Britain planned some new online safety laws on Monday which would slap penalties on technology news and social media companies if they fail to defend their users from fake and harmful content.
Easy access to harmful material specifically among the young people has growing concern across the world and came into the limelight in Britain after the death of 14 years old girl Molly Russell, which her parents stated that she viewed online content on suicide and depression.
Governments across the globe are trying over how to avoid harmful material on social media platforms, blamed for abuse, the rise of online pornography.
Worldwide concerns were currently stocked by the online streaming of the shooting in a mosque, New Zealand, on the Facebook platforms, afterward Australia stated it will fine social media platforms and web hosting companies if violent material id not removed “immediately”.
In a new policy paper of Britain media, the government stated it would look into perhaps using fines, stopping access to harmful websites, and imposing responsibility on senior technology company management for worsening to limit the supplying the harmful material. It may also set up a controller to the policy the rules.
An industry trade group, TechUK said that the policy paper was important to step forward, but it needed to be compressed over its 12-week consultation.
"It is important that the new outline is effective, predictable and proportionate," techUK stated in a report.
Social media giant Facebook stated it was looking forward to supporting the government to ensure new policies were operative, repeating FB founder Mark Zuckerberg’s line that the new rules and regulations were essential to have a standard approach among all social media platforms.
Rebecca Stimson, Facebook head of public policy, UK, stated that any rules should strike stability between supporting innovation and protecting society and free speech.
"These are composite issues to get right and we are looking forward to working with the parliament and government to ensure new principles are effective," Stimson told in a statement.