MPs Pro­pose up to £2 m Fine for So­cial Net­works Fail­ing to Stop On­line Abuse

The Economic Times - - Disruption: Startups & Tech -

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.


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