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Facebook under growing pressure
to explain how it handles the data
of its two billion users.
Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg,
is called to answer questions,
following claims that personal
information about millions of users
was gathered from the site
without their permission.
A British firm, Cambridge Analytica,
is accused of using the data
for political purposes in the US
as regulators express concern
about the way data is handled.
Of course individuals should
be careful and think
twice about who they're
sharing their information
with but on the other hand it's
really up to the companies to get
this right and comply with the law.
And tonight, the head
of Cambridge Analytica
has been suspended.
His firm and Facebook both
deny any wrongdoing.
We'll have the latest.
A Red Arrows jet has
crashed in North Wales.
An engineer died, but
the pilot survived.
Heading for Moscow, the 23 Russian
diplomats expelled from the UK,
following the chemical
attack in Salisbury.
A BBC investigation reveals
young Rohingya girls,
who fled the violence in Myanmar,
are being trafficked
into prostitution in Bangledesh.
With the arrival of so many refugees
in the nearby camps,
there are even more vulnerable young
people for the traffickers
to prey upon.
And, a report from Kenya
on the northern white rhino -
a species now on the brink
And coming up on Sportsday
on BBC News:
Ashley Young backs his
Manchester United manager
after a tumultuous few days on the
sidelines and in front of
the cameras for Jose Mourinho.
The social media giant, Facebook,
is under growing pressure to explain
the measures it's taking to secure
the personal data of its two
billion users worldwide.
It's facing investigations by the US
Federal Trade Commission,
the UK's Information Commissioner,
the European Parliament and a House
of Commons committee.
It follows allegations that
information on millions
of Facebook's users was gathered
from the site and used for political
purposes by the British firm
That firm's Chief Executive,
Alexander Nix, was suspended
earlier this evening.
Our business editor
Simon Jack reports.
In the information age,
personal data is the new currency
and we spend it liberally
on social media platforms.
How old we are, whether we
are in a relationship,
what are our political leanings,
this can all be gathered and used.
Cambridge Analytica is a company
which does exactly that
and it is at the centre
of a political storm that has
rocked one of the biggest
companies in the world.
It started with an app designed
by a British academic that invited
Facebook users to do
a personality test.
270,000 people downloaded the app,
it collected personal
information on them,
their friends, their friends'
friends and so on until it had
information on 50 million
That data was passed
to Cambridge Analytica,
who allegedly used it to influence
the presidential election in the US,
using highly targeted messages,
a charge denied by the company.
The UK's data watchdog
said she had concerns
about the company for some time.
These allegations are very serious,
they came to the attention
of our office some months ago.
And on the 7th of March,
I issued a demand for
information from Cambridge.
They did not comply with that,
so now I am moving ahead to seek
a warrant so that I can search
premises and data.
The company worked on Donald Trump's
election campaign and secret filming
by Channel 4 News shows
Cambridge Analytica's boss
boasting about the role
they played in his victory.
The company denies any wrongdoing.
The company says Mr Nix's comments
did not represent the values
of the firm and it has now
suspended him pending
their own investigation.
Whether this tiny consultancy
was really involved in influencing
the US presidential election,
there is an old adage,
in digital marketing which says
if the service you are getting
is free, then you are the product.
Served up to advertisers
who are convinced that highly
targeted messages constructed around
information really works.
Facebook is also right
under the microscope.
It too denies any wrongdoing.
The US Federal Trade Commission
has launched a probe
into the company and has the power
to levy colossal fines.
The company has seen
$50 billion wiped off its value
in just the last two days.
So, could this scandal mark a moment
of reckoning for the way we share
and companies use our personal data?
I think for the first time,
things that people suspected
have surfaced thanks
to the testimony of whistle-blowers.
Now we are finally seeing
that the leaders of these companies
are being called to testify
in front of Parliaments.
They are being held to account
in the media, analysts
in the financial industry
are dumping their stock
as a vote of no-confidence.
This is a real moment where
it is going to incentivise change.
The facts of our lives are valuable.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has
built a fortune out of them.
Politicians on both sides
of the Atlantic want him personally
to explain how they are used.
In a moment we'll talk
to North America Editor Jon Sopel
in Washington, our media editor
Amol Rajan in San Francisco
but first to Simon Jack outside
Cambridge Analytica's headquarters.
