Age verification measures designed to prevent children from accessing pornography online have been dropped, the Government has announced.
The Government is considering giving new powers to Ofcom that would allow the media regulator to fine technology companies over harmful videos posted online.
MPs have accused the Government of ignoring urgent calls to protect future elections, in the face of growing fears around online interference from foreign players and the way campaigns are funded in the digital age.
The father of Molly Russell, the teenager who took her own life after viewing disturbing material online, has urged social networks to take action immediately and not drag their feet until a regulator is introduced.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said “we cannot ignore the crimes being committed on social networks” at the launch of a Government white paper on online harms.
Plans for new laws making tech giants and social networks more accountable for harmful content online have been set out by the Government, in a bid to make the UK one of the safest places in the world to be online.
Social media companies will be legally required to protect their users – with senior management held personally liable if they do not comply with new rules around harmful content, according to a long-awaited Government white paper.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has criticised the Government’s plans to introduce a regulator that will aim to make tech companies more responsible for harmful content online, warning that it fails to address concerns about how social networks handle user data.
The Government will introduce “world first” internet safety laws designed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, new proposals claim.