What the papers say – December 12

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Social media giants and snowflakes are making the headlines in Tuesday’s papers while the public enquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire is also featured on the front pages.

The Times carries a report from an ethics committee which suggests that social media companies should be prosecuted if they fail to remove racist, extremist or abusive content.

The paper says the recommendation comes following an inquiry into bullying on social media channels of candidates at this year’s general election.

Social media also features on the front of the Daily Mail, which carries quotes from Chamath Palihapitiya, who used be an executive at Facebook saying the site was “eroding human interactions”.

The Sun carries a story about another social media site – Twitter – on its front page, with the paper claiming the site “allows perverts to share their vile fantasies”.

The Daily Telegraph leads with a report claiming rail passengers are missing out on the chance to buy cheaper advanced tickets for the Christmas period and are being “misled” by train companies.

The Financial Times leads with a letter that Chancellor Philip Hammond – along with four other European finance ministers – has written to the White House expressing concern about proposed tax plans.

The Guardian leads on the first day of the public inquiry into Grenfell Tower fire – featuring a quote from Michael Mansfield QC who condemned the blaze as a “national atrocity” and claimed safety warnings were ignored.

The i leads on what it calls a “biggest breakthrough in brain science for 50 years” in a report on experimental treatment for Huntingdon’s disease.

The Metro leads on claims from three women who say they were sexually assaulted by US president Donald Trump . The White House called the claims false and “totally disputed in most cases”.

The Daily Mirror leads on the cold snap – saying that parts of the UK will be colder than Moscow – and also reports on the death of TV star Keith Chegwin at 60.

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