Simon, tell us more about the
reaction now during the course of
These rather modest
offices, the second floor here have
become the rather unlike the eye of
a storm that has engulfed Facebook
and drone in the politicians on both
sides of the Atlantic. When the
story broke, Cambridge Analytica
said they had done nothing wrong,
that the footage and reporting
grossly misrepresented the position
of the company, the executives were
talking in hypotheticals. They had
changed their tune and they are
saying that the
comments of the firm and he was
suspended pending their own
investigation. We heard politicians
about today, Damian Collins, said he
wanted to extend an invitation for a
Mark Zuckerberg to appear in person
to explain how this information got
into the wrong hands. I should say
that the company does not deny it
worked on the Trump election what
came by this information, it denies
that it use that information in that
campaign. On the financial markets,
a lot of people rapidly friending
Facebook, its shares have fallen by
$50 billion. More than the entire
value of the Ford motor company.
Real implications for what is going
And to Jon.
There are concerns by regulators as
well. Yes. You're in the position
where Cambridge Analytica are either
telling falsehoods, which is not a
good look or it is telling the
truth, in which case, it could be in
a whole heap of trouble with
lawmakers here. They claim to have
been responsible for the entire
digital strategy of the Trump
campaign, of the crooked Hillary
campaign well. Leave to one side
whether Donald Trump will accept
that Cambridge Analytica were
responsible for the election victory
but some of the claims they make
about coordinating between the Trump
campaign and some of what they call,
super packs, that are meant to be
entirely independent of the
campaign, that would breach US
electoral la and that could cause
problems. Then there is Mark
Zuckerberg, if he has been called to
come and give evidence, he has a
bunker on his estate, I don't think
that will protect them from the rout
of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
And to Amol Rajan...
What is the pressure on the company?
Facebook is facing its biggest
crisis since the company was founded
in 2004. Tens of billions wiped from
its stock market value, you have the
resignation of a senior figure in
the company and the mood here is one
of banks and anxiety and investors
are getting uppity and talking about
rebelling. It has got to be said
that the response to this crisis has
made things worse. Earlier this
afternoon, there was a meeting and
Mark Zuckerberg was not there.
The Chief Operating Officer was not
there. I have just spoken to a
senior executive who said that they
were taking the time to gather the
facts and when the revelations first
came to light, the company said it
was not a data breach. It could have
been something worse, the mass
harvesting of the data of millions
of people without them knowing. This
is making people wake up that for
all its innovation, Facebook is a
mass surveillance tool that used to
be about selling products which is
now selling politics as well and
that has implications for western
democracy and Facebook have not got
their head around it.
The Royal Air Force has announced
that a member of its Red Arrows
aerobatic team has died in a crash
in North Wales.
The engineer was killed when a Hawk
jet came down near the RAF
Valley base on Anglesey
earlier this afternoon.
The pilot, who is injured
and receiving medical
care, managed to eject.
There are no details
about the cause of the crash,
as our Wales correspondent
Sian Lloyd reports.
The remains of the Hawk vast jet,
which crashed within minutes
of taking off from RAF Valley.
Two members of the Red Arrows
display team were on board.
Plumes of smoke were
captured by people walking
on the nearby sand dunes.
Later, confirmation came that
a crew member had died.
The engineer's family have been
informed, and have asked for a 24
hour period of grace before further
details are released.
A pilot of the aircraft survived
the incident and is currently
receiving medical care.
An air ambulance arrived within 20
minutes of the tragedy taking place,
and fire crews were quickly
at the scene.
As night fell, the
Peter Glover saw what happened
from his nearby caravan.
The canopy come off,
I saw a chute open, and the plane
just hit the ground severely hit
the ground, and a massive bang,
and a massive bang, then
a bowl of smoke.
The Red Arrows aerobatics team
are famous for their displays.
The two crew members had been
training on Anglesey,
and the jet was returning
to its base at RAF Scampton
in Lincolnshire, when it came down.
We're not expecting any further
details to emerge of what happened
until well into tomorrow,
but tonight, the thoughts of those
here and across the service
with the families of the two people
involved in this crash.
Sian Lloyd, News, RAF Valley.
Twenty-three Russian diplomats
and their families have left the UK,
after they were expelled in the wake
of the Salisbury poisoning attack.
They left on a plane bound
for Moscow this afternoon,
as Theresa May chaired a meeting
of the National Security Council.
Ministers have again accused Russia
of involvement in the attempted
murder of former spy Sergei Skripal
and his daughter Yulia,
as our diplomatic correspondent
James Landale reports.
This report contains flashing
It was dubbed 'expulsion day' -
the moment Russian diplomats
and their families began the long
journey home from their embassy
in London, sent packing
after their government was blamed
by Britain for the nerve agent
attack in Salisbury.
Those staying behind gathered
outside to hug their colleagues,
wave goodbye, and yes,
shed the odd tear, as the long
cavalcade of coaches and cars
left for the airport.
