LONDON – On Monday, the British government said it would investigate making social media managers personally responsible for malicious content published on their platforms in a number of new online security proposals.
The plans were uncovered in a police document that also includes creating an independent regulator, aimed at coping with all kinds of harmful content from encouraging violence and suicide to spread disinformation and bullying.
The problem has been accelerating with Facebook's lack of immediate halt on the lives of an attack on March 15 by a Prime Minister Theresa May warned tech companies they had "not done enough" to protect users and the government's intention to put "a lawful duty of care" on the companies "to keep people safe".
"For too long, these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and adolescents, from harmful content," she said
"It's not good enough, and it's time to do things differently. [1
] The new laws adopted apply to all companies that allow users to share or discover user-generated content or interact with each other online.
It will include file hosting sites and chat forums, as well as the better-known social media platforms , messaging services and search engines.
Companies can face tough penalties for failing to meet the standards. "The government said.
Under the proposals, a new regulator would have the power to force platforms and others to publish annual transparency reports. ] The regulator will also be able to issue codes of practice that could force companies to meet certain requirements, such as employ the faculties, especially during election periods.
"The self-regulation time for online businesses is over," said digital secretary Jeremy Wright, adding that he wanted the sector to be "part of the solution".
"Those who fail to do so will face tough actions"
"For a long time, social networks have failed to prioritize children's safety and allow them to be exposed to grooming, abuse and harmful content," Peter Wanless said. , head of the national community to prevent cruelty to children.
"It is time they were forced to act through this legally binding duty to protect children, supported by fierce punishment if they failed to do so."