The UK authorities are reflecting on the control of social network drivers to combat harmful content.
Cyberbullying, the dissemination of false information, promoting suicide and violence will no longer be tolerated and social network officials will be personally responsible for the content shared from their platforms.
British Authorities Will Prosecute Social Networking Officials for Harmful Content
The policy has not yet been formally implemented, but the British government has taken the online security very seriously to the Christchurch attack when online platforms like Facebook could not remove the white supremacist videos.
The British PM, Theresa May, defeated the technology companies and said “they don’t do enough” to protect users, especially the young generation.
For too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content. Online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms, and help restore public trust in this technology.
According to the initial proposals, a new regulator will be formed that will be responsible for monitoring the platforms that share harmful content. It will have the power to penalize companies by restricting access to websites, imposing high fines, and keeping the top authorities of the company accountable, and may also force technology companies to share transparency reports.
Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said:
The era of self-regulation for online companies is over. Those that fail to do this will face tough action.
The regulator will set up SOPs for online companies and fail to meet certain requirements, such as letting fact verifiers to confirm the news, especially on election days, will result in heavy sanctions.