In a tweet, the Russian ambassador
bade farewell to his colleagues,
after what he called 'the hostile
move of the UK Government'.
At Stansted, the ambassador stood
at the aircraft steps to shake
the hands of the 23 departing
diplomats accused by Britain
of being undeclared
His embassy said that
with spouses and children,
about 80 people were leaving
in total in what's the biggest
expulsion of Russian diplomats
from Britain since the Cold War.
This afternoon, the Russian plane
carrying its diplomatic cargo
finally took off from Moscow.
finally took off for Moscow.
This weekend, British diplomats will
travel in the opposite direction.
Today, the Foreign Secretary Boris
Johnson confirmed that the former
Russian intelligence officers
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia have been in a coma since
they were poisoned two weeks ago.
Morning! What's our next move
against the Russians?
Ministers gathered to decide
what Britain should do next.
Russia's already announced that 23
British diplomats must leave
Moscow by the weekend.
In the end, the government decided
not to impose further
sanctions on Russia.
It wants to avoid a bilateral
tit-for-tat row and instead keep up
the European and international
pressure on Moscow.
A task made harder today
by the European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker controversially
writing to President Putin
on his re-election.
BBC News in Downing Street.
A two-year-old girl has died
after being pulled from a car
in the River Teifi in west Wales.
Kiara Moore was found
in the vehicle in the river
in the town of Cardigan.
Dyfed-Powys Police have described
her death as a 'tragic incident' --
and say they're not looking
for anyone else in
connection with the case.
There's been a bigger than expected
fall in the rate of inflation,
the latest figures show that prices
rose by 2.7% last month,
compared with 3% in January.
A small drop in petrol prices
and a slower rise in the cost
of food were some of the factors
cited, as our economics editor,
Kamal Ahmed, explains now.
Mixing in a new ingredient,
after over a year of rising
inflation, today better news -
the rate is falling, as food costs
ease and fuel costs drop.
Inflation can often start here,
firms that make the stuff we buy.
If their costs are cut, then prices
for us often go the same way.
There's not many costs
that are coming down,
but the two things we have
identified are distribution
costs for us.
We've definitely seen
those ease off, but also
in digital and technology.
For millions of people,
today's fall in inflation brings
into sharp focus one of the most
important issues facing the UK
economy - that income squeeze.
Prices rising faster than wages,
leaving people worse
off month by month.
Today, a glimmer of hope.
With inflation easing and wage
could that income squeeze be coming
to an end this year?
Before 2017, wages were rising
faster than prices, meaning that
people were slightly better
off each month.
Then last year that reversed,
inflation rose quickly
following the Brexit referendum,
which saw a fall in the value
of the pound and an increase
in the price of imports.
Now the pound is stronger,
the rate of inflation is falling
and wages are catching up.
Could those lines cross in 2018?
The impact of the fall in the pound,
of course, meant that imported
inflation was quite high.
That effect is fading.
Increasingly now we're
seeing inflation coming
from domestic sources.
So higher wage growth in particular
is driving up costs.
Inflation risk has not drained away
and wage growth will keep minds
focused at the Bank of England.
It's signalled that it will raise
interest rates in the next few
months to control any
future price rises.
Kamal Ahmed, BBC News.
A BBC investigation has revealed
that Rohingya girls as young as 13,
who fled Myanmar in the past six
months, are being trafficked
into prostitution in Bangledesh.
The undercover team filmed
traffickers openly offering
the girls for sex in Cox's Bazar,
the town nearest to the refugee
camps, where hundreds of thousands
of Rohingya Muslims now live.
The BBC's Mishal Husain
has the story.
A small city on the Bay of Bengal,
where the main business was tourism,
is now the hub for aid agencies
working in the nearby refugee camps.
But alongside the shop fronts,
the beachside bars and the hotels
of Cox's Bazar there's
an open secret.
After hearing repeated
stories about children
trafficked into prostitution,
we went in search of the evidence.
One 14-year-old Rohingya girl
we met in the camps,
and whose identity we've protected,
told me what happened
to her as she crossed
from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
Women came with a van,
they asked me if I'd go with them.
Not long after that,
in a building in Cox's Bazar,
they brought two boys to me.
They showed me a knife and punched
me in my tummy and beat me
because I wasn't cooperating.
Then the boys raped me.
I wasn't willing to have sex,
but they kept going.
We heard other accounts
from girls of a similar age.
A 13-year-old told me she was lured
out of the camp by a woman
from within the Rohingya community
offering her work.
With the desperate conditions
the refugees are living in,
her family agreed to let her go.
She came to my home.
