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UK to save 1,400 of its iconic phone boxes

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The UK’s iconic phoneboxes have long been under threat but new rules may be reviving them

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is implementing new regulations to keep rural phone boxes operating.

Phone boxes located within areas with poor mobile signals will be spared if they are needed by local communities.

The telecom company predicts that over 1,400 phone boxes are located in such areas which is lower than the initially estimated amount of 5,000.

Additional phone boxes may be spared for other reasons such as those in locations with frequent accidents or suicides and calls to lifeline services.

Other reasons may include areas not covered by all four mobile networks or if over 52 calls have been made from it within the past year.

One service, Childline received about 25,000 calls, and around 150,000 calls were made to emergency services in the year to May 2020.

Some areas have been offered the chance to purchase and repurpose the phone boxes for one pound.

Over 6,000 phone boxes have been sold so far turned into local libraries or even defibrillators.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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Move over Black Friday, it’s Cyber Monday

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If you’ve still got a bit of cash left over from Black Friday sales, well today is Cyber Monday.

Officially kicking off today, the Cyber Monday sales are widely regarded as some of the biggest and best discounts you’ll see all year.

Some retailers are promising 80 percent discounts off top items.

Black Friday sales raked in a record $9.12 billion from online shoppers this year despite concerns about inflation and higher prices.

Inflation accounts for some of the increase this year, with people paying more to buy less.

Online sales for electronics spiked 221% on Friday compared to an average day in October, with top sellers including Apple MacBooks and watches.

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