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7 Longreads You Won't Want To Miss

The best longform reporting, feature stories, and personal essays from BuzzFeed UK over the last month.

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1. How A Misleading Story About Animal Sentience Became The Most Viral Politics Article Of 2017, by Jim Waterson

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After fox hunting and the ivory trade hurt the Tories at the election, a misleading but hugely viral story about animal sentience has shown the power animal welfare issues on social media have to catch the government off guard.

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4. Twitter Has Suspended Another 45 Suspected Propaganda Accounts After They Were Flagged By BuzzFeed News, by Tom Phillips and James Ball

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The social media giant is facing serious questions over its efforts to deal with fake propaganda accounts after BuzzFeed News uncovered a network directly connected to the Russia-linked accounts Twitter submitted to Congress.

6. This Is What It's Like When Your Only Child Dies In Police Custody, by Fiona Rutherford

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James Herbert died after being restrained by officers and left naked in a cell. As a bill calls for changes when force is used with people with mental illness, his father said: "We're not going to get accountability, so let's focus on making the world better for people who are vulnerable."

7. One Of The Biggest Alternative Media Networks In Italy Is Spreading Anti-Immigrant News And Misinformation On Facebook, by Alberto Nardelli and Craig Silverman

Facebook / DirettaNews / iNews24 / BuzzFeed / Sian Butcher

The network sheds light on the overlap between the fringe underbelly of the Catholic world, Italy’s nationalist movements, and for-profit clickbait.

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