Thorold couple charged in elder abuse investigation

UPDATENiagara Regional Police have charged two people from Thorold in an elder abuse investigation.Officers went to a home to check on a female, after reports that she was being locked in a room against her will.They say they found a woman in a “state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state.”She was taken to a near by hospital for medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.Police have not released the 63-year-old’s name.Guenther Froese, 87, and Ruth Froese, 70, are each charged with one count of failing to provide to (a) person under charge.Detectives now have concerns that there may be other victims.Investigators have learned that the accused ran an adult care facility at 92 Pine St. North called Hill Crest Manor that closed in 1997.The victim is believed to have remained at the facility since the closure until the time of the arrests.Anyone with information are asked to call detectives from the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch. read more

Instagram vows to remove content that encourages eating disorders such as anorexia

Social media companies and the Government have been under pressure to act following the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell in 2017. The schoolgirl’s family found material relating to depression and suicide when they looked at her Instagram account following her death.The Online Harms white paper sets out a new statutory duty of care to make companies take more responsibility for the safety of their users and tackle harm caused by content or activity on their services. Compliance with this duty of care will be overseen and enforced by an independent regulator.Failure to fulfil this duty of care will result in enforcement action such as a company fine or individual liability on senior management. Matt Hancock today hosted a round table with social media companies On content promoting suicide and self-harm, he said: “The progress so far is ok but we need to do more and in particular we need to make sure the companies can find the material that is damaging and dangerous to young people and promotes self-harm and we have an independent body like the Samaritans that are funded to be able to be arbiter of what should and shouldn’t be taken down.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Matt Hancock today hosted a round table with social media companies Instagram has agreed to remove content promoting eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia after being challenged by the Health Secretary. Matt Hancock today hosted a round table with social media companies to discuss online harms including suicide, eating disorders and anti-vaccination messages. Instagram, the image sharing app, said it is taking action to remove harmful content which encourages eating disorders in vulnerable teenagers.The tech companies also agreed to pay the Samaritans hundreds of thousands of pounds to help them remove content promoting suicide. Mr Hancock told Sky News: “I feel the tech companies are starting to get the message, they’re starting to take action – but there’s much more to do. “Today the meeting was called to be about the promotion of self-harm and suicide material, but we also spoke about tackling eating disorders and some anti-vaccination messages which are so important to tackle to ensure they do not get prevalance online.” read more