Facebook and Twitter face UK fines if fail on harmful content

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Facebook, Twitter and TikTok face fines of around 10% of earnings if they fail to remove and limit the spread of illegal material under legislation proposed by the UK on Tuesday.

Tech platforms may also need to do more to protect children from being subjected to grooming, bullying and pornography, the government said, to ensure the safety of children online.

Governments globally are wrestling over measures to better control dangerous or illegal content on social media, together with the EU set to unveil its own package on Tuesday.

Britain’s new rules, which will be introduced in legislation next year, can result in sites which violate the rules being obstructed and senior supervisors held liable for content.

Popular platforms will probably be required to have clear policies for articles that, while not prohibited, could cause harm such as disseminating misinformation regarding COVID vaccines.

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Dowden said the framework would give big digital businesses “robust rules” to follow along.

Facebook and Google said in February they’d work together with the authorities on the regulations. Both companies said they took security extremely seriously and they had changed their policies and operations to tackle the matter.

British media regulator Ofcom will be given the ability to fine companies up to 18 million pounds (approximately $24 million) or 10% of global turnover, whichever is greater, for breaking those rules.

It will also be able to block non-compliant services from being accessed in the UK.

Online journalism and reader comments on information publishers’ websites will be exempt to protect freedom of expression.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Paul Sandle. Editing by Alexander Smith.

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