce the amount of cocaine made in the country. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan travelled to colombia to find out what's behind the surge in production. in the middle of the andes after a three—hour hike, i meet the foot soldiers of the cocaine trade. the farmers. how old are you? every two months, they harvest a crop of coca leaves. it is then around £75 a month each, mainly for what they do with the leaves. he had a variety of toxins including ammonia and petrol. the process creates this valuable paste
which people are willing to kill for. colombia's indigenous groups are under attack, murdered for trying to rid their communities of criminal gangs. this was one of over 50 members of the people killed last year, assassinated in front of his wife. colombia is producing more cocaine than ever before. a peace deal ended the longest running civil war but the longest running civil war but the agreement has allowed traffickers to expand their production and control of the cocaine trade. 0ne smuggler told me how easy it is to export the drug.
the smuggler often hides the drug among the vast consignments of bananas that head overseas. he says he sends at least six tonnes of cocaine to get up annually. how many of those shipments would you expect to reach europe? are producers and consumers of cocaine rely on each other but rarely meet so i arrange for the farmers to meet lewis who occasionally takes the drug. you never take cooking yourselves?
you feel uplifted, you have plenty of energy, but afterwards you feel terrible. the farmers advise turned lewis of cocaine but many others are turning to the drug, creating problems in both colombia and the uk. raymond buchanan, bbc news, colombia. and you can see more on this story on our world, colombia: the new cocaine war on the bbc news channel on saturday and sunday at 21:30. one in seven people in britain are said to be neuro—diverse — a term describing people with conditions such as dyslexia, autism or adhd. more and more employers are trying to attract people with neurodiversity — the intelligence agency gchq has been doing so more than 20 years — and a major record label has
produced a book aimed at making the working environment more inclusive. chichi izundu has more. so, this can be used to describe most neurodiversities. i typically use it to do either dyspraxia or autism. put these goggles on and what they will do is turn your world upside down. can you see? yes. now, try and shake my hand. pleasure to meet you. a small gesture that happens all the time in a workplace. but what if you are neurodiverse? neurodiverse people — those with adhd, dyspraxia, dyslexia and the autism spectrum — can sometimes struggle in a work environment. something universal music uk wants to change. they acknowledge some of their work practices and processes were probably stopping neurodiverse people from even applying forjobs with them. so, they did some research and have produced a handbook, giving tips on how to make work more inclusive. that's why we are doing it. you know, there is brilliant folks out there that we have already spoken to, as part of this research, that just wouldn't even consider applying to the likes of us,
or indeed many companies. but not everywhere operates like universal music. 31—year—old yvonne is a marketing consultant who works in a typical office. so, i am dyslexic. my d5 and bs tend to get mixed up, i don't easily recognise errors, in terms of spelling, punctuation and grammar. when i told my previous line manager, in regards to the fact that i was dyslexic, they worked pretty quickly and we were able to adjust my working environment to meet my needs. for people who can read very well but the odd word here and there they get stuck on... and, as nat showed me, support is available from the government and will be needed if employers are to tap into the potential of neurodiverse staff. chichi izundu, bbc news. let's take a look at some of today's other news.
support for the probation officer was woefully inadequate. the victim was woefully inadequate. the victim was beaten to death in a car park in 2015. his cooler was on probation for drugs offences and assaulting a police officer. the shadow foreign secretary emily thornberry has launched her bid to replacejeremy corbyn as labour leader. setting out her vision today in her home town of guildford in surrey, she said she would expose what she called boris johnson's lying and reckless behaviour. she also said the divisions within the labour party must come to an end. the actor derek fowlds has died at the age of 82. he was a familar face on television for more than 50 years. there was an old woman who lived in a shoe. poor old sole. he became a household name
as basil brush's sidekick in the early 1970s before going on to become the hapless bernard woolley in the bbc political satire yes minister in the 80s. in later life he spent 18 years in the long—running itv series heartbeat. three brothers from edinburgh have set a series of world records after rowing across the atlantic ocean in just 35 days. lachlan, jamie and ewan maclean are the fastest and youngest trio to row across the atlantic, and the first team of siblings cross any ocean. they set off from the canary islands on december the 12th and arrived 35 days later in antigua after rowing 3,000 miles. 0ur scotland correspondent lorna gordon reports. a record—breaking row, in a show of sibling courage. been a tough day. conditions are not great. in fact, at times, conditions were awful. lachlan, jamie and ewan maclean overcoming seasickness, dehydration and exhaustion in their epic row across the atlantic. being brothers was, they said, a help, not hindrance
when times got tough. after 35 days and nights being at sea, the body is starting to get some pretty sore aches and pains. after more than a month at sea, the end in sight for the trio of brothers. with notjust one record on the horizon, but three. cheering. it has been utterly incredible. and so surreal. being, you know, on a boat withjust three of us for 35 days. yeah, you are in your own wee bubble. so hearing other people's voices and then all the other boats, their horns start going off when you come across the finishing. bizarre. the maclean brothers said they had no rowing experience before training for their 3000 mile adventure. they have now raised tens of thousands for charity, in what one of them called the defining experience of his life.
lorna gordon, bbc news. we have seen plenty of sellers over recent days with clouds like these but it is going to become drier for the weekend. before that we have a number of showers moving along in bands. those will be with us for a time across england and wales but during the second half of the night it will become dry here and dry for northern ireland with showers becoming confined to northern and western areas of scotland where it is cold enough for the showers to have a wintry tend and as the sky is going to be a cold night with a touch of frost and the countryside. minus three in northern ireland. he changes on the horizon thanks to the stea k area changes on the horizon thanks to the steak area of high pressure that is set to build them through the weekend bringing set and sunny weather and that means on the menu this weekend it is going to be dry for most with plenty of sunshine but
the morning of starting off on a chilly note with some frost and that is how we will start the day on saturday. there will be barely a cloud in the sky with sun chain from dawn to dusk. showers across the north and west of scotland through the morning which will become confined to the far north—west later in the day. temperature is not as high as they have been this week. it is going to feel cooler with temperatures close to normal for the time of year. on saturday we do it again. another cold night with temperatures in the countryside down to minus fouror temperatures in the countryside down to minus four orfive but temperatures in the countryside down to minus four or five but for sandy another gloriously sunny day coming up. we have lost the showers and a bit of high cloud making the sunshine hazy and similar temperatures with highs of 68 celsius. it has often been wet and windy and just in time for the weekend it will be dry —— six to
hello, this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines: psychiatrists call for social media companies to hand over data so they can research what the online world does to children's mental health. calls for a public and anti cuts to the permission service following the inquest into the death of connor marshall who was killed by an offender who was on privation. iran's supreme leader, ayatollah ali khamenei, has appealed for unity, following anti—government protests last week, over the accidental shooting down of a passenger plane. it comes as the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, says iran must pay compensation for the shooting down