MPs Propose up to £2 m Fine for Social Networks Failing to Stop Online Abuse
Twitter’s abuse problem might get costly, after a group of MPs proposed fines of up to £2 million for social networks that can’t curb online harassment. The proposal is part of the “Malicious Communications (Social Media) Bill”, a private member’s bill introduced by Labour MP Anna Turley. The bill proposes a register of social media firms operating in the UK. These would be determined by the culture secretary, currently Karen Bradley, and regulated by Ofcom, the UK’s communications watchdog. According to the bill, regulated social media firms would need “reasonable means to prevent threatening content from being received” by British users. In short, social media platforms would need to filter for abuse, unless users had requested unfiltered content and are over the age of 18.