• UK comms market set for shake-up as O2 and Virgin Media confirm merger

    In a potentially seismic shift for the UK telecoms industry, Liberty Global and Telefónica have revealed that their respective UK subsidiaries, cable company Virgin Media and mobile operator O2, are to merge their operations.

    The 50-50 joint venture, expected to close around the middle of 2021 subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions, will create what the partners say will be the UK’s leading integrated fixed-mobile communications provider with more than 46 million video, broadband and mobile subscribers in the country with and an estimated £11bn of revenue.

    The deal will combine O2’s core network of mobile users as well

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  • Facebook announces oversight board members

    Facebook has announced the first 20 members of its oversight board, a new independent body responsible for content governance, moderation and enforcement.

    The board will have the power to overturn decisions made by the company or its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, regarding content on Facebook and Instagram, and will also be able to make policy recommendations based on its case decisions.

    “The board will review whether content is consistent with Facebook and Instagram’s policies and values, as well as a commitment to upholding freedom of expression within the framework of international norms of human rights,” said the oversight board website.

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  • App launched to support social care workers through coronavirus

    NHSX and NHS Business Services Authority have launched a new app to support 1.5 million adult social care staff with digital guidance and support resources.

    The Care Workforce tool will cover workers operating across 18,000 care providers in England. As the social care workforce gets expanded through a new recruitment campaign, the app is intended as a single digital hub for guidance relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as advice around mental wellbeing and discounts for social care staff.

    Beyond the current public health emergency, there are plans to evolve the mobile tool, which is being launched under the

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