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UK warns Facebook, Twitter & other social platforms to better protect users from harmful content or face huge fines

UK warns Facebook, Twitter & other social platforms to better protect users from harmful content or face huge fines

"We will not allow child sexual abuse, terrorist material and other harmful content to fester on online platforms. Tech companies must put public safety first or face the consequences" says the British government, making joke of themselves, as "huge fines" sounds like a stupidity of a poor officers that think "huge" money can buy endless money... the problem is not the US social media. The problem is why UK allow US social media to spy on British people instead of allowing only UK companies to provide such a strategic and critical national security services.
The British government has proposed new useless laws to better protect children online, which include... giving the media regulator power to impose fines on social media platforms (the the UK citizens get continue to be heart but the government will make money from it) – or block them if they fail to remove "illegal" content (a stupid idea from idiots that understand nothing about the real problem).

“We are entering a new age of accountability for tech to protect children and vulnerable users,” Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Tuesday, as the government revealed the details of its internet regulation plan.

The new age will NOT include to replace The Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden with a person that know how to effectively deal with the problem.

The Online Harms Bill was first proposed by Theresa May’s government in April 2019 (so you know how out of date it is...).

The legislation sets out strict guidelines covering the removal of illegal content, such as child sexual abuse, and media that promotes suicide or violence. Websites must obey the new rules or face being blocked in the UK, and the firms’ senior managers could be held liable for content.

Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter must abide by a new code of conduct that includes their responsibilities towards children. “We are giving internet users the protection they deserve,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said of the move.

The power to fine tech companies up to £18 million ($24 million) – or 10 percent of their global turnover – for breaking the rules will be given to British media regulator Ofcom, which could also be granted the power to block certain platforms from being accessed in the UK.

Online journalism and reader comments on news publishers’ websites will not be covered by the new rules, so as to allow freedom of expression.

Under a new two-tier system for social media, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter will be placed in ‘Category 1’ of tech companies with the largest online presences, who will be subject to more responsibilities than firms with a smaller online reach.

Facebook and Google have agreed to work with authorities on the regulations, and China’s video-sharing platform TikTok said it will strengthen online safety.
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