Facebook says it's on a mission to be the place where people connect and "bring the world closer together". More than a billion people are on the social networking site every day, posting their thoughts, pictures, and videos. But alongside the family photos and FOMO inducing holiday videos is content that is truly disturbing. This British investigation has exposed the inner workings of the social media giant to reveal how and why content moderation decisions are made.
For more than three decades Cambodia has been ruled by one man, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who came to power in the country's first democratic elections after the horror years of the Khmer Rouge. Australia played a key role in the peace deal that ended the bloody civil war, but the once bright hopes for democracy have long since faded. Ahead of this weekend's elections, the Hun Sen regime launched a ruthless crackdown on the political opposition and free press. On Monday, in her first story for Four Corners, reporter Sophie McNeill travels to Cambodia to confront the man whose political opponents have been imprisoned and assassinated in mysterious circumstances. While steadily cementing their grip on power, Hun Sen and his family and cronies are accused of amassing enormous wealth through a corrupt and nepotistic system. Four Corners has uncovered evidence of how the regime's wealth has been used to buy properties and businesses in Australia, where some of Hun Sen's relatives have established a base for building support, sometimes through threats and intimidation. Since 2014, Australia has granted the regime $40 million in additional aid, in return for taking some of Australia's unwanted refugees, and the Turnbull Government upgraded ties with Cambodia last year. While the US has begun moves to sanction the regime by freezing assets and blocking visas, international observers accuse the Australian Government of cosying up to Hun Sen. While hopes for democracy have disintegrated, China has moved to dramatically expand its presence and power in the country. As Hun Sen prepares to tighten his grip on power after this weekend's elections, Cambodia's democracy campaigners say they feel abandoned.
Money for Nothing: How corporate greed and deception cost AMP its trusted place in Australian life AMP was once a trusted blue chip Australian company but its reputation is now in tatters following evidence before the Financial Services Royal Commission that it charged customers fees for no service and repeatedly lied about it to the corporate regulator. On Monday Four Corners investigates how AMP ripped off its customers and details the extraordinary measures it took to conceal its actions. In a revealing interview a former financial planner gives an insider’s account of the tactics used by AMP to cheat customers out of their own money. The former planner also blows the whistle on the company practice of pressuring financial planners to sell in house AMP products even if it meant a client would be financially worse off. AMP began selling life insurance in 1849. Four Corners examines how an iconic company with a trusted place in Australian life could have such a spectacular fall from grace. “I would never have thought that any of that sort of thing would have been going on in such an institution that has been around for so many years and has been trusted by the shareholders and by the public at large.” AMP Shareholder
The story of a brave young soccer team gripped the world. The extraordinary international effort to find and rescue 12 boys and their coach from a remote cave in northern Thailand was watched closely by millions. Four Corners documents this wonderful and tragic tale from the day the boys first disappeared until the joyous moment the last person left the cave. Reporter Mark Willacy is in northern Thailand for this special report.
Four Corners examines the secrets and scandals in Australia's horse racing industry. On the surface, Australia's racing industry has never been better. With a prize pool that's grown to more than $600 million it's one of the biggest industries in the country, employing more than 50,000 people. But away from the glamour all is not well in the sport of kings and die-hard racing identities are worried. In 2017 an astonishingly audacious doping conspiracy was uncovered. Five trainers and three stable hands were found guilty of taking part in Victoria's Aquanita doping scandal, but questions remain. Described as one of the darkest and longest chapters in the history of the sport, high profile racing figures are questioning how the sport is being policed. The damage done by the Aquanita doping conspiracy isn't the only problem facing the industry. The loss of high profile sponsors, the difficulty in attracting racegoers and concerns about animal cruelty have the racing fraternity on edge.
Four Corners investigates some of the worst biosecurity breaches in Australian history, uncovering sophisticated smuggling operations, inadequate enforcement and corruption. Last year a devastating exotic disease wiped out much of Queensland's prawn industry, threatening a lucrative trade based on our "clean" reputation and undermining faith in Australia's supposedly fortress-like borders. Now a Four Corners investigation will reveal how Australia's biosecurity measures were defeated by sophisticated smugglers. The program pieces together the dramatic fight to contain the outbreak and uncover the cause. Insiders talk about the cut-throat nature of the industry and the huge profits to be made by those breaking the law. Investigators warn that Australia's biosecurity regime can be easily exploited. Yet, the concern goes well beyond the seafood industry, with the program set to detail another significant breach that threatened a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Moscow Rules: in part three, Four Corners investigates the central allegations that members of the Trump team, including possibly the President himself, actively colluded with Russia to subvert American democracy. Sarah Ferguson investigates central allegations that members of Donald Trump's team, including possibly the president himself, actively colluded with Russia to subvert American democracy. Sarah Ferguson also speaks to Donald Trump’s long-time political adviser Roger Stone who along with several other members of the Trump campaign team is under investigation by the Special Prosecutor for possible collusion with Russia.
In part two, Four Corners speaks to key protagonists at the centre of the unfolding drama over members of the Trump team accused of being compromised by Russia. Months in the making, filmed across the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia, Sarah Ferguson charts the extraordinary allegations, interrogating the evidence and interviewing central characters in this unfolding story that could be lifted from the pages of a blockbuster spy novel.
