LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said it would be in the power of the social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, and then to have to do more to block access to or remove the malicious content on their platforms.
FILE PHOTO: a Twitter-and-Facebook-logo together with the binary, cyber codes, it can be seen in this figure, 26 November, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo
As a result of the consultation, the BRITISH government said on Wednesday it planned to adopt legislation to make sure companies have systems in place to tackle harmful content, such as child abuse, cyber bullying, and terrorist propaganda.
The policy, which will be developed in the coming months, and would be no longer in the business of the government, he said. The sanctions had not yet been decided, but it is said that the new rules would be enforced in a fair, proportionate and transparent manner”.
Governments around the world are struggling on how to have a better control of the content on social media platforms, it is often blamed for encouraging the abuse, and the spread of online pornography, and the influence or the manipulation of the electorate.
Germany introduced regulations on social media by 2018, which platforms you will be fined if they do not see, and to remove the illegal content within 24 hours of it being posted. Australia has also been taken up.
“As the internet continues to grow, and to change our lives, it is essential that we get the right balance between a vibrant, open, and lively, a virtual world, one in which the user is to be protected against damage,” of Britain’s Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan, Minister for Home affairs, Priti Patel, said in a statement.
The new rules will apply to platforms that have user-generated content (ugc) is shared in, for example, by using comments, forums, or video sharing.
The regulator is most likely the media watchdog, Ofcom, will need to be able to take action against the tech boss who do not in online safety and security seriously, the government said, adding that it is her position as a senior executive responsibility in the next few months.
Ben Packer, a lawyer at Linklaters who has advised on technology companies, said the proposals showed the Uk was committed to support the implementation of one of the most ambitious regulatory frameworks, which will have a significant impact on the tech giants.
FACEBOOK’S BACK FOR THE BETTER REGULATION
Facebook and Google have said that they would be working with the UK government about the new rules and regulations.
Facebook said that it had long called for better regulation.
“The new rules are necessary, so that we have more joined-up approach to the different platforms and the private companies are not, as many of the important decisions alone,” said Rebecca Stimson, Facebook’s head of UK public policy.
“This is a complex challenge, as new regulations are necessary in order to protect the people from harm, without prejudice to the freedom of speech, or of the tremendous benefits that the internet has brought about.”
Safety and security is what Facebook took that very seriously,” she said, and in the last few years, the company has more than tripled the number of people who are working on the issue of 35,000, and with the help of artificial intelligence to find out and remove the malicious content.
Social media companies have been largely self-regulated, as the law has struggled to keep up with the technology.
The ceo of Google’s YouTube, the DISPATCH, Ben McOwen Wilson, said the platform is looking forward to working with the government to ensure free, open and secure internet.
“In order to make sure that our community is safe and secure, we will not wait for regulation, we now have a new technology, hiring expert reviewers, collaboration with external experts, and review our policies to ensure that they are appropriate to the ever-changing challenges that we’re facing online,” he said.
Great britain, first announced last year, which is the development of a new safety and security legislation, they say, would be the toughest in the world.
President boyd k. Packer said that the proposals, announced Wednesday, moves on to the previous discussion on the question of whether social media companies will need to be categorised as “publishers”, and are, therefore, subject to libel, slander and other acts, and to focus instead on the creation of platforms will be responsible for the systems they had in place to deal with harmful content.
Editing by Guy Faulconbridge/ Louise Heavens/Susan Fenton