Several papers highlight the series of confidential emails between senior figures at Facebook, published yesterday by the Commons committee investigating “fake news”.
The Guardian says the emails show Facebook staff discussed selling users’ data to advertisers in 2012, before deciding to restrict such access two years later.
According to the Buzzfeed website, employees of the social media giant are developing a “bunker mentality”, following two years “teeming with scandals and missteps”.
A former senior Facebook member of staff is quoted as saying the company has been “under siege for 600 days” – and the only survival strategy for employees is to quit, or fully buy into the narrative that the press are ganging up on the firm.
With the headline, “Is nothing private any more?”, the Daily Mail says it can reveal the “disturbing scale” of the personal data harvested and traded by major multi-nationals.
The paper accuses “some of our best-known companies” of engaging in the practice, and claims to have found that health details, voice recordings and copies of passports can be at risk when customers tick an online consent box.
Heading for ‘catastrophic’ defeat?
Brexit once again leads many papers. The Daily Telegraph claims the EU could offer Theresa May the chance to delay things, if MPs reject her deal next week. It says European leaders are ready to discuss extending the Article 50 process, to try to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
The paper thinks Mrs May will be “hugely reluctant” to accept the offer, as it would mean breaking her promise that Britain will leave the EU on 29 March next year, putting her in a position where she could be forced to resign.
The Financial Times says the publication of the government’s full legal advice renewed backbench anger about the Irish backstop, prompting Mrs May to send the chief whip to hold talks with Brexiteers to try to find concessions that might avert a mass rebellion next week.
According to the Times, cabinet ministers are urging the PM to delay Tuesday’s vote, amid fears she is facing a defeat so catastrophic it could bring down the government.
It says Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, is leading calls for a postponement, backed by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Welsh Secretary Alan Cairns.
The Sun claims there’s a growing consensus at Westminster that Mrs May will have to resign if the Commons fails to back her deal. But the New Statesman website says Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party has promised to back the government in a vote of confidence if the withdrawal agreement is voted down.
It suggests the pledge of support “appears to answer the question of whether there will be a general election in the short term”.
Tsunami of rage?
The Guardian suggests Mrs May’s future “now depends on her showing more respect for Parliament”, having been forced to publish the government’s full legal advice on Brexit when there had been “no reason” for it to remain secret.
For the Mail, “it’s time for common sense, not a spectacle”. Conservative MPs, it says, must “come to their senses, and avoid the urge to land a free hit on the prime minister”.
The Times is worried about “gridlock”, and warns that unless MPs agree among themselves to deliver a resolution, “the British parliamentary system is set for stasis, chaos, or both”.
The Sun devotes half a page to an editorial setting out why what’s been called a plot to steal Brexit by Remainer MPs must, in its view, be “crushed”.
It claims the warning – made by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox – is “absolutely right”, and argues that the grave threat of a second referendum “is the fastest and surest route to potentially unimaginable disorder”.
In agreeing to a People’s Vote, it says, politicians would unleash a “tsunami of rage”, by ignoring the democratic rights of millions on the winning side of the biggest vote in British history.
All the papers feature images of the state funeral of former US President George HW Bush, with many showing his son and successor, George W, tearfully touching his coffin.
According to the Guardian, there was a “notable frostiness” as current President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania took their seats alongside other former presidents at the service in Washington. There had been an atmosphere of “cordiality” among the rest, it says.
Writing in the Times, columnist Gerard Baker suggests “you have to die to be a great conservative”.
“The gushing eulogies and rehabilitation of Mr Bush,” he says, “are the latest examples of how unfair the left-wing US media is to Republicans during their political careers”.