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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said it would introduce social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and thought to be responsible for the blocking or deletion of harmful content on their systems.
A duty of care should be imposed in order to ensure that all of the companies had systems in place to respond to concerns about harmful content, and to improve the level of safety for users, the government said.
“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 from harm, We Minister to Nicky Morgan, Minister for Home affairs, Priti Patel, said in a statement.
The “duty of care” applies to the platforms on which the user-generated content (ugc) is shared in, for example, through comments, forums, or video sharing, it said on Wednesday, in response to a request.
The policy will have to be developed to a higher level of protection for children than for adults, the government said.
It is said that it was minded to make the broadcast and telecoms regulator, Ofcom is responsible for the oversight of the new regime.
Britain’s proposed new security law last year, said that it would be the toughest in the world.
The former prime Minister) Theresa May said at the time that they would have a legal “duty of care” in the internet-based companies, to keep users safe online. The companies could face large fines and penalties, with the chiefs also being held responsible, the government said.
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.
Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Louise Heavens