Who is vying for your vote on Facebook?
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by Petra Matijevic
2d ago
The Ferret analysed information about paid advertising on social media, posted by candidates for Scottish constituencies in the upcoming general election. We looked at who is spending the most money for adverts on Facebook, which constituencies money is being poured into, and which parties are hoping paid posts will win votes. Meta's Ad Library provides information about political advertising on its platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. The data includes the body of the advert, how much was spent on it, how many people were targeted by it and how many people the ad reached. Paid posts on ..read more
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Claim Scots could face jail time for having unregistered chickens is Half True
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by Ferret Journalists
3d ago
A Scottish policy around keeping chickens has been drawn into the international debate around personal freedom and government overreach. An AI-generated image of a man surrounded by chickens being arrested by body armour-clad police was widely-shared by a number of popular accounts on X. The image's text claimed that owning a chicken without properly registering it would lead to a £5,000 fine or even jail time. "6 months in jail or £5,000 fine if you do not register that you keep even 1 chicken in Scotland starts on September 1st 2024 it is for your own good!!!" Viral image Ferret Fact Service ..read more
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Flamingo Land: £186,000 Tory donor firm failed to pay minimum wage, claims UK Government
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by Jamie Mann
5d ago
The company behind the controversial Flamingo Land proposed development at Loch Lomond, which has given nearly £200,000 to the Conservative Party, allegedly failed to pay the minimum wage. Flamingo Land Limited, which donated £186,000 to the Tories between 2014 and 2022 - including £50,000 since the last general election - was named by the Department for Business and Trade for failing to pay £3,033 to four of its workers. The department said in February that Flamingo Land, and more than 500 other firms, had breached national minimum wage laws. Flamingo Land claims its £40m holiday resort bid ..read more
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Explained: Why are Scottish universities worried about money?
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by Ferret Journalists
5d ago
In recent months questions have been raised about the viability of the current funding system for Scotland's higher education sector. But where do universities get their money from? Why are their budgets stretched? And how does the situation compare to other parts of the UK? Ferret Fact Service explains. How are Scottish unis funded? Scotland's 15 universities have three main income streams; annual public funding from the Scottish Government, tuition fees charged on students from outside Scotland, and grants for specific research from the public sector, private companies and charities. In tota ..read more
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Billionaire who funded climate science denial group has given the Tory Party £100,000 this year
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by Billy Briggs
5d ago
An Australian hedge fund billionaire who funded a climate science denial group has given the Conservative Party £366,790 since the last election - including more than £100,000 this year. Lord Michael Hintze - who was handed a peerage by Boris Johnson in 2022 - is a major financial backer of the Tories who has also donated to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which claims to be a "non-partisan think tank". The GWPF is not transparent about its funding and stands accused of being a "major source of misinformation about climate change in the UK". It is based at 55 Tufton Street, London ..read more
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Universities on the edge: How can we solve the funding crisis?
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by Karin Goodwin
5d ago
Sitting in the midst of the usually buzzing Strathclyde University campus you might be forgiven for forgetting that - with three weeks to go till polling day - a general election campaign is raging across the country. Term finished last month and very few students are still here. Traditionally party leaders are concerned about the student vote. Some woo (think Jeremy Corbyn) with eye-catching pledges while others attempt to dodge the issue by timing elections, like this one, outside term dates (see also Boris Johnson). Then there are those who make promises on student issues which they don't k ..read more
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Claim Scotland to give back £450m in EU funding is Half True
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by Ferret Journalists
1w ago
European Union funding has become an unexpected part of the 2024 election campaign in Scotland, as the SNP-led Scottish Government has faced criticism over millions of pounds of reportedly unclaimed cash. Newspaper reports, social media posts and politicians have made similar claims about the Scottish Government failing to spend funding allocated to Scotland before the UK left the EU. SNP to hand back £450m of unspent EU money. Newspaper reports Ferret Fact Service looked at this claim and found it Half True. Evidence The claim that the SNP had underspent its funding allocation from the Europe ..read more
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Alarm over 174 security breaches at Clyde nuclear bases
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by Rob Edwards
1w ago
Two nuclear bomb bases on the Clyde recorded 174 security breaches over five years, according to information released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Between 2018 and 2022 there were 130 breaches reported at the Trident submarine base at Faslane, near Helensburgh, and a further 44 breaches at the nearby nuclear weapons store at Coulport. The MoD has not given any details of the incidents, but suggested that some were "minor". They could include lost identity cards, misplaced documents and data protection breaches, it said. The MoD stressed that it investigated every incident "no matter how s ..read more
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Scots Reform candidates slammed for 'liking' conspiracy theorists' posts
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by Jamie Mann
1w ago
General election candidates in Scotland for Nigel Farage's Reform UK party have been slammed for 'liking' and engaging with social media posts from a holocaust denier, conspiracy theorists and a senior Russian politician. X (formerly Twitter) accounts belonging to Reform's deputy leader in Scotland, David Kirkwood, and election candidate Kenneth Morton have 'liked' posts and shared images of their party's policies with far right activist Peter Imanuelsen. Known as Peter Sweden, he has previously denied the Holocaust and stated online "Hitler had some good points". Sweden is followed on X by Ri ..read more
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SNP under fire for 'exaggerated' oil jobs claim
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by Paul Dobson
1w ago
The SNP has been accused of spreading 'misinformation' over its key election claim that Labour's plans for the North Sea oil industry could cost 100,000 Scottish jobs. Leading SNP politicians have repeatedly used the claim to attack Keir Starmer's policy of increasing levies on, and abolishing tax incentives for, energy companies operating in the North Sea. Earlier this week, John Swinney compared the potential impact of Labour's pledges to deindustrialisation under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s and claimed they could create an "industrial wasteland" in the north east of Scotland. The 100,000 ..read more
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