Min­is­ter urged to es­tab­lish fo­rum for reg­u­la­tion of so­cial me­dia

The Irish Times - - Home News - COLM KEENA

A com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the reg­u­la­tion of so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies should be set up as a mat­ter of ur­gency, a defama­tion and pri­vacy lawyer has urged Min­is­ter for Jus­tice He­len McEn­tee.

With the UK, other Euro­pean coun­tries, and “even the United States” con­sid­er­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of laws to reg­u­late so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies, Ire­land, where many of the com­pa­nies have Euro­pean head­quar­ters, has an obli­ga­tion to look at the is­sue, Paul Tweed said in a let­ter to the newly ap­pointed Min­is­ter.

“Not­with­stand­ing the eco­nomic ben­e­fits that Face­book et al are bring­ing to Ire­land, they nonethe­less should in­cur a duty to pro­tect cit­i­zens and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity from on­line at­tacks, ha­rass­ment, hate speech and fake news.”

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