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Researchers hail ‘massive victory’ as government ditches blacklist


Cabinet Office withdraws guidance that saw academics blocked from events over social media posts

Researchers have expressed delight at the withdrawal of civil service guidance used to bar them from giving talks in Whitehall due to social media posts.

But the “massive victory” has come with a warning that it is still unclear how many people were blacklisted under the scheme and exactly what rules were applied where.

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