We know her.
She said, "You're not
being fed properly, come
with me to Cox's Bazar,
I will give you a job."
When we got there, she put me
in a hotel in the morning.
By the afternoon, a boy
was put in my room.
He beat me and raped me.
I asked the woman,
"Why I should do this"?
She told me, "If you don't do
this, I will kill you."
After only 48-hours on the ground,
our team had identified a number
of people offering children for sex.
This was one of them, not only
boasting about his own collection
of women and children,
but of a network of traffickers,
all of whom had more than ten girls
under their control.
We had to be careful not to create
a demand and asked for girls
who were immediately available.
We were offered these three and told
they were all Rohingyas,
aged between 13 and 17.
We went to the police and told
them what we had found.
They agreed to conduct
an operation that same evening.
Our undercover investigator posed
as a client who wanted to have sex
with children and arranged
with the trafficker for the delivery
of two young girls to a hotel.
Bring the girls down here.
As we waited, the
trafficker sent a scout.
8.00pm, red hoodie.
He asked our investigator to go
with him, but we needed
the trafficker to come to us.
He's away with the girls.
He appeared to change his mind.
We are go, we are go.
But when the girls arrived,
it was a driver who was with them
and who collected the money.
How it's going?
14, 15, 16 and and two for you.
Ask him, if tonight's
good, can they get more?
We handed over around £140.
As soon as the deal was done,
the police moved in.
Come on, girls.
Hey, come here.
The girls were two of those we'd
seen in the photograph.
As they were taken aside
and into safety, they told
us they were 15 and 21
and that their families
depended on the money
they made from sex work.
What the two girls told me
here tonight reveals so much
about how they and others like them
get trapped in the sex
industry in Cox's Bazar.
They've never been to school
and have no idea how
they would support themselves
without this work.
And with the arrival of so many
refugees in the nearby camps,
there are even more vulnerable young
people for the traffickers
to prey upon.
and trafficking experts
helped us to arrange care
for the girls afterwards.
The younger one went
into the care of social services,
but the 21-year-old refused.
We handed over all the information
we had to the police.
But the trafficker is still
at large, part of an established
network that puts children into sex
work here and, as our
also sends them further afield,
to India and Nepal.
Now the presence of a large refugee
population, including many
is providing easy pickings
for the traffickers and another
danger for the Rohingya people.
Mishal Husain, BBC News, Bangladesh.
The parents of a 6 year-old boy,
with a rare form of epilepsy,
say they've been told that a special
licence will be granted
for their son to use cannabis oil
on compassionate grounds
to treat his condition.
Alfie Dingley was
joined by his family
and the actor Sir Patrick Stewart
as they handed in a petition
at Downing Street earlier today.
His parents say cannabis oil,
which is illegal even
for medical use in the UK,
will help control his seizures.
The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,
has suggested that plans to reform
the adult social care system
in England will include a cap
on the cost of care.
Mr Hunt has set out seven key
principles which he says
will guide the changes,
acknowledging that patients
with conditions such as dementia
faced a far greater financial burden
than those with other illnesses.
The Government is due to publish
its strategy later this year.
Our social affairs correspondent,
Alison Holt, reports.
Are you going to watch...
Charles, are you going
to watch Ginge?
The care system in England
is a punitive lottery
for people like Charles Major,
who has dementia, according
to today's speech by the Health
and Care Secretary.
Here at Woodbury Manor in north
London, he gets good care,
but his wife who used to look
after him at home had to fight
for the local authority's
support they needed.
They don't have funding,
enough funding, for everyone.
And I think you've got to really get
to the state where you're
at rock bottom before
they really take notice of you.
Here, care staff work alongside
NHS nurses to assess
the needs of residents.
The government sees more
integrated services like this
as a key principle for the future.
It also acknowledges staff
need to feel more valued.
Sometimes I just get frustrated,
fed up and say, you know,
the money is so small.
I cannot cope.
The pressures that come
with an ageing population mean
something has to change.
By 2026, one in five people
in the UK will be 65 and over.
By then, more than a million
people will have dementia.
But by 2020, councils in England
estimate there will be
a £2.3 billion shortfall
in care funding.
As the Secretary of State
set out his principles
for a better care system today,
he indicated a Green paper
on funding, due this summer,
will contain a cap on care costs
to give people more certainty.
They want to have a sense that,
even if they're unlucky enough
to get an illness like dementia,
which affects one in three over 65s,
it can potentially clean you
out of your life savings,
people want some security
and comfort that that
isn't going to happen.
At the moment, that is what happens.
