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UK Government Wants to Punish Social Media Platforms for "Harmful Content" (Again)

Accepted submission by takyon at 2019-04-08 14:48:17
Digital Liberty

UK will hold social networks accountable for harmful content [engadget.com]

The UK government plans to penalize tech companies like Facebook and Google that fail to curb the spread of harmful content on their platforms. As promised [engadget.com], the country is seeking to empower an independent regulator to enforce the rules which target violent material, posts encouraging suicide, disinformation, cyber-bullying, and child exploitation. Over the coming weeks, the government will consult on the types of punishments available to the new watchdog, including fines, blocking access to sites, and holding senior members of tech companies accountable for their failures.

Both Facebook and Google have previously denied responsibility for the content published on their sites, evoking [bloomberglaw.com] the communications act in the US to overcome lawsuits accusing them of enabling terrorism and spreading extremist views. But calls for big tech to be regulated have grown in recent years following a spate of controversial incidents, the most recent of which was the live-streaming [engadget.com] of the mass shooting in New Zealand on Facebook.

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