The british broadcasters urge ‘independent supervision’ of Facebook, Google and Twitter



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A group of leading British broadcasters have called for stricter regulation and “independent monitoring” of the large technology companies in a letter published on Sunday.

The letter, printed in the Telegraph and signed by the heads of the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, BT and TalkTalk, calls for a guard dog for the tech companies that the broadcasters claim to have more and more taken on the role of the publisher. Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, which owns a 39.1 per cent of the shares in the Sky.

“We do not think it is realistic or appropriate to expect that the internet and social media companies make all the decisions about what content is and is not acceptable, without any independent supervision,” the letter said, according to Business Insider.

The british broadcasters continued: “There is an urgent need for an independent review of the decisions taken, and greater transparency. This is not about the censoring of the internet, it is about making the most popular internet platforms to make it safer, by ensuring there is accountability and transparency about the decisions of these private companies are already doing.”


Large technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google come under increasing fire for how they do or do not police content, the fight against any incitement to hatred, stop the misinformation and the protection of privacy.

Lawmakers in the united states and the united kingdom have already held hearings to grill top executives, and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg are set to appear before the Senate on Tuesday.

Comment on the letter, a government spokesman told the Telegraph: “We are clear that more needs to be done to address online harms. We are committed to further legislation.”

Facebook had no comment on the letter, and Google has no response to the request of Fox News. A source familiar with the matter on Twitter confirmed that the social platform will continue to take part in discussions about regulations, and that any new rules should respect the Internet as a source for openness and innovation.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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