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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would force social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Snap to do more to block or remove harmful content on their platforms.
Following a consultation, the UK government said on Wednesday it planned to legislate to ensure companies had systems in place to tackle harmful content such as child abuse, cyber bullying and terrorist propaganda.The policy, which will be developed in the coming months, would not place an undue burden on business, the government said.
Penalties had not yet been decided, but it said the new rules would be enforced in a “fair, proportionate and transparent way”.Governments globally are wrestling over how to better control content on social media platforms, often blamed for encouraging abuse, the spread of online pornography and for influencing or manipulating voters.
The new regulations will apply to platforms on which user-generated content is shared, for example through comments, forums or video sharing. The regulator, most likely media watchdog Ofcom, must be able to take action against tech bosses who did not take online safety seriously, the government said, adding that it will set out its position on senior manager liability in the coming months.
Ben Packer, a lawyer at Linklaters who has advised technology companies, said the proposals showed Britain was committed to implementing one of the most ambitious regulatory frameworks yet, which would have a significant impact on tech giants.