Whilst the principles have
been broadly welcomed
to many in the care sector,
they want to know if enough money
will be there to fix
a system that is struggling.
It will only be real
if money comes with the principles.
He now needs to go and discuss
with colleagues in the government
the amount of funding needed,
both new money and the money that
currently may be spent in the NHS
that could be better spent
in social care.
And with the care system
already under great strain,
the Government knows it will be
under increasing pressure to make
sure that these plans for reform
really do lead to change.
Alison Holt, BBC News.
The northern white rhino
is a species on the brink
of extinction following the death
of a 45-year-old male in Kenya,
the last of his kind in the world.
His name was Sudan, he was put down
on Monday after his health
problems worsened significantly.
His daughter and granddaughter
are the only female
northern white rhinos left.
Our correspondent, Alistair
Leithead, reports from Kenya.
And then there were two -
the last remaining northern
white rhinos on earth,
now that the last male, Sudan,
has died of old age.
A subspecies of rhino ever
closer to extension.
One is Najin, 27-years-old,
The other is Fatu, his
The last of what was once a great
species that roamed central Africa.
This was Sudan, and for the last
few years scientists
and conservationists have been
trying to get him to mate.
They even put the 45-year-old
on Tinder as part of
a publicity campaign.
There was no other
animal quite like him.
It highlights first and foremost
the fact that human greed
and sometimes human activities that
are not controlled can drive
species to extinction.
The last wild northern
white rhinos were seen
here in Garamba National Park,
in the Northern Democratic
Republic of Congo,
but that was many years ago.
They became extinct
in the wild in 2008.
Well, Fatu and Najin are now
the last two remaining
northern white rhinos,
and obviously they're both females.
They're here under armed
guard 24-hours a day,
such is the continuing threat
to these animals from poachers.
They are now incredibly rare.
There are only 30,000 rhinos left
on the planet and Sudan
was unusual for his kind,
in that he died of old age.
Now it's up to the scientists
and a never before tried fertility
treatment in a last gasp effort
to save these animals
Alastair Leithead, BBC
News, in northern Kenya.
More than 50 years after The Beatles
were awarded MBEs at
Buckingham Palace their drummer,
Ringo Starr, has returned
today to receive a knighthood.
The musician, who was presented
with the honour by the Duke
of Cambridge, spoke of his shock
at being given the award
in recognition of his
services to music.
Next month a team of pilots,
paramedics and doctors
from the London Air Ambulance
will take on the toughest
foot race on earth.
It's called the Marathon des Sables,
and they'll be running 150 miles
across the Sahara Desert -
six marathons in six days -
carrying all their own kit to raise
money for the air ambulance charity.
And running with them will be former
patients and families
who owe them their
lives in many cases.
Sophie Raworth went to meet them.
There are some flashing
images in the report.
I remember wheels turning across me,
and then I don't remember the impact
as such, but I remember
being on the floor, and really
panicking because I tried to get up
and I couldn't move my legs.
She was deathly white.
She had lost a lot of blood,
she looked like she was dying.
Can you hear me?
Three years ago, Vicky Labrecque
was cycling to work
when she was knocked off her bike
by a lorry.
Vicky, what we're going to do now
is we're going to give
you an anaesthetic.
Her life was saved thanks
to a pioneering medical technique
carried out at the roadside.
So we really need to then crack
on and get her into the ambulance
and get her to the Royal London
as quick as we can.
I mean, if it hadn't been
for the air ambulance then
I wouldn't be here because they're
the only people that
do this procedure and,
if that hadn't happened,
then I would definitely be dead.
They managed to save her life,
but the surgeon, Tom Koenig,
wasn't able to save her leg.
Now, three years later,
he will be part a team of medics
and patients heading to the Sahara
to raise money for
the air ambulance.
Running alongside will be another
cyclist, who also owes her life
to London Air Ambulance.
I remember it happening.
I remember going under the wheel,
trying to get the wheel off,
trying to speak to the driver
afterwards to say sorry,
because I thought I was going to die
and he would have to live with that.
Chloe Baker, now a doctor,
was a medical student
when she was knocked off her bike
11 years ago.
The pilot who came to rescue her
remembers that day vividly.
This patient was self-diagnosing
herself and she, being a medic
of some sort, knew what she thought
she'd done, which is really
rare, and we've never
really heard of before.
For Chloe, just over 15 minutes
to get a trauma team
service right next to her,
I think that makes a massive
difference to any patient
in that situation.
Chloe now works alongside
the team who saved her,
and in three weeks' time they'll
all be swapping the London chill
for the Saharan sun.
Sophie Raworth reporting there.
Newsnight is coming up on BBC Two.