It's the story of the century: The US President and his connections to Russia. In a Four Corners special series, award winning investigative reporter Sarah Ferguson follows the spies and the money trail from Washington, to London, to Moscow. In this three-part series, Four Corners delivers a riveting account of the allegations and evidence from the characters central to the drama that has gripped the world. On Monday night, the story begins: Follow the Money: Four Corners follows the money trail from New York to Moscow, tracking the ties between Trump, his business empire and Russia.
Mind the Gap Four Corner’s investigation tells the story of your out of pocket medical expenses. We’ve put you, the patient, at the centre of this investigation. Nine weeks ago we placed a call out, across ABC programs and social media, asking you to send us your bills. Hundreds of people across the country responded. In this joint Four Corners investigation with Dr Norman Swan from RN’s Health Report, the program examines what’s driving these out of pocket expenses. Millions of Australians fork out big money for private health insurance believing it will give them their choice of specialist and Rolls Royce service. Yet many, at a time of great personal crisis, are saddled with bills for treatment, leaving them thousands of dollars out of pocket and wondering why they bothered paying for insurance at all. Many blame Medicare and the private health funds, but often the cause of out of pocket expenses lies elsewhere and this eye-opening program reveals some hard truths for patients. For patients to get the best quality care for the money they pay, they need to rethink what high charging specialists actually deliver.
Complicit: the workers paying the price for our mobile phone obsession. Mobile phones, smartphones and tablets have revolutionised the way we communicate but the technology we are addicted to has had toxic consequences. China produces approximately 90% of the world's consumer electronics. The factories making the components for these electronic goods are filled with young workers who are being exposed to poisonous chemicals, with devastating results. This investigation, filmed secretly over four years, exposes the use of harmful chemicals and capturing the working conditions inside the factories churning out these products we all use. The film charts the growing realisation among the workers that their illnesses stem from their work and follows their fight for compensation. The landmark investigation led Apple to ban the use of benzene, a known carcinogen, and n-hexane, a chemical that damages the nervous system.But the ban does not apply to subcontractors who make up two-thirds of Apple's supply chain. And around 500 other chemicals are still used to produce electronics, mostly in the developing world, where there are few or no regulations to protect the workers who make them.
HSBC is one of the world's largest and most powerful financial institutions with offices on five continents, including in Australia. It likes to spruik its financial might and global reach. Behind the corporate gloss, it has a far less attractive reputation. The bank has been at the centre of several of the biggest financial scandals uncovered this century. HSBC, or the Hong Kong & Shanghai banking Corporation has been implicated in a raft of illegal activities, from money laundering for the mafia, to enabling tax evasion and currency manipulation. In this global investigation, the role of HSBC in these scandals is laid bare.
The events of that night in Kings Cross would change Saxon Mullins life forever.The young man she accused of raping her, on her hands and knees in the gravel in a laneway, pleaded not guilty, insisting their sexual encounter had been consensual.The incident led to a gruelling legal battle that went for almost five years, including two trials and two appeals. Eventually the accused man, Luke Lazarus, the son of a nightclub owner, walked free, acquitted of rape. The case has had devastating consequences for all involved, and some of the details of the story are hard to hear. But it's inspired a deep questioning of what exactly is consent to sex, how does a woman indicate it, and how does a man ensure that he has it? And is the law adequate to address these questions? Saxon Mullins' identity has been protected until now. But she's given up her anonymity to tell her story to Four Corners in the hope it will lead to change. The reporter is Louise Milligan.
Today, 60 percent of Australian adults are classified as overweight or obese. By 2025 that figure is expected to rise to 80 percent. Many point the finger at sugar - which we're consuming in enormous amounts - and the food and drink industry that makes and sells the products fuelled by it. Despite doctors' calls for urgent action, there's been fierce resistance by the industry to measures aimed at changing what we eat and drink, like the proposed introduction of a sugar tax.
There are millions of dollars being made in the Australian marijuana business but these entrepreneurs and investors aren't risking jail to make their fortunes. They're betting big on the home grown medicinal marijuana industry and riding the "pot stock" boom.
On Monday night Four Corners brings you the undercover investigation that has left social media giant Facebook reeling through the unmasking of the secretive political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and the dirty tricks they deployed. Four months in the making, this ITN investigation for Channel 4 in the UK used hidden cameras to reveal the tactics used by the UK firm Cambridge Anayltica to influence elections and undermine the democratic process in several countries. And the company's former director of research, Chris Wylie, explains how they did it.
The Australia Taxation Office is a formidable enforcer with extraordinary powers. It can raid your home or business without a warrant, it can compel you to answer questions and treat you as guilty until proven innocent. While there's strong public support for a crackdown on major multinational corporations to force them to pay their fair share, there is growing concern that the ATO is targeting people a long way from the big end of town. In a major joint Four Corners-Fairfax investigation, reporter Adele Ferguson puts the actions of the ATO under the microscope, examining how it uses its extensive powers.
Australia's superannuation retirement savings pool is enormous. At $2.5 trillion dollars, it's one of the largest in the world. But there are fears that even that huge sum of money won't be enough. Millennials are entering a very different workforce from the one that existed 30 years ago when compulsory superannuation was adopted. In the broader economy, it's estimated that between $3 and $6 billion dollars' worth of super entitlements per year are not being paid. Now there are calls to take a fresh look at super and make some major reforms.
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