On Monday, a new safety law on Britain projecting on social media companies and technology firms would be penalized if they fail on protecting users from harmful contents.
A growing concern worldwide regarding the easy access of young people has caused a lot of damage following the death of a 14-year old Molly Russell. It became an interest in Britain, specially with parents that have issues on children with depression and suicide.
Social media platforms are being in control and governments around the world are working over how to make it better. Most of the focus is with the spread of online pornography, and for influencing or manipulating voters.
After Australia said it would penalize social media and web hosting companies and imprison executives if violent content is not removed “expeditiously “, global worries were recently worsened after Facebook’s livestreaming of the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.
In British media, an official said that the government would use fines, block access to websites, and impose liability on senior tech company management if they fail to limit the circulation of harmful content.
A regulator to police the rules will also be set-up.
Government approach on some parts were unclear. An industry trade group which is the TechUK said the paper is a significant step forward which needs 12-week consultation to be firmed up.
In a statement, TechUK said, “It is vital that the new framework is effective, proportionate and predictable,” saying not all concerns could be talked through instruction.
To ensure new regulations were effective, Facebook looks forward into working with the government. “Regulations were needed to have a standard approach across platforms” following the line of its founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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