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That's all from the BBC News at One,
so it's goodbye from me.
Good afternoon, I'm Asad Ahmad.
The BBC has found the
social media giant, Facebook -
funding a project which uses
their messenger system -
to try and deradicalise far-right
and other extremists.
Users posting illegal
content in the UK -
and contacted in an attempt to
challenge their views.
But the method has also
been criticised by some
Catrin Nye has been speaking
to someone directly involved.
Colin Bidwell is a
victim of terrorism.
He survived the 2015
Tunisia beach attack.
He has since been paid to go
on Facebook using a fake profile
to message extremists.
It's part of a project funded
by Facebook themselves.
Be nice to people, whatever your
beliefs or religion.
For me, it's simple.
Researchers found people
were posting both extreme Islamist
and far-right material on Facebook.
11 people including Colin
were tasked with trying
to challenge their views
on Facebook Messenger.
Institute for Strategic Dialogue
was behind the research.
We were trying to fill a really big
gap in responses to online
recruitment and radicalisation
and that gap is in the
direct messaging space.
In all, 569 people were
contacted on Facebook.
112 people replied.
76 had sustained conversations.
And IST claim eight people showed
signs that the conversation
had a positive impact.
People like Colin used
fake profiles to have
these conversations -
Facebook's own rules.
I would say that we don't allow
fake accounts on our platform
and we don't advise people
to use fake accounts at all
in any circumstances
because they will be disrupted.
But you did here.
Exactly what the researchers did
in this circumstance was done
independently of Facebook.
The project has raised serious
concerns for privacy campaigners.
I think there are concerns over who
exactly is carrying out this work.
Even if the organisation itself
may have been involved in doing
research over many years,
it does not mean they are qualified
to carry out this quasi-law
I think it will make people
sceptical about the role of social
When are you not being monitored?
Only if they were specifically asked
were the people having
the conversations admit
they were doing it on behalf
of a research organisation.
Those behind the project argue
this was not deception,
but critics disagree.
Two men have died in a fire
in a flat above a shop
in south-west London.
They were pronounced dead
at the scene, after London Fire
brigade were called
early this morning.
Fire crews battled the blaze until
just before eight o'clock. Two men
unfortunately lost their lives. It's
thought that the fire started in the
first floor of the property and
spread to the loft conversion and
then across to the loft conversion
of the adjoining property. Crews
from eight fire engines, a total of
53 firefighters attended the blaze.
Another five people are in hospital
suffering from the effects of smoke
The number of vacancies
in key medical positions -
means women in London are the least
likely to be screened
for breast cancer -
compared to women
in the rest of the country.
A study by Breast Cancer UK
shows that a quarter
of mammography posts -
NHS England say "cancer survival
rates have never been higher".
The winners of the new London
Borough of Culture award
have been announced
by the Mayor of London.
is the 2019 winner
and Brent is the winner for 2020.
Each borough will receive
over £1 million - to help deliver
a programme of cultural activities.
The idea is to celebrate the unique
character of local people
and places across London.
London's theatres have had a record
breaking year with attendances
topping 15 million
for the first time since data
was collected over 30 years ago.
It means numbers were up by over 5%
on the previous year -
the Society for London Theatre says
the figures show London to be
the world's theatre capital.
You might remember
these from the 1990s.
But now, these Furbys are being used
as a musical instrument
by a performer from east London
who's got a strange knack of turning
old goods and junk -
into musical instruments.
To tell us more, here's our
reporter, Gareth Furby
- and that is his real name -
but he's not related to them.
We are inside a disused
building just off
the Mile End Road in East London.
A 27-year-old called Sam Battle
who is rapidly filling this room
with electronic inventions
he has built himself.
This is my lair where I make things.
Basically, I build this stuff.
They are musical instruments, often
made out of other people's junk.
When I'm very lucky,
I find it on the street.
I've never been shy of diving
in a skip when I see one.
While not recommending
you do this at home,
but this is a skill Sam has taught
himself over the past six years.
I was quite bad
in physics at school.
I didn't get very good grades.
But I'm just very
So, this just, kind of, works.
He starting to make a bit
name for himself taking
his inventions on tour.
So here are his top three.
In third place, the musical bike.
With a synthesiser
and a drum machine on it.
In second place, the mega drone.
I call it a mega drone because
one pitch would be a drone
but this is 100 of them.
The point is to see what it sounds
like. If it doesn't exist, build it.
But even that can't compared to his
newest and most ambitious creation.
At number one...
This is a Furby orchestra.
It takes 45 Furbys.
I found them in charity
shops, car-boot sales,
Each of them are assigned a note and
a key to sing, so they are singing
Of course, for someone who
shares the name, which goes back to
medieval Yorkshire but was adopted
by a tour company, this is all quite
fascinated. But even some bits he
might have created something a
I've made a monstrosity.
This is like Frankenstein's evil
monster. What have I done?
It's already a viral hit
on the Internet and soon they'll be
joining him on tour.
We should have wide up Gareth Furby
to that machine and see what
happens! It's been a cold one.
It's been a cold one.
Now let's check
on the Weather with Kate.
We have seen the worst of the snow
in parts of Kent and Essex but we
are starting to see those snow
showers move across London. We
are starting to see those snow
showers move across London. We have
had a light dusting in one or two
places but also some sunny spells.
The main thing is the bitter
coldness, it really is quite raw out
there. The snow showers from the
south-east have been sweeping
across, joined by a north-easterly
wind which is bitterly cold.
Temperatures at one if we are lucky
and factoring in the wind-chill it
feels a little bit colder. Snow
showers falling in the same places
as last night but could drift a
little further west as we head
towards dawn. Italy cold, -5 minus
six. We have one or two snow showers
around but gradually they are moving
west and north so a little bit of
respite from the snow tomorrow. Some
clearer and brighter spells in the
afternoon. The wind strengthens and
it could be quite strong and feeling
very cold. Factor in the wind-chill,
it is going to feel much colder than
the temperatures. For Thursday and
Friday, this low-pressure sweeping
towards the UK and it will turn to
snow so some disruption is expected.
That's it for now.
Riz will have our next
news at 6.30 on BBC One.
Until then, stay warm
and have a very good afternoon.